Harry Potter fanatic magics up prize-winning collage

PRIZE Nina Hamblen
PRIZE Nina Hamblen
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HER passion for a certain boy wizard and artistic skills have won Nina Hamblen a signed copy of a Harry Potter book.

To celebrate 15 years since the release of JK Rowling’s first magical tale – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – fans were asked to summarise why they like the books in only 50 words.

Nina, 21, of Priory Close, Bishop’s Waltham, entered the competition at the library in her town.

She said: ‘I’m such a huge fan of Harry Potter, and the books really made me fall in love with reading.

‘When I read the first book, it got me through a tough time as I wasn’t enjoying school.

‘Reading the book meant I could escape and it really helped me.

‘I saw this competition online and knew I wanted to enter.’

Rather than simply writing in 50 words why she likes the book so much, Nina, who works with guinea pigs and is a part-time carer, decided to make a collage.

It featured characters such as house elf Dobby, owl Hedwig, magical wizarding school Hogwarts and even a Gringotts vault key – to enter the bank.

‘My grandma does a lot of card-making and so I had lots of different things to play with to make the collage,’ added Nina.

‘I used things I could find around the house, bought things and did pencil sketches.

‘Then I had bits that you pull out or open, to read my message.’

Nina’s collage was selected as a handful of runners-up from across the country, and won her a limited edition copy of the first Harry Potter book, personally dedicated to her by the author.

Nina said: ‘I was really pleased to have won a signed copy of the book.

‘It’s definitely something I will keep forever.’