Thousands of Bulgarian teens go for Harry Potter role
Thousands of teenagers are bidding for a lead role Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire after bosses announced they wanted a real Bulgarian to play the part of Victor Krum.
In the JK Rowling book, Krum is the 17-year-old Bulgarian Quidditch player and he also plays the love interest for Harry's friend Hermione Grainger.
Krum is described as having bushy eyebrows, a crooked nose and walks with a slouch.
However, despite the specific description of the Bulgarian trainee wizard, thousands of teenagers have applied for the auditions.
The only requirements for hopefuls is that they have fluent English, artistic skills and charm.
The first casting is due to take place in the Bulgarian capital Sofia later this week.
Other castings are set to take place around the country with the shortlisted actors flown to London to meet the producers, where a final selection will be made.
JK Rowling chose the Bulgarian team for her fourth book after being inspired by the country's fourth place in the 1994 World Cup.
In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, magicians from all over the world take part in the Quidditch World Cup, and Krum leads the Bulgarians to a glorious victory over the Irish team.
News that producers wanted a real Bulgarian has sparked a wave of Harry Potter mania and Bulgarian producer Victor Bozhinov, who has been asked to organise the casting, said they had been flooded with calls and applications from hopefuls.
He said: "I am only sad the action in the fourth book did not take place in Bulgaria as I am sure they would have come here to film as well. Victor Krum is a very clearly defined character. Anyone who seems conventionally good looking or a mummy's boy will not have a chance."
Filming of the fourth book is due to start in April.
Titles related to this article