Movie launch is magic with spellbinding Hallowe’en fun

Harry Potter themed event preview at Stobhillgate First School with James Todd (7) and Lucie Todd (5).'REF 2910148127
Harry Potter themed event preview at Stobhillgate First School with James Todd (7) and Lucie Todd (5).'REF 2910148127

Movie makers in Morpeth will present Hallowe’en Hogwarts-style as they premiere their DVD.

Stobhillgate First School will be transformed for a Harry Potter Hallowe’en Fair.

The event, organised by the Friends of Stobhillgate, will offer fun and games based around the famous books, as well as the first screening of Stobhill Voices documentary.

The film tells the story of the area through residents talking of their childhood memories, the community’s strength and hopes for the future. It also features animations by Stobhillgate pupils and archive photographs.

The DVD has been supported by Isos Housing and Stobhill Community Link, with funding by the Northern Coalfield Trust. It was produced by Collingwood School and Media Arts College.

Copies will be sold for £1.50 to raise funds for Stobhill schools and organisations, and each case will have a unique number for a prize draw to win a ‘Harry Potter’ mini-break, with entry to Alnwick Castle and Gardens, which was used as Hogwarts in some of the films, and overnight accommodation at the Hogs Head Inn for a family of four. The winner will be drawn by the Duchess of Northumberland on December 17.

Stobhill county councillor Ian Lindley said: “This is the fruit of our great partnership in Stobhill – Isos, Collingwood and Stobhillgate schools, Community Link, Barnabas, St Aidan’s – we have all worked to bring the community together to produce the DVD and organise this great fun launch event.”

The fair includes wand decorating, Goblet of Fire making, charm class, Quidditch practice and hunt the golden snitch, while Harry Potter style sweets will be on sale, along with other refreshments.

Trewitley Owl Trust will be taking along some of its feathered friends for photographs, and for £1 people can enter a Harry Potter or Hallowe’en fancy dress or carved pumpkin contest.

Organiser Helen Parkinson said: “We usually put on a Hallowe’en event in school, like a disco, but this year with the showing of the DVD it has become a community event. People are always looking for something to do with the kids at half-term and Hallowe’en so hopefully they will come along and support the event.”

The fair takes place on Saturday, from 3.30pm to 5.30pm. Entry is 50p for adults, free for children.

A £50 prize for designing a promotional poster for the event was won by Konnor and Tyler Purvis.