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Title: Harry Potter The
Exhibition Where: Powerhouse Museum Sydney When: 19 November 2011 - 9 April 2012 Reviewer: Andrew Bistak Review Date: March 2012
Harry Potter The Exhibition
With the huge success of Harry Potter:
The Exhibition, Sydney's Powerhouse Museum has extended its run till
the 9th of April 2012. This means that fans of the books and more
importantly, the movies, can still experience the authentic costumes and
props from the Harry Potter films before it leaves for Singapore.
From the very first moments that you step
into the exhibition, it's like you are indoctrinated into Hogwarts
School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in this interactive display. This
exhibition was also made possible thanks to Warner Bros. Consumer
Products, Global Experience Specialists and the Powerhouse Museum which
created the 1,400 square-metre exhibition.
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As you walk into the Powerhouse Museum, you
are first treated to the flying Ford Anglia from the Harry Potter
films that is carefully attached to the ceiling of the museum which
gives the illusion of flight. However before you experience the props
from the films, the first room of the exhibition features an actor
dressed in Hogwarts regalia who gives a few lucky people the chance to
wear the Sorting Hat of Hogwarts.
This hat determines which house of Hogwarts
you will be allotted that include Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff or
Ravenclaw. Following this, you walk into another room that contains
eight large screens, showcasing certain parts of the films before you
are formally invited into the exhibition. From here you walk past the
magical train that takes students and teachers to Hogwarts as the famed
music by John Williams plays in the background.
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In order to add to your experience, it is
recommended to hire an audio guide which goes into more detail about the
artefacts and best of all, it features someone involved in the creation
of these fantastic items. As mentioned, the exhibition is quite
interactive and visitors can toss a Quaffle in a Quidditch inspired area
or my favourite, the Mandrakes which allows you and just like the movies
to pull them from their pots as they make this high pitched squeal.
In terms of props, there are some
outstanding artefacts from the movies such as Buckbeak the Hippogriff, a
life-size statue from the film that was actually made from individually
painted feathers. Visitors can even visit Haggrid's cottage, see the
Centaurs from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone or
experience the vicious looking head of the Hungarian Horntail Dragon.
The attention to detail on this these props
is outstanding and even the items in the backgrounds that were seen in
the movies are quite detailed from the books to the posters. There is
definitely an eye for detail here. The exhibition also goes into some
detail into the various designs of the costumes such as how the Death
Eaters evolved through the films.
Fans of the series will be pleased to see
the Horcruxes of Voldermort or the legendary sword of Gryffindor which
is housed in the replica of the Great Hall of Hogwarts. Another
interesting aspect of the exhibition is seeing the clothes from the
various movies worn by the three heroes, Harry (Daniel Radclife),
Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint). It does put these actors
and their characters into perspective as they age through the films.
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Top 20 Must-See Artefacts
Time-Turner™ used by Hermione Granger™
and Harry Potter to travel back in time and save Sirius Black™ and
Buckbeak™ in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™.
Harry Potter’s School Uniform worn by
Harry Potter as seen in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™.
Harry Potter is known as ‘the boy who lived’ after Voldemort™
attempted to kill him as a baby.
Harry Potter’s Glasses worn by Harry
Potter, which were fixed more than once by Hermione Granger, as seen
in the Harry Potter films.
Harry Potter’s Wand made of holly with
a phoenix-feather core from Fawkes’ tail. Harry’s wand is linked to
Lord Voldemort’s wand by virtue of the fact that Fawkes provided the
tail feather core for both wands.
Marauder’s Map given to Harry by Fred
and George Weasley™ in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Harry Potter’s Nimbus 2000™ broomstick
as seen in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone™.
The Golden Snitch™ used in the
Quidditch™ matches at Hogwarts™ throughout the Harry Potter films.
Buckbeak™ the Hippogriff, as seen in
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
The Philosopher’s Stone™ that Harry
saved from Voldemort in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone™.
Giant Pawn chess piece used in the
giant game of wizard chess played by Harry, Ron and Hermione in
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Hermione Granger’s Gown worn by
Hermione Granger to the Yule Ball in Harry Potter and Goblet of
Lord Voldemort’s Robes worn by Lord
Voldemort ™ during his confrontation with Harry in the graveyard in
Harry Potter and Goblet of Fire.
Lord Voldemort’s Wand made of yew with
phoenix tail feather core. It is linked to Harry’s wand by virtue of
the fact that the same phoenix (Fawkes) provided the feather for the
core of both wands.
Death Eater Robes and Masks as seen in
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Dementor™ as seen in Harry Potter and
the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Goblet of Fire™ Casket used to carry
the Goblet of Fire as seen in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
The Triwizard Cup as seen in Harry
Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Headmaster Dumbledore’s Robes worn by
Hogwarts Headmaster Albus Dumbledore™ at the end-of-the-year feast
in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™.
Dobby™ the house-elf, a study model
used in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
Fawkes™, Albus Dumbledore’s phoenix,
Fawkes as seen throughout the Harry Potter films.
Headmaster Dumbledore’s Wand as seen
throughout the Harry Potter films.
With Harry Potter: The Exhibition ending on the 9th of April 2012, I
strongly suggest that those Harry Potter fans who have not seen this
exhibition yet, make the magical track to Hogwarts at the Powerhouse
Museum in Sydney.
It's definitely one of the best movie
exhibitions in the world and once you have finished the colourful tour
of these artefacts, the gift shop allows you to purchase some great
memorabilia from authentic clothing with the logos of the various houses
of Hogwarts to detailed wands from Dumbledore to Snape and Harry Potter.
It's truly a magical experience!
On view: Harry Potter: The
Dates: 19 November 2011 – 9 April 2012
Address: Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street Ultimo, Sydney
Telephone: (02) 9217 0111 or infoline (02) 9217 0444
Hours: 9.30am to 5pm (open at 9am on weekends and during school
holidays only for Harry Potter: The Exhibition)
Admission: Peak sessions (weekends: Fri 5pm-9pm, Sat 9am-9pm, Sun
9am-5pm; and school holidays 9am-5pm). Families $95, Adults $32,
Children (4 - 15 yrs.) $22, Student card holders, pensioner and
concession $32, Groups $32, Schools $22 per person.
Powerhouse members peak sessions: Families $71, Adult $24, Child $16.50
Off-peak sessions (Mon-Fri 9.30am – 5pm). Families $79.50, Adults $28,
Children (4 - 15 yrs) $19, Student card holders, pensioner and
concession $25, Groups $23.50, Schools $19 per person Powerhouse
members off-peak sessions: Families $60, Adult $21, Child $14.25
Audio guides: Be guided through the exhibition by the films’
creators. Available in English at $7.50 per guide. Pre-book at