Hogwarts sandcastle
Hogwarts sandcastle

Hogwarts sandcastle wins competition

  July 12, 2004 at 6:21 PM ET
  Cheeser     Wizard News (via San Diego Union-Tribune)
  u.s. open sandcastle competition, sandcastles, building sand castles, harry potter sand castle

At the 24th annual U.S. Open Sandcastle Competitionopens in new window this weekend, teams battled on the beachopens in new window to create the most realistic sand sculpture possible in just five hours.

A gigantic replica of Harry Potter's Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry allowed its magical masters to take home the grand prize of $5,000.

The winning team, which has been together for over two decades, watched in horror at one point when a side of the castle fell off. "I'm stressing," said Carolyn Gurich, one of the group's ten members. "I never thought in my entire life that I would be so concerned with the consistency of sand."

Last year, an amateur group took fourth place in the "replica" category with their Hogwarts castle and book sculpture. And just last month, Harry made another appearanceopens in new window in the dirt in an Illinois sandcastle building contest.


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