Harry Potter tops list of favourite U.K. children's book

Harry_Potter_and_the_Philosopher's_Stone_Book_Cover.jpgHarry Potter has cast a spell over young Muggles in the U.K. that doesn't look to be fading any time soon.

In a poll of more than 24,000 readers, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the novel that introduced J.K. Rowling's popular boy wizard to the world, topped the list as the U.K.'s favourite children's book of the past century, the Guardian reports.

The poll, commissioned by the U.K. children's charity Booktrust, saw Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games and Roald Dahl's The BFG complete the top three.

"Harry Potter has captured the imaginations of a generation of readers who have grown up in love with Harry or Hermione, want to be friends with Ron, and are truly terrified by Voldemort," said Booktrust's Claire Shanahan. "Even when up against heavyweights such as Dahl and Tolkien, Rowling's creation remains the nation's firm favourite."

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