Harry Potter: The Exhibition – Lisbon, Portugal

The Exhibition‘s 21st worldwide stop landed in Lisbon, Portugal. It remained open at the Pavilion of Portugal from November 16, 2019, to March 15, 2020, earlier than its scheduled closing date of April 8 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about this tour stop, including ticket info, here.

Press Report - Lorena Wildering (English)

After 20 worldwide stops, Harry Potter: The Exhibition opened in Lisbon, Portugal, and MuggleNet was present to cover its opening.

The Exhibition is held inside two huge tents below the Pavilion of Portugal's distinct concrete canopy, the same spot where Instituto de Magia Português often holds its quidditch games. Going inside feels like you've Apparated into Hogwarts or walked inside Mr. Weasley's camping tent.

 

Harry Potter Exhibition Lisbon Pavilion of Portugal

The Exhibition is in two huge tents in the Pavilion of Portugal.

 

The two soundstages and backlot at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter have always made it feel very spacious. The feeling at this venue is different. There’s no imposing Hogwarts Castle model at the end, but there are props and costumes at less than an arm’s reach and an immersive and intimate environment.

So immersive, in fact, that while waiting for the press conference to begin, I heard what sounded like thunder or small explosions. I genuinely thought it was part of the Exhibition, perhaps a sound effect of a stormy sky in the Great Hall. Only after did I realize that a storm had begun outside, and the wind kept rattling the tents. It added a whole new level of magic to the experience!

 

Harry Potter The Exhibition Lisbon Press Conference with James and Oliver Phelps and MinaLima

Eduardo Lima, Miraphora Mina, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, Frank Torres from GES Events, and Álvaro Covões from Everything Is New talk about "Harry Potter: The Exhibition" during a press conference.

 

At the opening, Oliver Phelps shared that he and James “have been fortunate to be, for the best part of a decade, seeing this Exhibition grow and travel.” James added that he was “really excited to witness the [Portuguese] fans seeing all their favorite props and costumes.”

Unfortunately, we never had a premiere for the films here in Lisbon, but we knew the Portuguese fan base was one of the most passionate in the world.

Eduardo Lima mentioned he was “very happy to attend this marvelous Exhibition in Lisbon.” After last week’s confirmation that Fantastic Beasts is heading to Rio de Janeiro, I took the chance to ask MinaLima about the graphic imagery being built around the Brazilian wizarding world.

We can’t tell you anything. [everyone laughs] We just started [working] on the film, so we don’t know much about what’s going on. The only thing I can say is that I’m so happy that Brazil and the Portuguese language are going to be represented. I can’t wait to start putting my hands on the graphics, but we can’t say more.

The Exhibition starts off with a small Sorting Ceremony. After a short reminiscence of a few Harry Potter movie scenes, the Hogwarts Express was revealed, along with some snowfall, ready to take us to Hogwarts.

We were greeted by the Fat Lady and ended up between the Gryffindor common room and the boys’ dormitory. Some fan-favorite props are here, such as Hermione’s beaded handbag and Neville’s Mimbulus mimbletonia.

 

 

Moving along, we reached the Potions, Divination, and Defense Against the Dark Arts classrooms. You can even brush up on your Herbology skills by pulling a baby mandrake from its pot! I was excited to see a prop I'd never seen before: the jack-in-the-box Parvati Patil conjures in Defense Against the Dark Arts class.

 

Harry Potter The Exhibition Lisbon Jack-in-the-box Prop

I was excited to see this prop for the first time ever.

 

Another great section of this Exhibition is the small Quidditch pitch, where you can throw a Quaffle through one of the hoops! You can also visit Hagrid’s hut and sit on his giant-sized armchair.

 

Harry Potter The Exhibition Lisbon Qudditch Hoops

You can throw a Quaffle through one of the hoops during your visit.

 

As we made our way forward, we entered a grimmer setting. Amid a foggy Forbidden Forest, we saw Buckbeak and the Hungarian Horntail. In the Dark Arts room, we encounter Voldemort’s and various Death Eaters’ costumes. We got a glimpse of a cloaked Dementor, a Petrified Colin Creevey, and the five inanimate Horcruxes.

