RainyDayMagazine readers know we are huge Harry Potter fans. We have been at most of the HP events in Boston. So when we got an invitation to the preview of the new Harry Potter exhibit at the Boston Museum of Science, we cleared our calendar and got our brooms ready.
The preview was last evening. We got there early, registered, and waited patiently for the show to begin. In the main entrance of the MOS, props (wizard’s chess piece, flying car) from the various HP movies were on display. Food, drink, and celebrity appearances help set quite the party atmosphere.
There was music, LiveAnimal presentations, and various “Fun Stations” for guest to meet and learn about the animals (owls, toads, snakes, etc…) in the HP world.
The Harry Potter experience was created in partnership with Warner Bros. All in all, there were nine enormous sets. The artifacts and dramatic displays spans over 10,000 square-feet of exhibition space. The exhibit offers fans a first-hand view at more than 200 authentic artifacts displayed in settings inspired by the film sets (the Great Hall, Hagrid’s hut, the Gryffindor common room, etc…)
We took over an hour to wander through the exhibit. The audio commentaries gave a lot of fascinating background to the various objects. We saw things like Harry’s original wand and glasses, costumes from the Yule Ball, the Quidditch equipment, and models of the house elfs. It was amazing to see the level of craftsmanship behind the authentic costumes and props from the films. We also had a chance to pull up our own Mandrake plant. No ear-muffs were needed, nobody fainted, and a great time was had by all 🙂
This exhibit premiered at Chicago’s MOS last April. The Museum of Science is the only New England venue to host the exhibition and the second venue worldwide. This exhibit will run at the MOS through Feb 21, 2010. If you are a HP fan, this is a must-see exhibit. If you are not yet one, you will be after seeing the exhibit 🙂
BTW…go here to read Carolyn’s take on the exhibition.