Potter spell cast over Charnwood Museum

Charnwood Museum

A magical spell will be cast over Charnwood Museum with the arrival of a new Harry Potter exhibition.

The display opens on Saturday, October 15 and will feature illustrations of ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’, which has been reimagined by illustrator Jim Kay.

His artwork has been published in a new illustrated edition of the book which was released last year. The display will feature original work including sketches, oils and digital prints.

There will also be a variety of merchandise available to buy, from copies of the illustrated book to Harry Potter soft toys and stationary.

The exhibition is part of the Loogabarooga Festival which opens on October 19 and celebrates children’s illustrated literature. Over the course of six days, the festival offers fun for all the family including a series of author talks, workshops and events at venues in Loughborough.

Councillor Hilary Fryer, Cabinet Member for Leisure at Charnwood Borough Council said: “It’s so exciting to have the exhibition here as part of the Loogabarooga Festival.

“Harry Potter is such a well-loved story by children and adults alike, so it’s wonderful to be able to experience the magical world brought to life through these illustrations.”

Councillor Richard Blunt, the county council’s cabinet member for museums, said: “This is a really exciting exhibition which we’ve been delighted to secure from Seven Stories.

“It demonstrates the tremendous value of our strong local partnerships as we continue to support museums across the county.”

The exhibition opens on Saturday, October 15, and runs until Sunday, January 8, 2017.

Performers, workshops and exhibitions Loogabarooga include Michael Rosen, best-selling children’s author and poet, and former Children’s Laureate; comedian, entertainer and writer, Julian Clary reading from his latest book, The Bolds To The Rescue.

For more information about the Loogabarooga Festival and to book tickets, visit http://loogabarooga.co.uk/