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Art Editorial

harrypotter17.jpg You’ll know this lad, right?

The wonderful Bailiffgate Museum in Alnwick is open again after a short closure with a blockbusting Harry Potter exhibition showcasing the work of artist Jim Kay, and more besides.

Alnwick, of course, already has strong Harry Potter connections with Alnwick Castle doubling for Hogwart’s in the films, and now those links are growing stronger with this exhibition that will showcase the stunning work of Jim Kay.

Jim is the artist who has been beavering away on the illustrated editions of the novels and his work is full of breathtaking complexity and beauty, rich in detail and humour.

Jane Mann of the museum: “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 Jim Kay’s illustrations. Budding artists can also see Jim’s creative process at work as he moves from model making, to drawing, to finished painting.”

In addition to dozens of drawings and paintings, there is a splendid recreation of Platform Nine and Three Quarters, which should prove for some fabulous photo opportunities (broomsticks provided). And younger children can have fun in the new puppet theatre featuring Harry and friends while there are also plenty of costumes for lots of dressing up. You might even get a chance to try on the sorting hat…

Illustrating Harry Potter, 18-March-18 June, Bailiffgate Museum, 14 Bailiffgate, Alnwick, NE66 1XL. £4 adults, £3 conc., £1 children (under 5s free). bailiffgatemuseum.co.uk