Purely spellbinding!

Pock Arts centre - John Moulder and Helen Steele
Pock Arts centre - John Moulder and Helen Steele

POTTER-MANIA is expected to cast a spell over the region this week as the latest movie in the hugley-popular franchise is released.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 opens at cinemas across the land this Friday, including at Pocklington Arts Centre, who were able to secure the movie on its official release date.

As the final instalment of the eight-part movie franchise, demand for tickets at the Market Place venue has been high already. Also coinciding with the start of the school summer holidays, there are suggestions it could be the biggest grossing movie ever screened at Pocklington.

Assistant manager James Duffy said: “The Harry Potter films have always been extremely popular at Pocklington Arts Centre, whether they have been released in autumn or summer and the final film in the series is once again proving very popular.

“Advance sales are extremely high and we expect this to continue for the two weeks of screenings - so early booking is advised. The King’s Speech in spring was one of the most popular films we have ever screened and it looks like Harry and co will match, if not surpass, this in the next fortnight.”

Customers can get into the spirit of the film by entering a special quiz available from the box office, looking back at all of the films with prizes including a film season ticket and Harry Potter posters.

Helen Steele, the Arts Centre’s visual arts officer, is also running a magic wand workshop for younger children to take part in, prior to the film screening on Wednesday, 27 July. Further information is available from the box office, while details of the upcoming week’s cinema listing can be found on page 22 of today’s edition.

Meanwhile, the magic of Harry Potter has also spread to the York Maze at Elvington, which opens this Saturday, 16 July.

The face of the bespectacled boy wizard has been painstakingly recreated twice using over 1 million maize plants. Each portrait is 50 metres in diameter and has a number of subtle differences- which could make it the world’s largest spot-the-difference competition.

The Guinness Book of Records has been invited to take a look at the masterpiece.

Farmer Tom Pearcy, who created the maize design, said: “I’m a big fan of Harry Potter and the release of the final film this summer marks the end of an era.

“I wanted to do something imaginative to say farewell to Harry, so creating the biggest image of him ever made and making it a spot-the-difference competition seemed like an interesting way to do that.”