Harry Potter: The Exhibition made its world premiere on April 30, 2009, at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, the only Midwest location on the exhibit’s U.S. tour. The exhibition, which will offer fans a firsthand look inside the boy wizard’s magical world and the opportunity to experience the amazing craftsmanship of more than 200 authentic costumes and props from the Harry Potter films, will be on view in Chicago until September 27, 2009.
"Harry Potter: The Exhibition truly embodies the Museum’s mission of inspiring the inventive genius in everyone, " said David Mosena, president and CEO of the Museum. "The Harry Potter stories have sparked the imagination of kids and adults alike with their incredible creativity."
In a 10, 000-square-foot exhibit space, Harry Potter: The Exhibition will feature artifacts in settings inspired by the film sets – including the Great Hall, Hagrid’s(TM) hut and the Gryffindor(TM) common room. Guests will be able to enjoy some of their favorite props and costumes from the Harry Potter films as they tour through the exhibit space, including iconic items such as Harry’s original wand and eyeglasses, the Golden Snitch(TM) and Gryffindor school uniforms.
"For almost three years, we have been working with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to create an exhibition that we hope will be enchanting, engaging and, above all, true to the spirit of the films, " said Eddie Newquist, president of branded entertainment, Exhibitgroup/Giltspur. "Harry Potter is a one-of-a-kind cultural phenomenon, and we are excited that this exhibition allows guests the opportunity to experience the work of some of the most talented artists and craftsmen in the world."
"We are very pleased to be opening Harry Potter: The Exhibition with our partners Exhibitgroup/Giltspur and the Museum of Science and Industry in the great city of Chicago, " said Brad Globe, president, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. "The incredible stories written by J.K. Rowling, and the films from Warner Bros. Pictures, have helped us create a truly one-of-a-kind experience for fans of all ages."
About the Exhibition
In true, magical Harry Potter fashion, guests will watch an exciting eight-screen montage of the Harry Potter film series upon entering the exhibition area. After the film footage, the wall in front of the guests will rise to the sound of a train whistle, followed by the roar of the Hogwarts(TM) Express, to reveal the epic sight of a replica of the storied train itself puffing steam onto the arrival platform. Marking the formal beginning of the exhibition, guests will then be escorted along the platform into the portrait gallery.
As guests continue through the exhibition, they will be taken on a journey into the world of Harry Potter through several themed vignettes based on the Gryffindor common room, Hogwarts classrooms, Quidditch(TM), Hagrid’s hut, the Forbidden Forest, an area of Dark Forces and the Great Hall.
Some of the key artifacts on display in these vignettes include Professor Snape’s(TM) original costume; Sybill Trelawney’s crystal ball and exotic wardrobe; costumes and props from Professors Lupin(TM), Lockhart(TM) and Umbridge(TM); props and artifacts from the Yule Ball, including costumes from notable characters such as Harry, Ron, Hermione and Professor Dumbledore(TM); and life-size centaurs, a caged dragon, Buckbeak and giant Acromantula.
In addition, guests will have the opportunity to pull a Mandrake from its pot in the Herbology vignette, toss a Quaffle in the Quidditch area, and tour Hagrid’s hut.
Harry Potter: The Exhibition was created by Exhibitgroup/Giltspur in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products. After its run at the Museum of Science and Industry, the exhibition will be displayed in other venues worldwide.
This exhibit offers extended hours during its Chicago run – from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. After the Museum’s regular hours, only the Harry Potter exhibit will be open. Tickets can be purchased on site at the Museum, online at msichicago.org or by calling the Museum at 773-684-1414 or 1-800-GO-TO-MSI.