A statue of Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter in flight has joined the famous statues of London's Leicester Square.

The bronze figure depicts the moment the fictional wizard first took flight on his Nimbus 2000 broom over the Hogwarts quidditch pitch in the first instalment, Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone.

It was unveiled on Wednesday during a socially distanced ceremony hosted by TV presenter Alex Zane, and is expected to remain in the square until at least July 2023.

It features on the square's north terrace, close to where the first film had its world premiere in November 2001.

Eight statues from the past 100 years, including Laurel and Hardy, Mary Poppins and Mr Bean, were erected in late February as part of a "statue trail".

Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone

Zane said: "Harry Potter has brought so much joy to fans around the world and many like me have grown up with him, so it's fantastic that he is taking his rightful place here in Leicester Square where I was lucky enough to host the series' final premiere.

"I can't think of a more deserving addition to Scenes In The Square."

Leicester Square was first home to a cinema in 1930, with the first premiere taking place there in 1937.

Since then, it has cemented its place in cinema history and regularly plays host to some of the most high-profile events in the film calendar.

Also represented in the square are Looney Tunes' Bugs Bunny, Wonder Woman, Batman and Paddington.