The very last room needs no introduction. The Great Hall is decorated for Christmas and ready to host the Yule Ball. Professors Dumbledore and McGonagall are dressed for the occasion, and two of our favorite creatures, Fawkes and Dobby, are also here.

 

 

After walking past the Deathly Hallows and the sword of Gryffindor and waving goodbye to the trio and Neville, it's time to hit the gift shop. As I left Hogwarts behind, it felt so strange to “be back” in Lisbon.

The Exhibition is open every day until April 8, 2020. Opening times are from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday–Thursday and from 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday–Sunday. Tickets are timed, start at €12.00, and are on sale at harrypotterexhibition.pt. An audio tour is also available for €6.00.

Press Report - Lorena Wildering (Portuguese)
Depois de 20 paragens mundiais, Harry Potter: A Exposição foi inaugurada em Lisboa, Portugal, e o MuggleNet esteve presente na conferência de imprensa de abertura.

A Exposição é localizada dentro de duas enormes tendas por baixo da inconfundível pala de betão do Pavilhão de Portugal, no Parque das Nações, o mesmo local onde o Instituto de Magia Português costuma realizar os seus jogos de quidditch. Ao entrar, parece que Aparecemos em Hogwarts ou que entramos pela tenda do Sr. Weasley adentro.

Os dois grandes estúdios e a zona exterior fazem de Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter, um espaço muito amplo. Esta Exposição, no Pavilhão de Portugal, provoca um sentimento muito diferente. Não há um modelo imponente do Castelo de Hogwarts no final, mas há adereços e figurinos a um palmo de distância e o ambiente é imersivo e íntimo.

Tão imersivo, aliás, que, enquanto esperava que a conferência de imprensa começasse, ouvi o que parecia ser trovoada ou pequenas explosões. Ingénua e genuinamente, pensei que fosse parte da Exposição, talvez um efeito sonoro de um céu trovejante no Salão Nobre. Só depois é que me apercebi de que tinha começado uma tempestade lá fora e que o vento estava a fazer com que as tendas abanassem por todo o lado. Sem dúvida que adicionou um toque de magia à experiência!

Durante a abertura, o ator Oliver Phelps partilhou que, tanto ele como o irmão James, têm tido “durante grande parte de uma década, a sorte de ver esta Exposição crescer e viajar”. James acrescentou que estava “realmente empolgado por poder testemunhar os fãs [portugueses] a ver todos os seus adereços e personagens favoritos”.

Infelizmente, nunca tivemos uma estreia dos filmes aqui em Lisboa, mas sabíamos que os fãs portugueses eram dos mais apaixonados do mundo.

Eduardo Lima mencionou que estava "muito feliz por participar nesta maravilhosa Exposição em Lisboa". Após a confirmação da semana passada de que a saga Monstros Fantásticos vai passar pelo Rio de Janeiro, aproveitei a oportunidade para perguntar à dupla MinaLima sobre o imaginário gráfico que está a ser construído à volta do mundo mágico brasileiro.

Não podemos dizer nada. [risos] Acabámos de começar a trabalhar no filme, então não sabemos muito sobre o que está a acontecer. A única coisa que posso dizer é que estou muito feliz que o Brasil e a língua portuguesa sejam representados. Mal posso esperar para começar a colocar as mãos no [material] gráfico, mas não podemos dizer mais.

A Exposição começa com uma pequena Cerimónia de Seleção. Após uma pequena amostra de algumas cenas dos filmes de Harry Potter, o Expresso de Hogwarts foi revelado entre uma ligeira queda de neve, pronto para nos levar até Hogwarts.

A gente tem recebidos pela Dama Gorda e ficamos entre a sala comum e o dormitório dos rapazes de Gryffindor. Alguns dos adereços mais adorados pelos fãs estão aqui, como a malinha de missangas de Hermione e a Mimbulus mimbletonia de Neville.

