Bolton’s firm commissioned by the Harry Potter store in New York
A FAMILY company in Astley Bridge created magical stained glass for the new Harry Potter flagship store in New York City.
The Stained Leaded Glass Company, founded by Andrew Seddon who runs it with his wife Corina, was commissioned to create the window panels for the store which opened last week.
Featuring the word ‘butter beer’ – a popular wizarding drink featured in books and movies, the glass panes were inspired by traditional stained glass designs.
The panels were manufactured in Bolton and shipped to the United States in April.
They are now seated above the entrance to the Butterbeer Bar in the store, which sells Harry Potter merchandise.
Andrew’s daughter-in-law Tamsin Seddon said: “We were actually approached by a Yorkshire-based company that was sourcing stained glass for the New York store.
“There are three signs in total that say Butter Beer. We were given a base design that we used as a base and go from there.
“It’s inspired by traditional English pub stained glass.
“The main challenge in making the windows was the lockdown. The store was supposed to open last year, but it was delayed.”
The family business was founded in 1991 by Andrew, but this was the first time they had been tasked with creating something like this.
Tamsin added, “I think the team really enjoyed working on it because it was less traditional than the designs we usually work on.
“Not including the design process, it took about a month for the actual windows to be made and they were then shipped in April.
“We weren’t invited to see them but I’m sure we’ll go one day – we’re Harry Potter fans so it would be great to see them.”
The store has the largest collection of Harry Potter merchandise in the world over 21,000 square feet of floor space.
It also features real props from the movies and models of creatures well known to fans, including Fawkes the Phoenix.