A large detailed replica model of the school in the Harry Potter books, Hogwarts Castle, is one of the highlights of a new exhibition of miniature buildings and rooms at Warkworth District Museum this month.
The display of scaled-down versions of shops, houses and room settings is being staged by North Shore Miniatures, an Albany-based club that recreates just about anything you can think of in miniature form.
The exhibits will include the work of Warkworth-based club member and museum volunteer Joan Triggs, who has made a replica 1940s kitchen inside a wooden drawer. She joined North Shore Miniatures 11 years ago, having always dreamed of making a doll’s house.
“I went along and found it wasn’t just doll’s houses, it was anything,” she says. “And everything is done to scale – 1:12, 1:24 or 1:48. So, for 1:12, if a magazine is 12 inches long, we will remake it 1 inch long.”
Joan says the club’s version of Hogwarts, which took club members a year to create, is a major drawcard whenever it is displayed. It features more than 15 different rooms, including headmaster Albus Dumbledore’s study, the school dining hall and even the Whomping Willow tree outside.
“Hogwarts Castle has been very popular, it’s amazing,” she says. “We will have lots of other things at the museum, too – shops, houses, a courtyard, fairies, a medieval castle.”
The exhibition will be open daily at Warkworth Museum, off Thompson Road, between 10am and 3pm, until Sunday, July 29. Admission costs $7 for adults, $3 per child or $15 for a family.
Info: Warkworth Museum on 425 7093, or under News & Events at warkworthmuseum.co.nz