Harry Potter: The Exhibition – Cologne, Germany

The Exhibition was hosted at the Museum Odysseum in Cologne, Germany, from October 3, 2014, to March 1, 2015. This was the Exhibition’s second European stop and twelfth stop overall.

Press Report - Denise Burkhard

Alohomora! – The Harry Potter Exhibition in Cologne

HP Exhibition Germany: Matthew Lewis

Many fans fervently look forward to the opening of the Harry Potter Exhibition in Cologne, which opens its doors on October 3 and allows its visitors to plunge into the magical world of Harry Potter. But the fans will get their money’s worth: The exhibition displays not only the most important costumes and props of the movies, but is made with a lot of passion and love for details.

Matthew Lewis HP Expo GermanyOn October 1, when the Exhibition was officially opened, Matthew Lewis (who portrayed Neville Longbottom) visited the exhibition and took part in its opening ceremony. Although it was about 4 years ago since the last movie was released, Matthew is still filled with pride when he sees that the Potter mania still lives on.

And the Exhibition is a vital part of this: Fans are not only able to see Harry’s and Ron’s beds of their dormitory, the kitten-plates in Umbridge’s office and the gloomy objects in Snape’s dungeons but many more settings which range from pleasant spaces in the series to more obscure ones. Ordered by the different settings of the movies, each of these is equipped with a range of special props from the Leavesden Studios to evoke the feeling these settings used to create in the movies. Some of their items are more obviously connected to the films, while others like Neville’s dancing shoes are more indirectly present while watching. But which nonetheless caused Matthew to remember: “I can’t dance, I’m a terrible dancer”, despite he managed to dance a tango in the end, which to his sadness never made it into The Goblet of Fire. Apart from this, fans can have a look at Harry’s famous glasses, a replica of the Hungarian Horntail lurking in a Bloody Baron Costumetransport box and the masks of the Death Eaters that were used to disguise themselves, to name but a few of the large number of props.

However, before the actual exhibition starts every witch and wizard (or those who would like to become one) have the chance to take a photo in front of a green screen to be transferred into various settings of the Potterverse. Then, the exhibition begins with a Sorting Ceremony in which a few volunteers are sorted into the four houses of Hogwarts, followed by a “screen show”, in which various moments of the movies are reinvigorated and the Hogwarts atmosphere is completed. Greeted by the steam of the Hogwarts Express and the terrible singing of the Fat Lady, the adventure begins: In the course of the audio-guided tour, the Muggles come across the picture of Gilderoy Lockhart and walk through Hagrid’s Hut and may even have a seat in his gigantic armchair. Children can feature activities, such as throwing a Quaffle through the three Quidditch goals or try to draw out one of the squeaky mandrakes. But the most important setting is yet to come: the Great Hall is filled with several costumes and animals, displays some of Fred and George Weasley’s sweets and shows the decorations that were used for the Yule Ball – all with an amazing love for detail that makes the whole world appear even more real.

At the end, when the actual exhibition is finished the heart of each fan will be filled with the opportunity to buy Harry Potter merchandise in the fan shop, which ranges from cups to t-shirts, pygmy puffs and wands and much more to become the ultimate Harry Potter fan.

Luckily a “Chosen One”

When I had the unique opportunity to walk through the exhibition for the first time, the first moments and impressions enhanced through the music and the atmosphere were so intense that I fFilm Props (HP Expo)elt as if I made a travel in time – back to the moment when I began to grew up along with Harry, Ron and Hermione and the time when I saw The Philosopher’s Stone for the very first time. In particular the elaborate details, which only serve as the “background” in the movies, caught my full attention. Likewise the costly hand-made costumes and all other replica made the visit at the exhibition a unique and special experience. Although only a part of what can be seen at the Leavesden Studios is displayed, the selection of these items is very well chosen. They are completed by the audio-guide in which costume designers and many others explain how they created the marvellous items that are right in front of the viewer. For instance, no one might have expected how many problems the prop designers had to face when they had to create a crystal ball that does not break when Hermione pushes it from the table in The Prisoner of Azkaban.

All in all, the exhibition is not only highly recommendable for fans of Rowlings Harry Potter series, but also for all Muggles out there who would like to be drawn into the mysterious but wonderful world of Harry Potter. The view on the props and costumes is not only amazing but also breath-taking and connected with intense emotions and feelings the films created. I’m pretty sure that the Harry Potter Exhibition will be a huge success – which serves it more than right!

Did you know that the Marauder’s Map holds a misspelling and was nonetheless used throughout the series? Now if you would like to have a closer look at this curious prop the exhibition waits in Cologne until the end of February 2015.

About me: My name is Denise Burkhard and I’m one of the founders of the Harry Potter Society at Bonn University and sharing its presidentship.

