Tucked in the South Devon countryside near Newton Abbot, visiting Seale Hayne for the first time is a little magical even when there isn’t a Harry Potter exhibition running.
With its elegant archways and sweeping views of the surrounding countryside, it’s long been one of my favourite spots for a Sunday lunch in the bistro. Think wooden panelling on the walls, a fireplace that would do Hogwarts proud and quirky paintings on the wall to keep you pondering while you feast…
Anyway, when news of the Illustrating Harry Potter exhibition reached us we were in the car and buying our £2 tickets before you could say “expelliarmus!”. The exhibition runs until 25th September, and it’s a chance to see the illustrations and sketches that will be bringing the brand new edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to life for fans.
Jim Kay, the man behind the illustrations, was personally chosen by J.K Rowling herself to work on the book, and the good news is that he’ll be reimagining every one of the books with his talents. The exhibition’s a great chance to get up close to the original sketches of the characters we all know and love, and you’ll find handy explanations of the thought behind the final illustrations beside each one.
But that’s not all…if you’ve always secretly fancied dressing up in full Hogwarts costume and hopping on to a Nimbus 2000 then here’s your chance…you’ll be able to have one of your group capture your moment of wizardry on camera while you try to catch the golden snitch!
Illustrating Harry Potter is showing at Seale Hayne in Ashburton until 25th September.