Day Trip: The Harry Potter Exhibit


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The interior of Hagrid's hut, with items as seen throughout the Harry Potter films, including a chair, table and chandelier. (Photo courtesy Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.)

I recently had the pleasure of attending the Harry Potter exhibit at the Discovery Times Square Center in New York City.  If you haven’t heard about it, this is an exhibit of the props and costumes that have been used in the Harry Potter films.

To be completely honest here, I have only read one of the books and seen about three of the movies. I am not nearly as much of a fan as, let’s say, the typical middle school or elementary school student. That said, the chills I felt walking through these rooms is probably nothing compared to what some of my fellow attendees felt that day. The tour stars off with the Sorting Hat and gives attendees an opportunity to see which of the four houses of Hogwarts they should be in. Beyond that, the costumes, decor, books, wands and even the replica of Hagrid’s hut were amazing. I even sat in his chair! The exhibit and tour were fabulous and would make a great day trip during the upcoming April vacation if you don’t have plans to go anywhere.

The exhibition made its world premiere in Chicago in April 2009 before traveling on to Boston and then to Toronto and is now back on the East Coast due to popular demand following a wildly successful run in Seattle. It will be at DTSC through September 5.

The museum is located at 226 West 44th Street between 8th Avenue and Broadway. The hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. , seven days a week. It’s an easy walk from Port Authority if you are either into mass transit or would prefer parking at Port Authority Bus Terminal.

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