Step Inside of Jim Kay’s Diagon Alley Now at Seven Stories!
Here at MuggleNet, we are all eagerly anticipating the release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Illustrated Edition! Now those who live in the North East of England can view one of the original pieces of artwork up close, ahead of the October release. Seven Stories, in Newcastle, is exhibiting Jim Kay’s Diagon Alley and fans now have the opportunity to walk through the magnificent piece themselves! From the press release:
To celebrate Jim Kay’s stunning full-colour illustrations for J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the first in the series to be published in September 2015, by Bloomsbury, the attic will be transformed into the streets of Diagon Alley.
We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the many people who have made our refurbishment possible. When we opened 10 years ago we didn’t imagine the impact that we would have on children and families in the North East and beyond… The investment we’ve been able to make will help us continue to be the UK’s leading museum for children’s literature, celebrating this wonderful art that we all can own and making sure that our young people have the best start in life by enjoying books and stories.
During a visit to Seven Stories, there are plenty of opportunities for young children to play and interact; they can also attend Story Time, explore the large bookstore, and admire the other exhibitions. The other current exhibitions are Painting with Rainbows – A Michael Foreman Exhibition, Rhyme Around the World, and A Bear Called Paddington.
Harry Potter fans are in for an extra treat since Jonny Duddle, who illustrated the new Harry Potter book covers, is set to attend the center in August!
The Studio is the perfect place for children and grownups of all ages to discover draw, paint, write, make, doodle, and build. Inspired by the work of children’s authors and illustrators, everyone has the chance to make a masterpiece they can take home.
This summer the Studio opens with [t]he Pirate Cruncher, and Seven Stories are delighted that Jonny Duddle will launch the new artist residency programme, by paying a special visit on Wednesday 19 August to add to the 10th [b]irthday celebrations.
What scene from the illustrated edition would you like to see up close? Let us know in the comments!