Alas, all of you muggles out there will never have a chance to step inside Hogwarts, to suit up for a magical Quidditch match, or to sit down for a chat in Hagrid's Hut. But can come pretty close, thanks to Harry Potter: The Exhibition.
Housed at the Discovery Times Square building in New York City from April 5 through September 5, the exhibit showcases props, costumes and sets from all eight franchise movies, from 2001's "Sorcerer's Stone" up through the part two of "Deathly Hallows," which hits theaters this summer.
"When we first met with the filmmakers, we wanted to make sure everything was as authentic as possible," Eddie Newquist, an exhibition creator, told MTV News. "We decided to create an experience where you felt like you were going into Hogwarts. We also wanted to create an experience where you could get very close to a lot of the special costumes and things that maybe go by very quickly in the films but really have a lot of significant meaning."
A few days before Monday's (April 4) DVD premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1," MTV News got a peek at what the exhibit is all about.
It begins as attendees enter Hogwarts and pass through the lobby of moving portraits. From there, it's on to the Gryffindor common room, the dormitories, the classrooms and Hagrid's Hut, before heading out to a Quidditch pitch for a chance to toss a quaffle. Things then take a darker turn, taking folks through the dragon-filled Forbidden Forest and into a confrontation with Voldemort and the Death Eaters.
At every turn, visitors will see actual props, costumes and other elements from the films — from Harry's glasses to Godric Gryffindor's sword to a hands-on opportunity to pull a young Mandrake from its pot.
"It's a great way to celebrate the end of this amazing, epic series," Newquist said. "But it's also a way to pay a bit of homage to the artistry and craftsmanship that's gone into creating it."
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