Museum competition marks illustrated Harry Potter launch

Museum competition marks illustrated Harry Potter launch

Bloomsbury Children’s Books is celebrating the release of the illustrated Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone with a new competition, launched in association with children’s charity Kids in Museums.

The Harry Potter Spotter competition marks the release of the first illustrated Harry Potter novel, with the original text by J K Rowling and illustrations by Jim Kay.

For the competition, which launches today (9th October), Bloomsbury is asking children to find pictures from the new book in 12 museums in the UK and Ireland, and share photos of themselves with the image via Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #HarryPotterSpotter.

One overall winner will receive a family ticket to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, as well as a Harry Potter tote bag, a signed print, and a copy of the deluxe illustrated edition of the book (r.r.p. £150).

A further 12 prize winners (one from each museum) will get a Harry Potter tote bag, a Jim Kay signed print and a copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Illustrated Edition (r.r.p. £30).

Kay said: “Museums are one of my favourite places to visit. The objects they contain tell the story of ourselves and our world, and I find them endlessly inspiring and fascinating. My illustrations owe so much to museum collections, it's an honour to know they will appear in the places that made me want to become an artist.”

The Harry Potter Spotter competition launches on 9th October and closes at midnight on 1st November.

The participating museums are: Beamish Museum, Derby Museum, Egypt Centre Swansea, Falmouth Art Gallery, Hampton Court Palace, Manchester Museum, Museum of Childhood Edinburgh, Museum of London, National Gallery of Ireland, Norwich Castle, River and Rowing Museum, and the V&A Museum of Childhood.