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A tiny piece of magic

KAREN MANGNALL AND JANIE SMITH
Last updated 05:00 22/10/2010
MAGIC
JASON OXENHAM
TEENY TOY: Miniature maker Graham Bourquin with one of his Victorian hobby horses.

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A tiny Hogwarts Castle in all its finery is being conjured up in Auckland this weekend.

But there aren't any wands or cries of "reducio!" – it's all down to the magical talents of the New Zealand Association of Miniature Enthusiasts.

A 1/12th scale model of the castle from the Harry Potter movies is the centrepiece for their national convention and exhibition in Albany.

Publicity officer Carole Perry says some of their 400 members from 19 clubs have re-created favourite rooms from Hogwarts for the "stunning" miniature.

"Each room in the castle is a unique masterpiece which demonstrates the skill of the miniaturist with unbelievable attention to detail and creative flair."

Mt Roskill miniature maker Graham Bourquin will have a table of his creations for sale at the conference.

"Most of the stuff I make for my own satisfaction but I will sell to other collectors," he says.

His interest in miniatures began when he made a wooden model ship and from there he bought a proper wood lathe and taught himself how to make the tiny items.

They include a butter churn with paddles and a handle that turns, spinning wheels, a baby crib and Victorian hobby horses.

Movie moments in miniature is the theme for the association's 16th biennial convention.

Other film favourites on display include a Shrek diorama and a period Odeon Theatre.

The exhibition showcases miniatures from castles to cottages, Victorian homes and shops, Christmas-themed displays, a witch's cottage and a residence of French King Louis XV.

There'll also be workshops for delegates on miniature house building, furniture making, whimsical scenes, miniature food and interior decorating.

Dealers and artisans from New Zealand and overseas will be selling handcrafted collectibles as well.

The exhibition and dealers' tables are open to the public on Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10am to 4pm at Massey University, on the Albany expressway.

Entry is $6 for adults and $2 children under 14 accompanied by a grownup.

See www.nzame.org.nz for more information.

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