“Harry Potter: The Exhibition” next heading to Sydney, Australia

Good news, Australians!  Harry Potter: The Exhibition‘s next stop will be your town of Sydney.

From a press release this morning:

Harry Potter fans will soon get the chance to step inside the famous wizard’s magical world with Harry Potter: The Exhibition, opening at the Powerhouse Museum on 19 November 2011.

Tickets for this amazing exhibition are on sale from Tuesday 19 July, offering visitors an up-close and personal look at the artistry and craftsmanship that went into creating the iconic props and costumes that have appeared throughout the Harry Potter film series.

Hundreds of authentic film artefacts will be displayed in settings inspired by locations from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, including the Gryffindor common room, Hagrid’s hut, the Great Hall and many more. New original props and costumes from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and the highly anticipated finale, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, will also be on exhibit.

The Powerhouse Museum is the exclusive Australian venue for Harry Potter: The Exhibition, scheduled to run from 19 November 2011 to 18 March 2012. The Museum is the sixth venue to host the exhibition and the first venue outside North America.

Press Release

HARRY POTTER™ CASTS A SPELL ON SYDNEY’S POWERHOUSE MUSEUM

Powerhouse Museum is the First and Only Australian Destination for Harry Potter™: The Exhibition

Tickets on Sale from Tuesday 19 July at www.powerhousemuseum.com

Sydney, 8 July, 2011 – Harry Potter fans will soon get the chance to step inside the famous wizard’s magical world with Harry Potter: The Exhibition, opening at the Powerhouse Museum on 19 November 2011. Tickets for this amazing exhibition are on sale from Tuesday 19 July, offering visitors an up-close and personal look at the artistry and craftsmanship that went into creating the iconic props and costumes that have appeared throughout the Harry Potter film series.

Hundreds of authentic film artefacts will be displayed in settings inspired by locations from Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, including the Gryffindor™ common room, Hagrid’s hut, the Great Hall and many more. New original props and costumes from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and the highly anticipated finale, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, will also be on exhibit.

The Powerhouse Museum is the exclusive Australian venue for Harry Potter: The Exhibition, scheduled to run from 19 November 2011 to 18 March 2012. The Museum is the sixth venue to host the exhibition and the first venue outside North America.

“Harry Potter’s world has captured the imagination of children and adults around the world. We are excited to bring his enchanted world to the Powerhouse for its first and only stop in Australia,” said Dr Dawn Casey, director, Powerhouse Museum. “We invite all Harry Potter fans and anyone with an interest in the stunning creativity and skill which goes into making these stories come alive to come and see this truly magical exhibition.”

Harry Potter: The Exhibition is produced and distributed by GES (Global Experience Specialists) in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products.

“We are delighted that the exhibition will be making its Australian debut at the Powerhouse Museum. We hope that everyone will have a chance to be drawn under the spell of this remarkable exhibition, allowing visitors the chance to relive their favourite moments from the films,” said Eddie Newquist, chief creative officer for GES.

“The exhibition has captivated fans at each and every stop and we are truly thrilled to finally bring the experience to international audiences,” said Karen McTier, executive vice president, Domestic Licensing and Worldwide Marketing, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “Visitors to the Powerhouse Museum will be awed as they immerse themselves in Harry Potter’s world.”

Harry Potter: The Exhibition
Powerhouse Museum, 19 November 2011 – 18 March 2012
Visit powerhousemuseum.com for more information

Tickets on general sale Tuesday 19 July 2011. Visit www.powerhousemuseum.com or Ticketek 132 849

Peak sessions (Fri 5pm – 9pm, Sat, Sun and School holidays) Family $95, Adult $32, Child 4 - 15 yrs $22, Student, pensioner and concession $32, Groups $32, Schools $22 per person

Members peak sessions: Family $71, Adult $24, Child $16.50

Off-peak sessions (Mon – Thurs, Fri to 9.30am – 5pm) Family $79.50, Adult $28, Child 4 - 15 yrs $19, Student card holders, pensioner and concession $25, Groups $23.50, Schools $19 per person.

Members off-peak sessions Family $60, Adult $21, Child $14.25

About Global Experience Specialists (GES)
Las Vegas-based Global Experience Specialists, Inc. (GES), a Viad Corp (NYSE: VVI) company, is a leading provider of exhibition, event and retail marketing services. As a result of its consolidation with Exhibitgroup/Giltspur and Becker Group, GES provides an even wider range of services, including turn-key official show services, cutting-edge creative and design, marketing and measurement services – all with an unrivaled global reach. GES partners with leading shows and brands, including the International CES, Spring Fair Birmingham, International Woodworking Fair, CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE and WasteExpo, Bell Helicopter, Genzyme, L’Oreal, Warner Bros., and Simon Property Group. For more information, visit www.ges.com.

About Warner Bros. Consumer Products
Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

About the Powerhouse Museum
The Powerhouse Museum is a NSW Government Agency supported by strategic partner, Events NSW. The Museum, located next to Darling Harbour in Sydney, has an extraordinary array of treasures from planes, trains and steam engines to fashion, furniture, design and scientific innovations. More than 250 interactives and an ever-changing program of exhibitions and events bring the collection to life. HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © J.K. Rowling. (s11)

Media contacts
Powerhouse Museum: Emma Heath, Communications, M: +61 (0) 413 768 588, E: emmah@phm.gov.au
Mandy Campbell, Marketing & Communications, T: +61 (0) 422 929 927, E: mandyca@phm.gov.au
GES: Jesse Phillips, Marketing & Communications, T: (US) +1 (818) 638 5944 E: jphillips@ges.com
Warner Bros. Consumer Products: Janice Aguilar-Herrero, Worldwide Public Relations,
T: (US) +1 (818) 954 3821 E: janice.aguilar-herrero@wbconsultant.com

More details can be learned here.  See a photo of the Knight Bus arriving in Sydney in honor of the announcement at this link!

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