Report from Harry Potter, the Exhibition in Boston

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Oct 22, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

As noted previously, Harry Potter, the Exhibition opens this weekend at the Museum of Science in Boston, Mass. The exhibition will open wide Sunday, October 25th and run through Sunday, February 21, 2010 with ticket information available at this link. As a follow to our post below containing many photos and the special audio interview with actor Matt Lewis (Neville Longbottom) who was a guest at the museum today, TLC’s own Melissa Anelli took part in the press preview event and has the following from the event:

The most important reason to see the Harry Potter exhibit traveling around the country (currently in Boston) is this: it is the only opportunity most people will ever have to zoom in to real-size level to see the miniscule detail that has been woven into the fabric of the Harry Potter films.

Even people who have viewed the films frame-by-frame will never see the tiny registration number on the bottom of the Ministry of Magic notices, or the signatures on Ron Weasley’s Chudley Cannons shirt (all made out to him, phrased in terms of typical sportsman-like dedications – “Keep Snitching!” reads one). No one will ever see the way Voldemort’s robes seem to capture green and silver at once and when moved flows like liquid between the two, or the 100,000 Galleon bounty the Daily Prophet put on Bellatrix LeStrange’s head.

More than the atmosphere, which is artfully created, more than the fog over the Forbidden Forest or the impressive appearance of the Hogwarts Express at the mouth of the walkthrough – it’s being able to get right up close and view what was so painstakingly, carefully created for a film that purposefully ignores it in the aim of larger cohesion.

Leaky readers will remember the previous report posted of the HP Exhibit in Chicago - the exact same exhibit has been transferred to Boston. The exhibit has been constructed to take a person from an “entrance” to the Hogwarts world, through the common rooms and classes, and out through the grounds of the castle, carefully around the edges of the Forbidden Forest and Dark Arts repositories, and up again to the bright gold of the Great Hall.

Audio guides feature input from the filmmakers and creators, and swerve from pointed and revelatory (Dumbledore’s wand was chosen from six varieties, purposefully made to stand out from the rest; the fabrics used on Umbridge’s costumes were chosen to oppose the character’s personality) to slightly unexplored (the choices for Snape’s costume are only called “perfect” for him without any explanation, all that’s said about the Golden Egg from GoF’s fabrication is that the kids had to figure out how to interact with it).

It’s about the intricate handle of Snape’s wand, the many folds on the Marauder’s Map, the careful placing of Parvati’s costume with the Divination set, the tidbit that the brooms are created with aircraft materials, the Daily Prophet headline about Ollivander’s disappearance (“Where will we buy our wands now?”), the WANTED posters for Amycus and Aleto Carrow. It’s about the way Fleur’s parchment for the Goblet of Fire looks like it was fashioned by fairies and Viktor’s looks as though it was hammered from the hide of a wildebeest he killed in the Bulgarian forest that morning. Those are the things that will never be seen in any of the films, but which have been crafted so carefully, closely and lovingly, that it almost begged an exhibit to finally show them to the public.

Be sure to check out photos from the event today with Matt here, and our extensive collection from the stop in Chicago,here.





