Muggles will get the chance to bid for a magical sculpture of a castle from a popular children’s novel this weekend.
A piece of art showing Hogwarts and the Forbidden Forest from the Harry Potter series will go under the hammer at a charity event in aid of poorly children.
Harry Potter, one of the most successful book series and films of the last 20 years, follows the adventures of a boy wizard through school at Hogwarts.
Included in the piece of work is Hogwarts Castle, Forbidden Forest and popular character Hagrid’s hut.
The creation will be sold at auction along with other works created for the ARCHIE Foundation’s Storybook Ball at the Chester Hotel on Saturday.
It is the first time the children’s charity has hosted a ball and has a storybook theme.
Artist Catherine Redgate, 31, has hosted a series of workshops at the charity’s cafe in the Bon Accord Centre and made the wizarding school from paper mache.
Catherine, who graduated from Gray’s School of Art in the city in 2011, said she was delighted to get involved and hopes the sculpture puts a spell on potential bidders.
She said: “The sculpture has been created using good old kitchen and loo rolls tubes plus a pringle tube with paper mache and lots of plates.
“I was lucky enough to be approached by the ARCHIE Foundation having designed two pieces for last year’s ball.
“I was commissioned for a fine art piece so have produced a cube of framed illustrations featuring Sleeping Beauty as well as my Hogwarts community piece too. It is wonderful to support such a fantastically creative event raising money for the charity so I’m delighted to be involved for the 2018 ball.
“I’m going to be there on the night and it will be slightly nerve-wracking.
“I’m hoping people like it.
The workshop at Tempo in the Bon Accord Centre allowed members of the public to make creatures that would be in the Forbidden Forest.
Catherine has estimated she has spent nearly 20 hours creating the sculpture.
She added: “I still have some bits to do to it but the castle was my favourite to create.
“I have spent probably every evening this week working on it as well as the six hours from the community workshop on Saturday. I’m a big Harry Potter fan so being able to create this and work on the finer details to bring it to life has been great.
“It really does look magical.
The ARCHIE Foundation is the official charity of the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital and raises money to fund extras above NHS provision.
Cassie Thompson, director of partnerships at the charity, said the workshop was well supported at Tempo.
She said: “We’re really looking forward to the Storybook Ball and the art workshops are really helping to build up the excitement for next weekend.
“It’s great to see the community engagement in these workshops, which have been generously sponsored by Nexen.
“The events help us raise the profile of the ARCHIE Foundation as well as getting people involved in creating art.
“This fits well with what we do, as art and play both benefit children at RACH and this is what the Storybook Ball is all about – making the difference to the lives of local sick children.”
The Storybook Ball takes place on Saturday night at the Chester Hotel on Queen’s Road.