A Slaithwaite magic wand shop has found global fame after Harry Potter author JK Rowling tweeted about it.
Mystical Moments’ Richard Carter, who makes the wands for people interested in spirituality, made headlines across the world after being accused of banning Potter fans from his shop and refusing to sell them his handiwork.
And Harry Potter creator JK Rowling took to Twitter after reading about the shop.
She shared a link to a story by the Independent, headlined: “Harry Potter fans banned from wand shop for not being real wizards.”
And then she tweeted: “Oh yeah? Well, I don’t think they’re real wands.”
Richard said messages had been coming in from around the world since Ms Rowling’s tweet.
He said: “Enquiries have been coming in from like minded people who are on a spiritual path and understand that our wands are not toys but spiritual tools.
Oh yeah? Well, I don't think they're real wands. https://t.co/CkiavJyDLu— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) August 14, 2016
“I understand that everybody has their own opinions and belief systems but we are slightly disappointed at her throwaway comment about our wands and their purpose without any knowledge of our belief system.
“Obviously she has only read one part of the story and not the Examiner’s last piece which stated the facts.”
Earlier, Richard had said his comments were taken out of context by the journalist who rang after reading the story about the shop opening in the Examiner.
He told us: “What’s happened is very strange.
“A freelance journalist rang me up to have a chat after the Examiner article and the conversation turned to Harry Potter. But he took some of what I said out of context.
“I said that if Harry Potter fans wanted a wand they should go on eBay because what they’re basically after is a toy. But I have not banned them from the shop.”