Harry Potter: The Exhibition – Boston, MA, USA

Harry Potter: The Exhibition was hosted at the Boston Museum of Science in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, from October 25, 2009, to February 28, 2010. This was the Exhibition’s second stop.

Press Report - Kat Miller

The Boston Exhibition had a special event featuring Matthew Lewis, who portrays Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films. This was before Deathly Hallows - Part 2 was filmed.

Staff member Kat Miller was able to attend a roundtable discussion with him, and these are some of the things he said:

The scale of [Part 2] it is enormous. [Neville is] a bloody and battered resistance leader, a battle hardened veteran.

At the time, Lewis was going back to work for Deathly Hallows the next week and would be filming the final battle scenes soon. Lewis also said that after seeing his own dancing shoes in the Exhibition, he recalled a scene that had been cut from filming in Goblet of Fire.

I can't dance. They told me Neville is a good dancer. My partner was Bonnie, Ginny Weasley, and we learned the waltz. Which wasn't too difficult. I was okay with the waltz. You follow it back, to the side, back, to the side. That's easy. I can do that. Then we had to learn a tango. Now you see the other guys, like Dan and Rupert, they were fine because they were told they were supposed to be rubbish. It was supposed to be uncomfortable. Neville, however, was supposed to look like Fred Astaire. And so we did this tango, and we spent months on this tango and I have got two left feet. It was totally embarassing and Bonnie was probably cringing herself, but she was pretty good. And then we never even shot it. We never even did it. We never even got around to filming it. So that reminded me, with the dancing shoes.

You can check out Lewis's video tour of the Boston Exhibition below:

 

Press Release

HARRY POTTER™ TO CAST SPELL ON MUSEUM OF SCIENCE, BOSTON

MUSEUM WILL HOST EAST COAST PREMIERE OF
HARRY POTTER: THE EXHIBITION

International Touring Exhibition to Open in Boston October 25, 2009

Tickets Now On Sale at mos.org

BOSTON, Massachusetts—July 22, 2009—This fall, Harry Potter fans will get the chance to step inside the famous wizard’s magical world through Harry Potter: The Exhibition, which opens at the Museum of Science, Boston on October 25, 2009, at 9 a.m. Tickets are now available online at mos.org or by calling 617-723-2500, 617-589-0417 (TTY). Visitors will be able to experience dramatic displays inspired by the Hogwarts™ film sets and see the amazing craftsmanship behind authentic costumes and props from the films. Harry Potter: The Exhibition will run in Boston through February 21, 2010.

The Museum of Science is the only New England venue to host the exhibition and the second venue worldwide. Harry Potter: The Exhibition made its highly successful global premiere at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry last April and will run there through September 27, 2009, before traveling to New England. After its Boston run, the exhibition will be displayed in other major cultural and entertainment venues, museums and institutions in the U.S. and internationally.

In partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Exhibitgroup/Giltspur created the 10,000-square-foot exhibition, which will be updated to include artifacts and costumes from the final installments of the Harry Potter film series, once the production of these films has been completed. The sixth film in the series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, opened in theaters July 15, 2009.

“Offering an exclusive look at some of the most iconic artifacts and scenic elements from the beloved films, the Museum of Science in Boston will certainly become the hub of excitement for Harry Potter fans when it arrives this October,” said Karen McTier, Executive Vice President, Domestic Licensing and Worldwide Marketing, Warner Bros. Consumer Products.

Harry Potter: The Exhibition, offers fans a first-hand view at more than 200 authentic artifacts displayed in settings inspired by the film sets—including the Great Hall, Hagrid's hut, the Gryffindor™ common room—and more.

"We are thrilled with the reception the exhibition has received in Chicago and we are honored to be able to bring it to one of the greatest museums on the East Coast," said Eddie Newquist, President, Exhibitgroup/Giltspur Branded Entertainment. "Fans young and old from around the world have given us tremendous positive feedback, and we are hopeful that all the Harry Potter fans in the Boston area will have a chance to visit this one-of-a-kind exhibition."

"Harry Potter has captivated the imagination of children and adults around the globe. Through the art and technological wizardry of movie-making, the Harry Potter films have brought to life an enchanting and complex world," said Ioannis Miaoulis, President and Director of the Museum of Science. He added, "As a world-class cultural institution, the Museum is excited to offer our visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in a world that has so richly bridged cultures and generations. We're confident that this exhibition will attract visitors of all ages—some of whom may never have visited a science center. This exhibit will spark their curiosity and imagination, leading them to experience the excitement of discovery that's also at the heart of the Museum's science and technology exhibits and programs."

Harry Potter: The Exhibition will open at 9 a.m. on Sunday, October 25, 2009, and run through Sunday, February 21, 2010. The exhibition requires a time-entry ticket and will be open for guests during the Museum's regular Exhibit Hall hours: Saturday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Tickets for the exhibition can now be purchased on[-]site at the Museum, through the Museum’s web site [sic], mos.org, or by calling 617-723-2500 [or] 617-589-0417 (TTY). Combination admission into the Museum and Harry Potter: The Exhibition is $26 for adults, $24 for seniors (60 and over), $23 for children (ages 3-11) and $5 for Museum of Science members.

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