It might have irked a few younger folk that the Guinness World Record for the fastest time to reach one million followers on Instagram was held by 94-year-old Sir David Attenborough.
The naturalist’s account took four hours and 44 minutes to reach the landmark back in September, and currently has north of six million followers.
Sir David is no longer the holder of that world record, though, having been knocked off his perch by Harry Potter star Rupert Grint.
Yeah, Ron bloody Weasley.
On November 10, Grint started his account and posted this:
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Props to actor Tom Felton, who played Draco Malfoy, for his message – “Welcome Weasley, it’s about time. Love to Wednesday xx”.
In four hours and one minute, Grint’s account reached a million followers, smashing Sir David’s record by a full 43 minutes.
Proof that baby pictures, when used sparingly, are a hit on social media.
Grint’s second post was a trailer for season two of the series The Servant, which he stars in, so I see he’s made the pivot seamlessly into self-promotion.
Via the BBC, here’s how the record has progressed since David Beckham’s time back in 2015:
Who will take that record next?
Daniel Radcliffe doesn’t have an official Instagram account, stating last year that he doesn’t have “the mental fortitude for the internet”.
If Weasley can crack a million in four hours, surely Potter himself would best that?
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