Phelps brothers share love of sports

  October 18, 2003 at 1:33 PM ET
  James     Wizard News (via The Sun)

Not unlike many of the fans who worship the ground on which Jamesopens in new window and Oliver Phelpsopens in new window tread, the twin Fred and George Weasley-impersonators also share a fanatic adorationopens in new window of Britain's football teams. James is a follower of the Blues team and Oliver finds his pick in both the Blues and the Claret. While the siblings are accustomed to "scribbling" down an autograph or two for hopeful well-wishers, they still find solace in the hope of receiving penmanship from any of the football players.

Their faces will also be instantly recognisable to anyone who has ever watched one of the smash-hit Harry Potter movies.

Yet James and Oliver Phelps are reduced to tongue-tied hero worship when it comes to the footballers of Birmingham and Aston Villa.

The twins — better known as Fred and George Weasley — only finished filming The Prisoner of Azkaban, the third instalment of author J K Rowling’s series, last Monday.

It means their calendar is clear for the big one — Brum versus Villa at St Andrews at midday on Sunday.

James, of Blues persuasion, will be in his usual seat and hoping to add to his growing catalogue of autographs.

Oliver, who supports the Claret and Blues, will go to Villa Park and watch the action on a big screen.


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