A TOUCH of Harry Potter magic is coming to Bolton today to celebrate the opening of the film Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore.

The film, based on the book by JR Rowling, who penned Harry Potter, opens at The Light Cinema today.

And as an extra treat for viewers, they can catch more than a glimpse of Phoenix Fawkes. For a graduate of the University of Bolton's has made a replica of the creature which makes an appearance in the Chamber of Secrets and Order of the Phoenix.

Miriam Selfors graduated from the university's special effects modelmaking for film and television court 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 make-up and creature effects designer on all of the Harry Potter movies.

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She managed to fulfil her dream of working with Dudman after he spotted her work on social media and got in touch - she is now part of his team, working on major TV and film projects.

The loan of the magnificent model is part of a collaboration between the university and The Light Bolton to display film and TV props created by the talented students on the programme. 

Jim Costello, programme Lead, said: “We are delighted to be working closely with The Light and pleased to be able to showcase the fantastic work that our students produce year after year.

“This programme at the University of Bolton is placing students on some of the biggest movie and TV franchises in the world.

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“We plan to display more of the students’ work so that the people of Bolton and the rest of the country can see the incredible quality of which they are capable. We also hope that people viewing the work will be encouraged to contact us if they are considering a career in film and TV effects.”

Vikki Bentham, business manager at The Light Bolton, in the Market Place shopping centre, said: “We are delighted to have Fawkes on display in our foyer to tie in with the release of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore.

“It really is an impressive piece and shows just what excellent work students at the University of Bolton are producing.

“We are excited to be able to exhibit more props created by the brilliant students at Bolton 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 prop throughout the Easter holidays