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Harry Potter: the Exhibition premiere announced

UPDATE: Video of this morning's announcement is now available via MyFox Chicago. In it, the Phelps twins take part in the announcement. Thanks, Lauren!

UPDATE 2: Another video of the press conference, this time from NBC.

Warner Brothers has just passed along a press release officially announcing Harry Potter: the Exhibition's international tour. It will be opening in Chicago on April 30th, 2009 at the Museum of Science and Industry:

“We are proud to present this unique exhibition, which captures the magic of Harry Potter and will give fans of all ages a front row seat to some of the most iconic artifacts and scenic elements from the beloved films,” said Brad Globe, President, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “We are pleased to debut this very special exhibit in Chicago at the Museum of Science and Industry.”

“Since 2000, when we began production on the adaptation of the first of Jo Rowling’s remarkable books, we have had the great privilege of working with some of the most talented artists and craftsman in the world,” said David Heyman, the producer of the Harry Potter films. “We are delighted that fans will finally have the opportunity to see, in person, some of their favorite props and costumes. We are looking forward to audiences enjoying the care, creativity and attention to detail involved in their making, just as we do each and every day on set.”

Tickets are now on sale, exclusively at the museum's website. Combination admission into the Museum and Harry Potter: The Exhibition during the day is $26 for adults; $25 for seniors and $19 for children ages 3-11. After the Museum closes, evening hour tickets are $18 for adults and seniors and $15 for children ages 3-11.

WB also released three pictures: concept sketch of Great Hall exhibit, concept sketch of Common Room exhibit, promotional poster for Chicago opening.

Sources say that the Phelps twins will be present for the official announcement at the museum. We'll update you if any pics or video become available!

Read the full press release at the link below!

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