The Harry Potter Plaque

The Harry Potter plaque at Bristol children's hospital

Hello and hi. Finally some good news. Yes. I can scarcely believe it. Am so gloriously happy that I might even bake a cake. Maybe not. Baking cakes are not my thing-but I do rather like to eat cake. That being said, here is some good news that popped up this week in Britain.

Approximately 18 months ago, the plaque pictured above, mysteriously appeared overnight outside a children’s hospital in Bristol. The sign claimed that the giant coloured rings outside the hospital are in fact the 1998 Quidditch World Cup goal posts-and now were soley dedicated to the children of Bristol. Yeah.

Bristol Children's Hospital

In fact, thousands of “muggles” walk by the plaque every week-but the hospital had no idea it was even there.  Was it the work of a wizard? No one really knew…until now. It has been revealed that the plaque was the idea of Bristol University graduate Cormac Seachoy, who sadly died of cancer last year. The 27 year old used crowdfunding to pay for it, before sneaking out at midnight in November 2014 to glue it onto the wall outside the hospital. He tweeted a picture the very next day, but few people even seemed to notice the plaque.

The Lollypop Be-Bop sculpture, pictured above, is actually an interactive art installation with coloured lights that can be turned on and off by children inside the hospital, by remote control, according to the BBC. Cormac’s friend James Carberry, told Newsbeat “He always used to say how the sculpture looked like Quidditch posts” and that he wanted the children at the hospital to think they were a gift from wizards. Cormac is pictured below.

Cormac Seachoy

The plaque claims that the rings were enchanted by Adou Sosseh, captain of Senegal’s Quidditch team, which lost the 1998 World Cup to Malawi. This is something only Potter fans would know and was only ever revealed on JK Rowling’s Pottermore website.

The hospital has now said that it will indeed keep the plaque but kindly asks that other “magical beings” who want to put up plaques ask permission first so “muggles” at the hospital can thank them and maintain them. Fair enough. The hospital also added:  “The appearance of this plaque was a magical and mysterious event that we did not know anything about, but we are sure that our patients and their families will appreciate it”.

James says Cormac, who was passionate about fundraising and helping good causes, would be thrilled.”It would really put a smile on his face to think that people are now talking about the plaque and that the hospital’s decided to keep it.” in addtion to “He didn’t really want much attention from the plaque…he just wanted to do something that would make people smile on their way in and out of the hospital.”

What a great story. Cormac Seachoy, I salute you. That being said, the only thing that disturbs me about this story is-how does a 27 year old die of cancer? So terribly sad. That is all.

Cheers

 

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2 comments

  1. Laura (PA Pict) · June 10, 2016

    That’s a wonderful if bittersweet story. I think the idea of hospitalized children interacting with the sculpture was superb enough but the addition of magic makes it even more wonderful.

    • samdfb1 · June 10, 2016

      I totally agree. More children’s hospitals should do this-if they don’t already.

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