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Harry Potter illustrator will visit CBA

One of the biggest names in the Harry Potter world will visit our Academy next week.

One of the biggest names in the Harry Potter world will visit our Academy next week.

Illustrator Jim Kay created the artwork for the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Illustrated Edition book which was released to the huge delight of fans last month.

Mr Kay, of Kettering, visited CBA when he was researching the book and took inspiration from our students for some of the illustrations.

On Tuesday, he will return to CBA to reveal some of the secrets behind the book.

CBA Librarian Amy McKay said: “It will be wonderful for our students to find out about the depth of work that goes into creating something so beautiful.

“Jim will also share with us some of the secrets from the book. For example he did a lot of research for the historical details in his illustration of Diagon Alley. It also features a picture of Jim’s dog snoozing.

“We are so honoured that Jim is making the time to come to see us.”

During his visit Mr Kay will answer questions and sign copies of his books.

The books will not be available to buy from CBA on the day but are available from good bookshops, supermarkets and online.

Amy added: “We know many of our students will receive this book as a Christmas present. If any parents want to have their copy signed they can contact me and we will arrange for Jim to sign it. We promise we will be as secretive as Santa!

“During his visit Jim will also launch our Advent Calendar competition which we had already planned would be about the new Harry Potter book before we knew Jim would be visiting us.

“Every morning during December we will open a window containing a question about the book. Students will have until 1.30pm each day to give us the right answer.

“There will be Advent treats available each day and a bigger prize will be given out at the end of term to the student with the most correct answers.”

 Mr Kay will visit us after school on Tuesday 1st December.

His visit is open to all staff and students but anyone who wants to attend must collect a ticket from the Library in advance.

Parents who want to contact Amy about the book signing can email or ring her at the Academy on 01536 303120.

(Pictured above is the illustration of Harry's cupboard under the stairs)