Hogwarts is at  Bailiffgate

This stunning exhibition called Illustrating Harry Potter lasts till mid June and 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 can 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!



Winners of the Harry Potter Art Competition on view at the museum for the duration of the exhibition are as follows:




Winner: "Sorting Hat"

Winner: " Fantastic Creature"

Highly commended

5-8 years

Lucie Fatherley

Felton Primary

James Gaines

Shilbottle Primary

Emma Hughes

Rothbury First School

9-12 years

Macey Dolan

Seahouses Middle School

Jamie Luke

Duke’s Middle School

Imogen Mitchell

St Cuthberts RC First School

13-18 years

Freya Bloomfield

Seahouses Middle School 

Charlotte Walton







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.


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