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This 8-Year-Old Magician Might Be Real Hermione Granger [VIDEO]

Jill O'Rourke

Jill O'Rourke

Harry Potter‘s Hermione Granger might actually be real, although you might know her better as BGT star Issy Simpson. The 8-year-old magician made a splash on the show in 2017.


Issy shocked the judges with the amazing magic tricks in her audition, which involved several books and a deck of cards. Check it out below, and read on to find out what the judges said.

Issy Simpson auditions for “BGT.”

Magician Issy Simpson Auditions For ‘BGT’

Before her audition, Issy told the judges that her grandfather taught her magic. “So that means your grandfather is a wizard,” Simon Cowell joked, making Issy smile and the BGT audience laugh.

Issy said she wants to be Hermione Granger when she grows up. She also said she likes to “make everyone gasp and go wow.” And she certainly did that during her performance.


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At one point, she played a trick on Simon by making a seemingly empty box too heavy to pick up. She later managed to predict the exact word Alesha Dixon would choose in a book, and knew exactly what card Simon would choose from a deck.

“Is it bad for me to call you a witch?” Simon said. “Because this is like real-life Harry Potter.” Amanda Holden said Issy was “extraordinary,” and better than a lot of grown-up magicians.


Watch Issy Simpson’s journey on “BGT.”

How Far Did Issy Go In The Competition?

Issy went on to show off her powers of prediction in later performances during the competition. She ended up as the runner-up in Season 11 of BGT. But that was only the beginning of her Got Talent journey.

In 2019, Issy competed on America’s Got Talent: The Champions. She performed the same routine as her first audition for BGT. Unfortunately, she didn’t make it past the preliminaries.

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Later that same year, Issy returned to the BGT stage to compete in Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions. She was once again eliminated during the preliminaries. However, that hasn’t stopped her from pursuing her dream.

Issy just turned 12 years old. Last December, she launched an online Magic School to teach people her craft. You can also check out her YouTube channel to see more of Issy’s amazing magic tricks.

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About the Author

Jill O'Rourke
Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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