Press Release



International Touring Exhibition Will Open on October 3rd, 2014

Tickets On-Sale Now at www.rtl.de/tickets April 4, 2014 – COLOGNE, Germany – German Harry Potter™ fans will celebrate this fall as they step into the famous wizard's magical world when Harry Potter: The Exhibition makes its German premiere. On October 3, 2014, Harry Potter: The Exhibition will open its doors at the science and adventure museum ODYSSEUM in Cologne-Kalk. Tickets are now on sale on www.rtl.de/tickets.

In partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Global Experience Specialists, Inc. (GES) created the 1,400‐ square‐meter traveling exhibition, where visitors are able to enjoy dramatic displays inspired by the Hogwarts™ film sets and see the amazing craftsmanship behind authentic costumes, props and creatures from the films. The exhibition is being presented in Cologne by AWC AG. ODYSSEUM will be the exhibition's second stop on its European tour following a stop in Norrköping, Sweden, at Nya Parken. Since its highly successful premiere at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago in 2009, it has been presented in a variety of major cultural and entertainment institutions and museums in cities around the world including Boston, Toronto, Seattle, New York, Sydney, Singapore and Tokyo.  Karen McTier, Executive Vice President, Domestic Licensing and Worldwide Marketing, Warner Bros. Consumer Products said,

Harry Potter: The Exhibition has mesmerized audiences worldwide and we are truly excited to bring this immersive experience to Germany. Guests will be captivated by the depth of the collection and we are thrilled to present the Harry Potter experience to even more fans around the world.

After successful stops in the United States, Australia, Asia and Canada, we are very proud to welcome Harry Potter: The Exhibition to the ODYSSEUM. We're thrilled that we can be a part of the Harry Potter experience, which will make the eyes of young and old fans shine with this fantastic exhibition!

Andreas Waschk, CEO of AWC AG and general manager Science Center Services GmbH expressed.

We are delighted to partner with ODYSSEUM to bring the magic of Harry Potter to Germany,

says Robin Stapley, Vice President, Design and Creative, GES.

Harry Potter: The Exhibition has enjoyed world class recognition at its landmark venues around the world and continues to thrill fans with its thousands of props and costumes.

Harry Potter: The Exhibition will be shown from October 3, 2014 for a limited time at the adventure museum ODYSSEUM in Cologne-Kalk. The exhibition will be open during the ODYSSEUM's regular opening hours: Mondays to Thursdays from 9 am to 7 pm, Fridays to Sundays, Bank Holidays and School Holidays in North Rhine-Westphalia from 10 am to 8 pm. Timed-entry tickets are required, and the last entry will be 90 minutes before closing of the ODYSSEUM. Tickets to the exhibition are on sale now exclusively at www.rtl.de/tickets. Combination admission for the ODYSSEUM and Harry Potter: The Exhibition is 29, 95 € for adults, 23, 95 € for children (ages 3 to 11) and 99,95 € for families (2 adults and 2 children max.). Audio tours are available, limited to a daily allotment. Advance purchase is strongly recommended.

About the ODYSSEUM

The ODYSSEUM is Germany's first science-adventure-museum. It is situated in one of Europe's most densely populated regions, and it encompasses 7,500 square meters of exhibition space. More than 360,000 visitors of all ages experience more than 150 exhibits every year, most of which have been exclusively designed for the ODYSSEUM making it a renowned extracurricular learning location. Hence the ODYSSEUM has been awarded with the prestigious Micheletti Award 2011 as one of the best seven European museums by a committee of international experts. 2013 the ODYSSEUM celebrated its relaunch with new attractions like "The Game", the "Clever-Labs", and the "Museum with the MOUSE" in cooperation with the Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR).

About AWC AG

Prior to forming Andreas Waschk Consulting in 1989, a specialist project development company for attractions, CEO Andreas Waschk was involved in the music business managing tours for world famous artists such as the Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson and Luciano Pavarotti. Rebranded to AWC AG in 2006, the company is proud to have been involved in a number of diverse and successful projects. These included – amongst others – advising Ripley Entertainment Inc. and Merlin Entertainments on their European development expansion plans, attracting over 1.5 million visitors to the Titanic exhibition in Hamburg, developing one of the most successful German science centers - Odysseum in Cologne – and creating the Berlin visitor attraction The Story of Berlin. With over 20 years of industry knowledge and expertise, a dedicated professional team and a carefully selected and steadily growing network of international venues, AWC AG offers a variety of touring exhibitions products and extensive services all around visitor attractions, including development.

About Global Experience Specialists (GES)

Global Experience Specialists, Inc. (GES), a Viad Corp (NYSE: VVI) company, is a leading marketing agency that produces exhibitions, events, exhibits and retail environments. GES has 61 offices globally including Germany. GES provides a wide range of services, including turnkey 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 Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Spring Fair Birmingham, International Woodworking Fair, CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE, Bell Helicopter, L'Oreal, and Simon Property Group. GES' National Servicenter® has been recognized with certification under the J.D. Power and Associates Certified Call Center Program℠ for the past five years, and for the fourth year in a row Ad Age has named GES as one of the "World's 50 Largest Agency Companies." For more information visit 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.

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