Stirling Times - - Street Watch - Sara Fitz­patrick

HIS­TORIC Christ Church in Clare­mont will soon un­dergo a trans­for­ma­tion to usher in a very dif­fer­ent con­gre­ga­tion.

The venue will host im­mer­sive theatre event Wiz­ards Fan­tas­tic Feast next month, con­vert­ing into a Hog­warts-style Great Hall and wel­com­ing fans of wizardry, magic and fan­tasy.

The di­rec­tor of special ef­fects team Edgyx, Stephen Do­ran, said the Angli­can church lent it­self al­most per­fectly to the ex­pe­ri­ence.

“It’s amaz­ing how much like Hog­warts the church looks – even the lectern that the pri­est uses is a big ea­gle,” he said.

“It re­ally is pretty close to what you would see in the movie.”

The Wem­b­ley Downs res­i­dent said the world-class set in­cluded special ef­fects such as holo­graph­ics, py­rotech­nics and an­i­ma­tron­ics.

“We have cre­ated our own wiz­ard­ing

world, very much in­spired by Harry Pot­ter, with our own sto­ry­line and char­ac­ters (four ac­tors) who are pro­fes­sors,” he said.

“If you’re a fan of the fan­tasy realm come along – you don’t have to know ev­ery­thing about Harry Pot­ter to re­ally love this. The whole idea is to re­ally sus­pend re­al­ity.”

The event in­cludes a three-course ban­quet and classes , such as mak­ing mag­i­cal elixirs.

All shows are adult only, ex­cept the June 30 fam­ily mati­nee (chil­dren aged seven and over).

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