Has your School Joined our exciting Harry Potter Competition Yet? See Below


Hogwarts is Coming to Bailiffgate

A stunning exhibition called Illustrating Harry Potter comes to Alnwick in March 2017. Lasting till late June it showcases original illustrations, sketches, models and final prints from the brand new edition of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, illustrated by Jim Kay.

The spellbinding exhibition has been put together by Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books in Newcastle, and Bloomsbury Children’s Books.



Jim Kay was personally selected by J.K.Rowling to bring her Harry Potter’s world alive with his dazzling illustrations. Over the next few years, Jim will be reimagining all seven books, with the first now available in a beautiful hardback edition.

“Seeing Jim Kay’s illustrations moved me profoundly. I love his interpretation of Harry Potter’s world, and I feel honoured and grateful that he has lent his talent to it.”

J.K. Rowling




Visitors will be able to pore over intricate sketches and stunning pencil drawings and discover Jim’s complex, creative process from inspiration to final illustration. Best of all, fans will be able to come face-to-face with breath-taking portraits of their favourite characters from Hogwarts.

This enchanting world of Harry Potter includes:

• Jim’s model of the Hogwarts Express

• Impressive concept artwork of iconic scenes and characters

• A short film made by Jim Kay showing him working on illustrations for the Harry Potter book Chamber of Secrets. He works in a small studio on the back of his house and takes inspiration from his garden and the wildlife in it. His drawings of the architecture for Hogwarts and Dagon Alley are influenced by plant structure and colour that he sketches for future reference. He uses what he sees around him to create the most imaginative and spectacular illustrations for the characters and settings in the Harry Potter books

• Final oil on board artwork of Professors McGonagall and Dumbledore.  Plus:

Fun activities for all the family with plenty of costumes to make your trip extra special!




Jim Kay is the 2012 Kate Greenaway Medal winning illustrator of "A Monster Calls" by Patrick Ness, a book whose impressive illustrative style is atmospheric and haunting.


Jim loves to work with print but turned to watercolour and pencil for his more recent work. His beautiful new illustrated edition of the nation’s favourite children’s book is brimming with rich detail and humour that perfectly complements J.K. Rowling’s timeless classic, captivating fans and new readers alike.






Remember that Friends of the Museum can see this and

all our exhibition programme for free. 

 We are now takings bookings for school and group visits. For more information please click here.

Illustrating Harry Potter- Competition for Schools

What is the competition?

From March 18th Bailiffgate Museum will proudly host this magical exhibition of art work by Jim Kay, the illustrator of JK Rowling’s fabulous Harry Potter books. We want every child in our area to experience the opportunity to have their work displayed alongside that of this internationally renowned artist. All entries will be edited into a video to be projected continuously throughout the three months of the exhibition. We expect many visitors and we know that our local children will produce some stunning work of which we can all be proud.

We will select prize winners, of different age groups, (5-8 years, 9-12 years and 13-18 years) who will receive a framed picture of their work that will hang in the museum, and later at home. They will also be, with their parents or carers, to attend our special exhibition launch on 17th March at 6.30pm, with other invited guests.

 Competition  Entry Details 

Children are asked to produce one piece of work from either of these categories:

1. Design your own version of a 'Sorting Hat' from 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone'. In the book it is described as being a 'pointed wizard's hat which was patched and frayed'. It is also able to sing! Jim Kay's version in the newly illustrated book is very colourful, too. What would your version look like?

 2. Draw your own version of an imaginative creature which J. K. Rowling might include in a future book. It could be a combination of parts of a number of different animals, or something totally new. Let your imagination take over! Jim Kay (the new illustrator of the Harry Potter books) is influenced by many patterns and wonderful shapes in nature. Perhaps you could get some similar ideas yourself.


Please note.....

* Make sure your illustration must be done on A4 size paper, in landscape format (that is the long way across)

* Only use pen, pencil, crayon, paint

* Avoid pastels, or chalk as they smudge easily. Do not attach extras for a 3D effect , as these are very difficult to scan.

 Closing date

All work must be delivered to the museum by Tuesday 14th February. We need time to judge the work and electronically scan and edit the children’s images into a colourful and exciting addition to our exhibition.

Please follow these guidelines to help us scan and display your pupils’ work to the highest possible standard.

1. Teachers are asked to ensure that on the back of each piece of work, written in PENCIL, is the following information-

* Pupil’s name

* Age

* Subject e.g. hat or creature

* School

NB: Pen shows through when the work is scanned and damages the image.


2. Please send a Microsoft word document listing each child’s first name to ask@bailiffgatemuseum.co.uk

If there are several children sharing a first name please identify as follows e.g. Billy R, Billy S. We will use this list to credit all the children on the screen whose work is being projected. This will save us a lot of time.


For source material to help inspire your pupils we recommend you visit these websites: http://www.jimkay.co.uk/category/gallery/ http://www.harrypotter.bloomsbury.com/uk/ http://natureinart.org.uk/

Good luck !    And finally, a thank-you....

The schools’ work produced by local children for our 2016 Wild exhibition was one of its highlights. We are sure this can be repeated again with the inspirational subject of Harry Potter. During the exhibition we will be welcoming school visits  and also inviting art students to come to the museum for special art classes where these budding artists can see, up close, Jim Kay’s work in all stages of the creative process. A truly inspirational experience for all artists. We can tailor all school visits to suit school needs.


Please check our website regularly for updates or call on 01665 605908. Email queries should go to ask@bailiffgatemuseum.co.uk