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Global Tour Of New Harry Potter Exhibition Kicks Off In Philadelphia

“Harry Potter: The Exhibition” is having its world premiere at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.

On display through September 18, 2022, the all-new, behind-the-scenes exhibition celebrates the iconic moments, characters, settings and beasts depicted in the films and stories of Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts and Wizarding World, including Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Visitors can get an up-close look at everything from original costumes to authentic props, as they embark on a personalized journey through environments that use immersive design and technology.

The 18,000-square-foot exhibition features 21 galleries, including the Great Hall, Hogwarts Castle, Hagrid’s Hut, Hogwarts Houses and Newt’s Suitcase. Visitors can transition into the exhibition from the iconic King’s Cross Station, where they complete their profile, select their Hogwarts house, wand and Patronus as they set off on their personalized journey.

As they explore each gallery, their interactions are captured using radio frequency identification wristbands.

Exhibition highlights include an original first edition of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” encased in a Gringotts-inspired vault and surrounded by inspirational video and literary quotes; a projection-mapped space that allows visitors to celebrate magical, seasonal moments; a Hogwarts Houses gallery where visitors can experience all of the Hogwarts houses in a hall with an iconic Sorting Hat, perfect for photo ops; Hogwarts Classrooms filled with iconic props, creatures and costumes, where visitors can interact with magical lessons and games through digital touchscreens and brew potions in the Potions Classroom, predict the future in Divination, pot a mandrake in the Herbology Greenhouse and use their digital wand to defeat a boggart in Defense Against the Dark Arts.

Also featured are an interactive Patronus charm experience and Newt’s Suitcase photo opportunity, where visitors can step inside his enchanted case and be surrounded by creatures seen in the Fantastic Beasts films.

Exhibition merchandise includes apparel, jewelry and edible treats, such as Chocolate Frogs and bottled Butterbeer, as well as collectible art from MinaLima, the graphic design duo on all Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films.

“Harry Potter: The Exhibition” was created and developed by Imagine Exhibitions in partnership with Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment in association with EMC Presents. It is slated to eventually tour to Latin America, the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

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