To celebrate the upcoming release of the illustrated edition of Quidditch Through the Ages, Bloomsbury invited fans from all over the world to board a broom online simultaneously.

So, we may not be able to actually fly, but Bloomsbury definitely made magic recently after smashing a brand-new Guinness World Record. The challenge? Ask as many people as possible, all across the globe, to get on a broom, and record the moment online in perfect unison. The result: an absolute clean sweep.

Participants from 40 countries, comprised of 133 households ended up taking part in the challenge, coming from the likes of Australia, India, Spain, Canada, France, Czech Republic, Italy, Japan, Hong Kong, Brazil, South Africa, Oman, USA, Philippines and the UK, to name a few. And for those wondering precisely what the record is called, it’s Most People to Simultaneously Board a Broom Online. Just in case you ever fancy a go at breaking the record yourself on a rainy day.

A spokesperson from Bloomsbury Publishing said of the achievement: ‘We’re thrilled that so many people took the time to take part in this successful Guinness World Records attempt. It’s wonderful that during this challenging time video sharing platforms allow fans to come together and celebrate in new and unique ways.’

Congratulations to everyone who took part!

The record attempt was put together in celebration of the upcoming Quidditch Through the Ages Illustrated Edition. This potted history of the wizarding sport, as written by J.K. Rowling back in 2001, is soon to get a brightly coloured makeover, thanks to the imaginative drawings of artist Emily Gravett. The book is released in the UK and US in hardback on 6th October by Bloomsbury Publishing, in aid of Comic Relief and Lumos. Visit the Bloomsbury website for more details.