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Harry Potter: The Exhibition is a travelling exhibition that has toured several countries across the world.

Global Experience Specialists, Inc. (GES), in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, first launched the exhibiton in 2009. This exhibition, which toured from 2009 to 2020, displayed over two-hundred props and replicas from the Harry Potter films. Props on display included various characters' wands, a full-size version of Buckbeak, the Horcruxes, the Triwizard Cup, pieces from the giant Wizard's Chess and an over-sized chair from Hagrid's Hut. As of 2020, the original exhibition produced by GES was retired.

In February 2021, it was announced that an all-new touring exhibition was being produced by Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment, in partnership with Imagine Exhibitions and EMC Presents. This new exhibition will honour the iconic moments, characters, settings, and beasts as seen in the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films, making it the largest and most comprehensive touring exhibition ever presented about the Wizarding World. Utilising the latest innovations available in immersive design and technology, the new exhibition will give new and existing fans of the franchise the chance to engage with the films and stories in ways never before experienced in a touring exhibition. The world premiere of the new exhibition will be taking place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in early 2022.

Summary

Global Experience Specialists, Inc. exhibition (2009 - 2020)

Harry Potter: The Exhibition official promotional poster for the launch of the GES Exhibition in 2009

The Exhibition started with the sorting of three members from the tour group, where the Sorting Hat was placed on their head and "told" them their house. The guide then opened the doors to a small room to watch a brief film about the Exhibition and the Harry Potter fan base. After the film, the doors at the front of the room opened into a misty room with multiple portraits on the wall that moved and talked like the portraits in the hallways of Hogwarts.

The following room was similar to the Gryffindor common room, with many props, including the beds used by Harry and Ron in the films on display. The boys' school robes were also in this room next to their beds on mannequins. Many other props filled the room with the beds including their Muggle clothes, the glasses, the golden egg, and their wands. The next room led to the classrooms of Hogwarts. There was a large section of Slughorn's classroom with his robes and multiple potions ingredients behind him, along with the potions books in a case. There was also a large section of Gilderoy Lockhart's classroom from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. It had his robes and a full collection of his books.

The Flying Ford Anglia

Next was Professor Umbridge's office from the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which included her robes, wand, and multiple Educational Decrees. The end of the room led to the outdoor world of Harry Potter. Quidditch robes and hoops were there on display, including a mini-Quidditch set up for people to play with. Also, there was a replica Buckbeak and Hungarian Horntail along with a version of Hagrid's hut. This area led into a dark room with a dementor and the robes of Voldemort and the Death Eaters, along with their masks. Dobby and Kreacher were also here, along with the petrified models of the students from the second film.

Wanted posters that were featured in the GES exhibition

The last room in the exhibition was the Great Hall. All of the dress robes and gowns of the Triwizard champions were on display, along with artefacts from the Yule Ball. There was also a long table from the Great Hall with replica food, and a huge case of games and jokes. They included items from Zonko's, Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes, and candy from Honeydukes. The end of the exhibition led to a gift shop that had various Harry Potter collectibles available for purchase, some of which were exclusive to the exhibition.

Photography was not allowed, and there was an optional audio tour available, too.

Imagine Exhibitions and EMC Presents exhibition (2022 -)

Harry Potter: The Exhibition official promotional poster for the new exhibition launching in 2022

"From the mysteries of Hogwarts Castle to the antics of its mischievous yet brilliant students; from daring duels to dragons and Dark Arts; from glittering Gringotts to the magnificent Ministry of Magic —Harry Potter: The Exhibition brings magic to life, connects visitors with the larger global community of fans of the Wizarding World, and reveals the artistry and craftsmanship behind the blockbuster films of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts." — from the official website.

