The Lewis Chessmen and the Harry Potter connection

Surrounded by myth, mystery and some controversy, the Lewis Chessmen are beloved. Found on the sands of Uig Bay in 1831 six now reside at Museum nan Eilean in Lews Castle in Stornoway, eleven at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh and the remainder at the British Museum in London.

But you may have seen them on the big screen in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone where replicas of the Lewis Chessmen are seen when Harry and Ron play Wizards Chess. Lesser known is that the Lewis Chessmen made an appearance in Hoshino Yukinobu’s graphic novel Professor Munakata’s British Museum Adventure. And even Lego has had its time with the Lewis Chessmen when the National Museum of Scotland created a 6 foot replica!

Uig is the ancestral home of the Lewis MacAulays.

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