Under 6 weeks until Harry Potter™ casts a spell on Sydney

11 October 2011: There are less than six weeks to go until the highly anticipated Harry Potter™: The Exhibition opens in Sydney for its exclusive Australian run at the Powerhouse Museum, beginning on 19 November 2011.

Tickets are selling fast as fans across Australia book their opportunity to step inside Harry Potter’s world where hundreds of props and costumes from the world-famous films will be showcased.

For the first time in Australia, the exhibition enables fans to see authentic film artefacts displayed in elaborate settings inspired by the film’s sets and locations in Hogwarts™School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, including the Gryffindor™ common room, Hagrid’s hut, the Great Hall and much more.

Objects large and small will be on display, from Harry’s and Ron’s four-poster beds to the wardrobe in which the Boggart™ was kept and took the shape of one’s greatest fear; to items from Professor Slughorn’s potions classroom including vials used to hold Felix Felicis; and a portrait gallery featuring some of the original paintings seen in the films.  

The incredible artistry and craftsmanship that went into making the props, costumes, and creatures that appear in Harry Potter’s world can now be fully appreciated in this one-of-a-kind exhibition.

“The meticulous detail and creativity reflected by so many of the wonderful artefacts on display, which are often only seen fleetingly on the cinema screen, can now be enjoyed in this immersive Harry Potter experience,” said Dr Dawn Casey, Director, Powerhouse Museum.

“This is a truly unique exhibition that showcases the work of numerous and diverse artists and designers behind the magnificent costumes, sets, props and backdrops that created an enchanting world in the Harry Potter film series,” said Dr Casey.

Must-see artefacts in the exhibition include: Harry Potter’s glasses, wand and Nimbus 2000™; the Time-Turner™ used by Hermione Granger™; the Golden Snitch™; the Philosopher’s Stone™; dozens of costumes worn by Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Dumbledore™, Sirius Black™, Lord Voldemort™ and his Death Eaters; as well as several of the creatures from the films including Dobby™ the house-elf, the Hungarian Horntail dragon, Buckbeak™ the Hippogriff and a baby Thestral™. 

Fans will also be able to be sorted by the Sorting Hat™, step inside a recreation of Hagrid’s hut and sit in his oversized armchair, pass a Quaffle through Quidditch™ hoops, and pull Mandrakes out of their pots.

To avoid waiting in ticket queues, purchase tickets online now for Harry Potter™: The Exhibition 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
Website: powerhousemuseum.com/harrypotter
Hours: 9.30am to 5pm (open at 9am during school holidays only for Harry Potter: The Exhibition)
Admission: Peak sessions (Fri & Sat 5pm-9pm, Sat & Sun 9.30am-5pm, 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. 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. Members off-peak sessions: Families $60, Adult $21, Child $14.25

For further media information, interviews and images contact:
Mandy Campbell, Marketing & Communications, Powerhouse Museum
tel: (02) 9217 0551, 0422 9299 27 or mandyca@phm.gov.au