Arts & Entertainment

HARRY POTTER: THE EXHIBITION

Harry Potter’s wand, glasses, Hogwarts™ acceptance letter, Marauder’s Map™ and other personal effects. TM & © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR.

For the many Harry Potter fans still mourning the completion of the beloved movie series earlier this year, the news of Harry Potter: The Exhibition’s opening last week must have warmed the cockles of their hearts. Walking into the Powerhouse Museum to check the much-lauded exhibition out, I wasn’t sure what to expect – would it be worth all the fuss, or was it an unnecessary swan song of a franchise that should have ended with the movies? As an unabashed fan of both the books and the movies, I am pleased to say I left convinced that it is indeed worth all the fuss (and not just because the Weasley twins were there to launch it).

Featuring hundreds of props, costumes and set pieces from the film series, and ephemera like quidditch goals, the Powerhouse anticipates the exhibition will attract some 300,000 visitors during its run. What really stays with you after wandering through the new Powerhouse space (now the largest temporary exhibition space in Australia) is the craftsmanship and artistry that has gone into the films. From the ornately carved wands to Voldemort’s horcruxes, the exquisite costumes to the recreation of Hagrid’s Hut, the exhibition truly evokes the magic and imagination of the films. Fans are sure to get a kick out of the chance to see some of Harry Potter’s world up close.

Until Mar 18 2012, Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris St, Ultimo, $24-95 (family), 9217 0111, powerhousemuseum.com

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