The Bandon Banshee

The Bandon Banshee by Augustine Grace

As part of the Harry Potter themed scavenger hunt in June 2018, we were delighted to welcome young visitors to view our original painting of the Bandon Banshee by Augustine Grace featuring his cousin, Drusilla Grace, defeating the Bandon Banshee.

The story of the Bandon Banshee was made famous by the now disgraced, Gilderoy Lockhart, who claimed credit for the defeat and used his memory charm to steal the memory of Drusilla, also known as the witch with a hairy chin or the Hairy Witch.

To celebrate the day as part of the scavenger hunt, the heritage centre had a magical transformation for the day and was able to show the home of the Hairy Witch as well as her wand, her broom and even a rare invisibility cloak!

This was a rare magical occasion and most of these items are shown in non-magical form for the rest of the year!

 

About the festival: irishexaminer.com/ireland/potter-about-town-to-learn-some-local-history-472137.html