A TOUCH of Harry Potter magic is coming to Bolton today to celebrate the opening of Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets.
The film, based on the book by JR Rowling, who wrote Harry Potter, opens today at the Light Cinema.
And as an added treat for viewers, they can catch more than a glimpse of Phoenix Fawkes. Because a graduate of the University of Bolton has made a replica of the creature that makes an appearance in the Chamber of Secrets and the Order of the Phoenix.
Miriam Selfors graduated from college in special effects modeling for film and television last year.
Originally from Norway, Ms Selfors graduated in 2021.
She chose the course with the dream of working with award-winning special effects maestro Nick Dudman, the makeup and creature effects designer on all of the Harry Potter films.
She was able to fulfill her dream of working with Dudman after spotting his work on social media and making contact – she’s now part of his team working on major TV and film projects.
The loan of the stunning model is part of a collaboration between the university and The Light Bolton to display film and television props created by the programme’s talented students.
Jim Costello, Program Manager, said, “We are delighted to work closely with The Light and thrilled to be able to showcase the fantastic work our students produce year after year.
“This University of Bolton program places students in some of the biggest film and television franchises in the world.
“We plan to exhibit more student work so that people in Bolton and across the country can see the incredible quality they are capable of. We also hope that viewers of the work will be encouraged to contact us if they are considering a career in film and television effects.
Vikki Bentham, Commercial Director of The Light Bolton, in Market Place Shopping Centre, said: “We are delighted to have Fawkes on display in our foyer to accompany the release of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore.
“It is truly an impressive piece and shows just how much excellent work students at the University of Bolton are producing.
“We are delighted to be able to display more accessories created by Bolton’s brilliant students throughout the year and hope our customers enjoy seeing them as much as we do.”
Visitors to The Light Bolton will be able to marvel at the detailed accessory throughout the Easter holidays.