Ao avançar, chegamos às salas de aula de Poções, Adivinhação e Defesa Contra as Artes das Trevas. Aqui até se pode aprimorar as habilidades em Herbologia, puxando uma mandrágora bebé do seu vaso! Fiquei muito entusiasmada por ver um adereço que, até então, nunca tinha visto: a caixa-surpresa que Parvati Patil faz aparecer na aula de Defesa Contra as Artes das Trevas.

Outra grande secção desta Exposição é o pequeno campo de Quidditch, onde podemos tentar acertar uma Quaffle num dos três aros! Nesta zona, também podemos visitar a cabana de Hagrid e sentar-nos na sua poltrona gigante.

À medida que avançamos, entramos num ambiente mais sombrio. Por entre uma Floresta Proibida nebulosa, vimos Buckbeak e o Cauda-de-Chifre da Hungria. Na sala das Artes das Trevas, encontramos os trajes de Voldemort e de vários Devoradores da Morte. Temos um vislumbre de um Dementor encapuzado, de um Colin Creevey Petrificado e dos cinco Horcruxes inanimados.

A última sala não precisa de qualquer apresentação. O Salão Nobre está decorado para o Natal e para o famoso Baile de Inverno. Os professores Dumbledore e McGonagall estão vestidos a rigor e duas das nossas criaturas favoritas, Fawkes e Dobby, também estão aqui.

Depois de passar pelos Talismãs da Morte e pela espada de Gryffindor, e depois de dizer adeus ao trio e a Neville, é hora de comprar uma lembrança na loja da Exposição. Quando deixei Hogwarts para trás, pareceu tão estranho "estar de volta" a Lisboa.

A Exposição está aberta todos os dias até 8 de abril de 2020. O horário de abertura é das 10:00 às 19:00 de segunda-feira a quinta-feira e das 10:00 às 20:30 de sexta-feira a domingo. Os bilhetes têm hora marcada, custam a partir de €12.00 e estão à venda em harrypotterexhibition.pt. Existe, também, um audioguia por mais €6.00.

Press Release

HARRY POTTER™: THE EXHIBITION TO DEBUT IN PORTUGAL THE EXHIBITION THAT CELEBRATES THE HARRY POTTER FILM SERIES ARRIVES IN LISBON ON NOVEMBER 16TH [sic] AT THE PAVILION OF PORTUGAL

(25 September – Lisbon, Portugal) This fall, Harry Potter fans and families will have the chance to experience Harry Potter: The Exhibition, which opens on the 16th of November and runs through [the] 8th of April 2020. The Pavilion of Portugal is the first venue in Portugal to host the Wizarding World[-]themed exhibition. Tickets will go on sale this Saturday, September 28th [sic].

Experience the amazing craftsmanship of thousands of authentic costumes and props from the Harry Potter films, in this 1,500-square-meter exhibition, produced by GES Events in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products. The authentic artifacts will be artfully displayed in settings inspired by the Hogwarts™ film sets, including the Great Hall, Hagrid’s hut and the Gryffindor™ common room, among others.

As guests tour through the exhibition space, they will have the opportunity to view some of the most iconic props and costumes from the Harry Potter films. Enter the Quidditch™ area and toss a “Quaffle,” pull [out] a baby [m]andrake, tour a re[-]creation of Hagrid’s hut, and encounter creatures such as Buckbeak and the giant Acromantula spider. Along the way, fans will also encounter Harry Potter’s original wand and eyeglasses, costumes from the Yule Ball and much more.

Harry Potter: The Exhibition made its world premiere in Chicago in April 2009 before traveling on to Boston, Toronto, Seattle, New York, Sydney, Singapore, Tokyo, Edmonton, Sweden, Cologne, Paris, Shanghai, Brussels, the Netherlands, Madrid, Milan, Berlin and Valencia. Finally, on November 16th [sic] it opens in Lisbon for the first time at the Pavilion of Portugal.

TICKETS ON SALE SEPTEMBER 28 AT

WWW.HARRYPOTTEREXHIBITION.PT

Pavilion of Portugal | November 16, 2019 – April 8, 2020

Exhibition Main Page