A Trip to New York with my Kids – Part II

Another event on our trip to New York City was the Harry Potter Exhibition at the Discovery Center in Times Square. We’ve read all the books and own every Harry Potter movie to date, so you could say we are fans. Yeah, pretty big fans.

The exhibit begins with a Hogwarts “student” inviting a group of visitors to try on the Sorting Hat. The hat spoke and sorted a few children into houses. It was a great way to begin the tour!

There was so much more on display than I expected! We walked through areas set up as classrooms, dorm rooms, teachers’ costumes, and Professor Umbridge’s pink office. And then….a huge reconstruction of Hagrid’s hut. It was fantastic! The dragon’s egg was on the table, quivering, and Hagrid’s chair to sit in, plus a full size Buckbeak standing nearby.

Then on to play some Quidditch with the actual Quidditch balls from the movie! That was really fun for the kids! Next was a walk through the Forbidden Forest, with magical creatures including a centaur, thestral, acromantula and the Hungarian Horntail Dragon.

Then on to the Great Hall with the real TriWizard Cup and the slips of paper used by students to enter their names into the goblet of fire. Even the actual Fawkes, Dumbledore’s phoenix, was there on his perch. There was so much more than I can mention here, and it was all so well thought out and lovely.

All the items displayed, with their amazing attention to detail, show how these movies created a magical world for the rest of us to experience onscreen.  I rented the audio guide for each of us, but it really wasn’t necessary. We knew what everything was without being told!

If you have a Harry Potter fan in the family, and are close enough to New York, I recommend this exhibit! Tickets are on sale for dates through October 5, 2011.

And of course, the final Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, arrives in theaters on July 15, 2011.

Here are some of our favorite items from the exhibit:

Buckbeak

Pulling up mandrakes

The quidditch set.

Hagrid's Hut

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