17 November 2011, Sydney: Harry Potter™: The Exhibition, which showcases hundreds of original film artefacts from one of the most loved and successful film series of all-time, opens in Sydney this Saturday, 19 November, at the PowerhouseMuseum for its exclusive Australian run through to 18 March 2012.
Harry Potter film stars James Phelps and Oliver Phelps, who play Fred and George Weasley, arrived in Sydney this week for the grand opening of the exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum, which is the only venue to host the exhibition in Australia and the first stop outside North America. The Powerhouse Museum marks the exhibition’s sixth tour destination.
“This is an amazing film archive that is a testament to the many highly creative and skilled artists and designers who work behind the scenes to create the enchanting worlds that we escape to by film. We believe that this exhibition will inspire future generations of artists,” said Dr. Dawn Casey, Director, Powerhouse Museum.
In partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Global Experience Specialists (GES) created the 1,400 square-metre exhibition, which allows visitors to experience dramatic displays inspired by the Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry film sets and see up close the amazing craftsmanship behind the authentic costumes, props and creatures that appeared throughout the entire Harry Potter film series.
“Harry Potter™: The Exhibition captivates fans from the moment they step inside and truly embodies the magic that has produced the most successful film franchise in history,” said Karen McTier, Executive Vice President, Domestic Licensing and Worldwide Marketing, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “Australia has given Harry Potter a legion of passionate fans and we couldn’t be happier to provide them with this once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
Eddie Newquist, Chief Creative Officer of GES added: “We are delighted to bring this immersive Harry Potter experience toAustralia. Following the release of the finale in cinemas in July of this year, the exhibition is a wonderful way to celebrate the legacy of the films, where guests can get close and really appreciate the design and artistry that went into creating so many memorable movie moments.”
In addition to the hundreds of iconic props and costumes on display, two new display cases have been added for Sydney that feature several items on display for the first time — a Deathly Hallows™ case displaying the Resurrection Stone, the Invisibility Cloak and the Elder Wand; as well as a Horcrux case containing the notorious magical items used to safeguard pieces of Voldemort’s soul.
Many of the great Hogwarts moments that the young wizards encountered in the films are also replicated in the exhibition. Visitors may be sorted into Hogwarts houses by the Sorting Hat™, toss a Quaffle in the Quidditch™ area, take a tour of Hagrid’s hut and sit in his oversized armchair, or pull a Mandrake from a pot and hear it screech!
Exhibition tickets are available now with pre-allocated session times. Fans are encouraged to book in advance to avoid sold-out time slots and lengthy queues. Ticket prices will vary for peak times, which are the first two weeks after opening, all weekends and school holidays, and off peak times, which are Monday through Friday (first two weeks of opening excluded). Purchase tickets online at www.powerhousemuseum.com or www.ticketek.com.au
On view: Harry Potter™: The Exhibition
Dates: 19 November 2011 – 18 March 2012
Address: Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street Ultimo, Sydney
Telephone: (02) 9217 0111 or infoline (02) 9217 0444
Hours: 9.30am to 5pm (open at 9am on weekends and during school holidays only for Harry Potter: The Exhibition)
Admission: Peak sessions (weekends: Fri 5pm-9pm, Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 9am-5pm; and school holidays 9am-5pm). Families $95, Adults $32, Children (4 – 15 yrs.) $22, Student card holders, pensioner and concession $32, Groups $32, Schools $22 per person.
Powerhouse members peak sessions: Families $71, Adult $24, Child $16.50
Off-peak sessions (Mon-Fri 9.30am – 5pm). Families $79.50, Adults $28, Children (4 – 15 yrs) $19, Student card holders, pensioner and concession $25, Groups $23.50, Schools $19 per person
Powerhouse members off-peak sessions: Families $60, Adult $21, Child $14.25
Audio guides: Be guided through the exhibition by the films’ creators. Available in English at $7.50 per guide. Pre-book at ticketek.com.au.
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Mandy Campbell, Marketing Communications, Powerhouse Museum tel: (02) 9217 0551, 0422 9299 27 or firstname.lastname@example.org