Locations

GES Exhibition

Location Country Date
Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, Illinois American Flag.png United States 30 April - 7 September 2009
Museum of Science, Boston, Massachusetts American Flag.png United States 25 October 2009 - 28 February 2010
Ontario Science Centre, Toronto Canadian Flag.png Canada 9 April - 6 September 2010
Pacific Science Center, Seattle, Washington American Flag.png United States 23 October 2010 - 13 February 2011
Discovery Times Square, New York City, New York American Flag.png United States 5 April - 5 September 2011
Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Australian Flag.png Australia 19 November 2011 - 9 April 2012
ArtScience Museum, Singapore Flag of Singapore.png Singapore 2 June - 30 September 2012
Discovery Times Square, New York City, New York American Flag.png United States 2 November 2012 - 7 April 2013
Mori Arts Center Gallery, Roppongi Hills, Tokyo[1] 800px-Flag of Japan.png Japan 22 June - 26 September 2013
Edmonton Telus World of Science center, Edmonton Canadian Flag.png Canada 23 November 2013 - 6 April 2014
Nya Parken, Norrköping Flag of Sweden.png Sweden July - 17 September 2014
The Odysseum, Cologne Flag of Germany.png Germany 3 October 2014 - 1 March 2015
Cité du Cinéma, Paris Flag of France.png France 4 April - 6 September 2015
China Super Brand Mall, Shanghai Flag of China.png China 5 October 2015 - 28 February 2016
Belgium Brussels Expo, Brussels Flag of Belgium.png Belgium 30 June - 6 November 2016
The Netherlands Cinemec Utrecht, Utrecht Flag of the Netherlands.png Netherlands 11 February 2017 - 2 September 2017
IFEMA Feria de Madrid, Madrid[2] 750px-Flag of Spain.png Spain 18 November 2017 - 2 April 2018
Fabbrica del Vapore, Milano Flag of Italy.png Italy 12 May - 9 September 2018
Caligari Halle, Berlin (Potsdam) Flag of Germany.png Germany 13 October 2018 - 10 March 2019
Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe, Valencia 750px-Flag of Spain.png Spain 13 April - 11 August 2019
Pavilhão de Portugal, Libsbon Portugal 16 November 2019-March 2020 (originally scheduled to 8 April, closed early due to COVID-19 pandemic)

Imagine Exhibitions and EMC Presents exhibition

Location Country Date
The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania[3] American Flag.png United States Early 2022

Notes and references

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Chamber of Secrets book film game film soundtrack game soundtrack
Prisoner of Azkaban book film game film soundtrack game soundtrack
Goblet of Fire book film game film soundtrack game soundtrack
Order of the Phoenix book film game film soundtrack game soundtrack
Half-Blood Prince book film game film soundtrack game soundtrack
Deathly Hallows book film 1 game 1 film soundtrack 1 game soundtrack 1
film 2 game 2 film soundtrack 2 game soundtrack 2
Cursed Child script play
Fantastic Beasts film series
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them book screenplay film soundtrack game
The Crimes of Grindelwald screenplay film soundtrack
The Secrets of Dumbledore film soundtrack
Fantastic Beasts 4 film
Fantastic Beasts 5 film
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Quidditch Through the Ages Wonderbook: Book of Spells / Book of Potions
The Tales of Beedle the Bard Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup
Harry Potter Prequel Harry Potter: Find Scabbers
Encyclopaedia of Potterworld (potentially cancelled) Harry Potter DVD Game: Hogwarts Challenge / Wizarding World
Pottermore Presents Harry Potter: Spells
Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey / Harry Potter Limited Edition LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 / Years 5-7
LEGO Harry Potter: Building the Magical World LEGO Dimensions
LEGO Harry Potter: Characters of the Magical World Motorbike Escape
Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Book Harry Potter: The Quest
J. K. Rowling: A Bibliography Harry Potter for Kinect
Harry Potter: The Character Vault / Creature Vault / Artifact Vault Wizard's Challenge
Harry Potter Film Wizardry Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World
The Case of Beasts: Explore the Film Wizardry of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Harry Potter: Trading Card Game
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Art of The Film LEGO Creator: Harry Potter / Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
The Archive of Magic: The Film Wizardry of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
The Art of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
Harry Potter: The Wand Collection Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells
J. K. Rowling's Wizarding World: Movie Magic Volume One: Extraordinary People and Fascinating Places / Volume Two: Curious Creatures / Volume Three: Amazing Artifacts Harry Potter: Magic Awakened
Hogwarts Legacy
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J. K. Rowling's official site Harry Potter and Me
Pottermore The Queen's Handbag
J. K. Rowling's Twitter account J. K. Rowling: A Year in the Life
Harry Potter: The Exhibition Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story
The Making of Harry Potter Harry Potter: Beyond the Page
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter The Tale of the Three Brothers
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