Harry Potter in New York

As you might have guessed, I’m a huge fan of the Harry Potter series. In honor of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 we featured Wizarding Week, a travel guide based around all things Harry Potter. In just 10 days, the movie comes out on DVD. Would you believe that we have yet another Harry Potter feature for you to visit?

Starting today, Discovery Times Square is bringing Harry Potter: The Exhibition to muggles around New York City. This is the same exhibit that was in Seattle earlier this year so if you missed it there you have yet another chance to catch the exhibit before Harry Potter ends forever.

Boys dormitory, ™ © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. s10

In this exhibit, you’ll find movie memorabilia and interactive projects. Just like in the Seattle exhibit, you’ll start your journey with a witch welcoming you to Hogwarts and one lucky tour member will be sorted into a Hogwarts House by the Sorting Hat. The exhibit then leads you to a room to watch clips of Harry Potter, setting the stage for the rest of your tour. The Hogwarts express gives a whistle and the doors open, releasing you into the Gryffindor Common Room. From there, you can travel the exhibit at your leisure.

TriWizard Cup, ™ © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. s10

There are props from the movies, including the TriWizard Cup, Harry’s wand and glasses, the Marauder’s Map and a Hogwarts acceptance letter. You’ll also get to see the costumes of various cast members and all their intricate details. Be sure to check the stitching on Dumbledore’s robes to see just how detail-oriented the designers were. There are several sets rebuilt for this exhibit including the boys’ dormitory and Hagrid’s hut. You’ll also find creatures here, including Kreacher himself. There are also spiders from the second movie, dementors from the third movie and Yule ball costumes from the fourth movie.

Kreacher, ™ © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. s10

Along your tour, there are things to do as well as see. In Professor Sprout’s Herbology class you can pull a mandrake just as you might have seen in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. You can sit in the chair in Hagrid’s hut and measure up how big he really is. You can also play some Quidditch, or at the very least shoot a Quaffle through one of the goal hoops.

The tour exits into a gift shop where you can buy Harry Potter memorabilia of your own. Once you exit the gift shop, you can continue to explore the rest of Discovery Times Square including their other feature Pompeii the Exhibit: Life and Death in the Shadow of Vesuvius.

This will be Harry Potter: The Exhibit‘s final North American stop and includes artifacts seen in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Hagrid's Hut, ™ © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. s10

Dates: April 5, 2011 – September 5, 2011
10:00 AM to 8:00 PM, last admission 90 minutes before close
Discovery Time Square, Manhattan, New York, New York
$25 for adults/$19.50 for kids/$22.50 for seniors; Watch for special offers

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I'm Julie, I love to travel, I'm very hyper and I like to "hype" things and from that, TravelHyper was born. I'm a Missouri native and I cover St. Louis travel ideas as well as my own travels. I also like to focus on places I want to visit and budget travel ideas by creating trip plans. There's so much world out there and I hope you'll find that it's worth seeing and that vacation doesn't have to be out of reach to you.

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