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Exhibition

Exhibition

Harry Potter: The Exhibition is an international traveling exhibition that features hundreds of authentic props, costumes, artifacts, and set dressings from the films. It was created for guests of all ages, and the average ticket price is approximately $25. It is 10,000 to 14,000 square feet depending on the host venue. Global Experience Specialists, a leading exhibition and events company, created the exhibition. Warner Bros. Consumer Products spent three years selecting the items to be displayed. After Deathly Hallows – Part 2 finished filming, items from that film were added to the exhibition. It is designed to immerse guests using as many sensory experiences as possible. There is also, of course, a gift shop to buy official Harry Potter merchandise. No photography is allowed in the exhibition and an optional audio tour is available. You can visit the official site here.
 

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General Summary of Exhibition

General Summary of Exhibition

The exhibition starts with the sorting of three members from the tour group, where the Sorting Hat is placed on their head and tells them their house. Then visitors watch a short film about the exhibition and the Harry Potter fandom. Then you move to a room with multiple portraits on the wall that move and talk like at Hogwarts. The following room is similar to the Gryffindor common room with props such as the Golden Egg, glasses, beds, and the boys’ school robes and Muggle clothes. The next room leads to the classrooms of Hogwarts. Two large sections are Slughorn’s Potions classroom with many potions ingredients and books, and Lockhart’s classroom with a collection of his books. Both include the professors’ elaborate costumes. Next is Umbridge’s office, which includes Educational Decrees.

The end of the room leads to the outdoor world of Harry Potter. There is a mini-Quidditch set up for people to play with. There is a replica of Buckbeak and the Hungarian Horntail and a version of Hagrid’s Hut. You can sit in Hagrid’s chair, which is one of the few things you are able to touch. You can also re-pot Mandrakes. This leads to a dark room with a Dementor and the robes of Voldemort and the Death Eaters with their masks. Dobby, Kreacher, and petrified student models are also there. The last room is the Great Hall. All of the dress robes and gowns from the Triwizard Tournament champions are there, along with other artifcats from the Yule Ball. There is also a long table with replica food, and a case of games, jokes, and candy from Zonko’s, Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, and Honeydukes. There are hundreds of other props throughout the exhibition.

So far the exhibition has been hosted in the following locations, in reverse chronological order (first stop is at the bottom). You can also read our staff and fan reports from each location, including our coverage of special events.

Paris, France – April – September 2015

Cologne, Germany – October 2014 – March 2015

Norrköping, Sweden – May – September 2014

Edmonton, Canada – November 2013 – April 2014

Tokyo, Japan – June – October 2013

New York, USA – November 2012 – May 2013

Singapore – June – October 2012

Sydney, Australia – November 2011 – May 2012

New York, USA – April – October 2011

Seattle, Washington – October 2010 – February 2011

Toronto, Canada – April – September 2010

Boston, USA – October 2009 – March 2010

Chicago, USA – April – September 2009

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