Field Trip: Harry Potter – The Exhibition!

I went to this exhibit a while ago and had an absolute ball! Then again, I love the Harry Potter books and films… So of course someone like me would enjoy it. ūüėÄ

“Harry Potter: The Exhibition” is a must-see for HP fans of all ages.¬† This traveling exhibit is similar to the “Lord of the Rings” exhibit from a few years ago.¬† There are props, costumes, and models of magical creatures from all six films that have been released so far.¬† Fans will see replicas of some of the most memorable HP locations, from the Great Hall and the boys’ bedroom at Hogwarts, to Hagrid’s hut and the Forbidden Forest.

I don’t want to give everything away, but here are a couple highlights:
  • Kids can¬†volunteer to wear the Sorting Hat and learn which house in Hogwarts it places them.
  • You can pulling up shrieking Mandrakes in a replica of the Herbology classroom.
  • You’ll see all of the robes/costumes worn by the Hogwarts professors, including all of the Defense Against the Dark Arts teachers.¬† The clothes look great on camera, but up close they’re so beautiful.¬† The amount of detail that went into each piece of clothing is just incredible.
  • My favorite part of the exhibit was probably the Great Hall.¬† It feathred lots of Yule Ball “food,” dresses, androbes featured in “Goblet of Fire” (Book/movie #4); the Weasley twins’ joke candy and contraptions; a model of Fawkes, Dumbledore’s phoenix; and those impressive gold doors at the entryway.
  • You can do an “audio tour” for a few extra dollars.¬† Using¬†a cellphone-like device, you can get some extra “behind-the-scenes” tidbits on¬†the characters and some of the more famous props, costumes, and scenes.¬† These tidbits come directly from the people who know best: The costume, makeup, set design, and special effects crew of the Harry Potter films.
  • The gift shop at the end is wonderful!¬†¬†I bought a t-shirt and an exhibit companion book as souvenirs, but they had lots more there: DVDs, flags from each Hogwarts house, wands, chess and checker boards, …
Going to “Harry Potter: The Exhibition” was an absolute joy.¬† I recalled parts of each story as I walked through – proving to my friend that I know a lot about the Harry Potter series!¬† Anyone who’s seen the movies and read the books should definitely go.¬† Even the kids will like it – there were quite a few there when I went, and they were all in awe.
The exhibit will be at the Boston Museum of Science through February 21st, then at the Ontario Science Center in Toronto from April 9 through August 2010.  Visit the Exhibition website for more information, including how to purchase tickets: http://www.harrypotterexhibition.com/.

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