Visitors will be spellbound

Harry Potter in a cupboard - drawing by Jim Kay for Bailiffgate Museum exhibition
Harry Potter in a cupboard - drawing by Jim Kay for Bailiffgate Museum exhibition

Prepare to be spellbound when you visit Bailiffgate Museum in Alnwick this spring.

On Saturday, March 18, after a four-day closure, the museum will open its doors for the latest exhibition, which showcases the dazzling depiction, by artist Jim Kay, of the wizarding world and much loved characters of the first Harry Potter book.

The exhibition was originally put together by Seven Stories in Newcastle.

Jim’s illustrations will captivate fans and newcomers alike as he reveals the colourful world of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

This illustrated version of the first Harry Potter book, and the original art work shown in the exhibition, is full of rich detail, humour and images of breathtaking complexity and beauty.

Twenty years after the original publication, Bailiffgate Museum is delighted to bring the magic of the illustrated version to this part of the world.

Jane Mann, volunteer, said: “We already have the obvious connection between Harry Potter and Alnwick because of the filming of the first two Harry Potter films at Alnwick Castle, the home of Hogwart’s School, but we think this exhibition offers something new.

“While avid Harry Potter readers can marvel at their favourite characters brought to life by Jim Kay, every visitor will be enthralled by the sheer artistry of his illustrations. Budding artists can also see Jim’s creative process at work as he moves from model making, to drawing, to finished painting.”

Alongside drawings and paintings, there will be a recreation of Platform 9¾ and a puppet theatre for younger visitors, as well as work from local schoolchildren and much more.