Swansea’s Egypt Centre part of UK-wide Harry Potter museum competition

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Swansea University’s Egypt Centre has been chosen as one of 12 museums across the UK that will take part in a Harry Potter Spotter competition to celebrate the publication of the Illustrated Edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, and illustrated by Jim Kay.

Bloomsbury Children’s Books is launching the Harry Potter Spotter competition on Friday, 9 October, in association with children’s charity, Kids in Museums and The Telegraph.

Harry Potter Working with Kids in Museums, Bloomsbury has placed 12 Jim Kay prints in 12 different museums around the UK and Ireland. With a clue to solve at each venue, entrants will be required to take a selfie with the artwork and share it on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #HarryPotterSpotter and mentioning @theegyptcentre if using Twitter. Entrants must be aged nine years or over. 

Lauren Wale, front of house manager at the Egypt Centre, said: “We are very privileged to be part of this exciting competition here at The Egypt Centre! It’s a really fun opportunity to come and see if you can find one of the prints here at the museum, and the chance to win some really great prizes too!”

Illustrator Jim Kay has always been a fan of museums, saying: “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.”

One overall winner will receive a family ticket to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter; a Harry Potter tote bag; a Jim Kay signed print and a copy of the Deluxe Illustrated Edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, worth £150. Twelve additional prize winners, one from each museum, will receive a Harry Potter tote bag, a Jim Kay signed print and a  copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Illustrated Edition, worth £30. Participants only need to spot one print to enter.

The other museums taking part in the Harry Potter Spotter competition are:

  • Beamish Museum  
  • Derby Museum
  • 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, Henley-On-Thames
  • V&A Museum of Childhood

The Egypt Centre is open Tuesday - Saturday from 10am until 4pm. 

The #HarryPotterSpotter competition opens on Friday 9 October 2015 and closes at midnight on Sunday 1 November 2015.