Jacko Invites Harry Potter Kids Backstage

Also, singer will arrive at shows via boat
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 24, 2009 12:25 PM CDT
Michael Jackson announces his summer concert series at London's O2 Arena, March 5, 2009.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – In what might not be the best PR move, Michael Jackson invited the young stars of the Harry Potter films backstage for the opener of his London summer concerts, the Sun reports. “He was utterly enchanted by the magic of JK Rowling’s novels,” a source says. “He is a big admirer of the films too; he owns all the movies and … memorabilia for his collection.”

If Harry, Ron and Hermione take Jacko up on his offer, they’ll get to watch him arrive by riverboat. The arrangement was made after Michael told organizers he is afraid of helicopters and of being driven “in public places,” the Mirror adds. “He loves the idea of turning up by boat,” says a source. “He thinks it’s much more glamorous and very James Bond.”