46 Responses to Report from Harry Potter, the Exhibition in Boston

Avatar Imagelizzylizace says: awesome but the exhibition needs to come to houstonAvatar ImageAntiochPeverell says: where to next??Avatar Imagebookgirl3000 says: 5th yay! i wish i could see the exihibitAvatar ImageHPNAIV says: Ugh, I never got the chance to go to the Chicago one. Reading that almost made me cry. =( I want to see Fleur's parchment with the fairies! And Voldemort's water-like robes! And Dumbledores wand! I want to see the Hogwarts Express... everything :( *tearAvatar ImageSohajFawkes says: Amazing. It would be great to attend the exhibition. It is a good idea, how to spend part of holidays:)Avatar ImagePhoenix1946 says: There are some excellent pictures in that group. Matt Lewis looks like he's having a ball with the visitors. Nice shots of Melissa.Avatar Imagesimos says: amazing!Avatar ImageNicci Weasley says: I want to see it!Avatar Imagewing says: hahahahaAvatar Imagewing says: hahahahaAvatar Imagewing says: hahahahaAvatar Imagewandmastercalum says: Wow this sounds amazing!!!!!! I really want to go!!!!!!!! I just wish David Yates was this passionate about Harry. No offence to people who like him but I feel he did an awful job with HBP.Avatar Imageginevrapotter07 says: Sigh, only the big cities... I'll just WISH to go... No worries, I'll call them and let them come to my house tomorrow -yah, like that'll happen. lol.Avatar Imagebettb says: Hoping to go next week!!Avatar ImageCatherine says: it was an awesome exhibit! i went when it was in chicago! to bad matt wasnt there though! lucky ducks for those in boston!Avatar ImageElVampiro9878 says: I'm going next week, planning the trip as a birthday gift :)Avatar ImageLulubelleI says: I saw it in Chicago, and it was awesome!! Boston is really lucky. I advise going to see it. As I said, it's phenomenal!!!!!!!!Avatar ImageGenine_Malfoy says: Yes, lizzylizace. I totally agree that this needs to come to Houston!Avatar ImageJane_Potter says: Awwwwwwwww If only I was there....Avatar ImageSohajFawkes says: Amazing. It would be great to attend the exhibition. It is a good idea, how to spend part of holidays:)Avatar ImageSohajFawkes says: Amazing. It would be great to attend the exhibition. It is a good idea, how to spend part of holidays:)Avatar Imageblue_rogue says: I'm making the trip to Boston in 3 weeks! Can't wait!!!!!Avatar Imagelilginnythatlostherjumper says: It needs to come to california i wanna see it so badAvatar Imagegingersnap188 says: How awesome!!!Avatar ImageFigment says: I wish I could see the exhibit, but I know it will be wonderful for everyone that does get a chance to go.Avatar ImageDawna says: I saw a report on the news tonight...so excited to go!Avatar Imagehumbert0 says: Nice!Avatar ImageFifi says: Is it only staying in the US? : [Avatar ImageBrosia23 says: Stupid work getting in the way of this perfect exhibition!!!!!Avatar Imagemaimiaa says: so awesome! loved the interviewsAvatar Imageangadpotter says: neville looks greatAvatar ImageRavenclawDave says: Oh my goodness I HAVE to go to this museum... It looks sooo awesome. When i go I will keep journal entries and blog it online. Time to start planning!Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: Super cool! It needs to head south now.... like maybe Florida! I so want to go! :)Avatar Imagemjkalldaway says: I'M SO HAPPY!!!! I live on the cape and am dying to go! I'm probably going on my b-day i don't get why you can't take pictures though... by the way their describing the items, they must be pretty intricate, and i don't think you would be able to copy and sell them but whateverAvatar ImageSigourney1990 says: Ohh i wish i could go :( damn living in the UK and far away from all the big cities that something like that goes too :( ...anyone else in love with Matt Lewis? ;)Avatar Imagewing says: hahahahaAvatar Imagewing says: hahahahaAvatar Imagepfowlerp says: Amazing!!! It would be great to attend the exhibition, it needs to come to the DC Metro area!!Avatar ImagevampressISap0tter says: please go to the philippines! very lucky people in boston. :) haha...i want to go. anyone wanna buy me a ticket? lolAvatar Image-MischiefManaged- says: I really hope this exhibition would make it to Europe some day. I'd be happy to be in the same *continent* as the exhibition, that way I could perhaps consider going there. But not while it is only in the US.Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: Having been to the exhibition when it was in Chicago, I can safely assure everyone in Boston that they will not find themselves disappointed by the exhibition. Until the theme park is open to the public, this offers the most incredible experience for a fan imaginable. You feel as though you have fallen straight into the Potterverse.Avatar Imagealicia00 says: i hope i can goAvatar Imagestella8h8chang says: I wonder where it's heading after Boston?Avatar ImageSmitch says: PS: Why can't Halifax get something going? Avatar ImageSmitch says: Yeah, all of this is so awesome. For the extra-obsessive fans (us), it is a dream to see those little details at an arm's length away! I will definitley go to this before my life on Earth is over. DEFINITELY Avatar Imagekyrstalkris says: I wish I could go!

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