JK Rowling to Attend Harry Potter, the Exhibit?


Apr 26, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

Following on our report from last night, previews begin today for Harry Potter, the Exhibit. NWI is giving a few new details on the event, and noted that Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling reviewed the plans for the massive exhibit, which features over 200 props and sets seen in the Harry Potter films. The president of the Exhibit group is quoted as saying “Rowling reviewed the exhibit plans and may try to see the show during
its five-month run. “She’s got a very, very active schedule,” Newquist
cautioned.” TLC is trying to learn more about this possible visit, and will update with more when we can.

While yesterday we learned of the new guide and photos, here, today new details about the Exhibit itself include: Fans visiting the event will be greeted by the Hogwarts Express
( “so you feel like you’ve arrived at Hogwarts,” one source said.) Also, there will be floating candles in the Great Halls set display, Professor Slughorn’s costume will be added from Half-Blood Prince, and there are to be video interviews with the special-effects teams and costume designers playing in various points of the exhibit.

Finally, the paper notes: “The museum will host Snape-worthy chemistry labs during the show’s run.
Children also can dissect owl pellets, and test their senses of smell
and taste by sampling Bertie Bott-style jelly beans. Happily, grumpy
Prof. Snape will not be in attendance to rap wayward pupils’ heads.
Since Warner Bros. Consumer Products is backing the exhibit, expect the
show to exit into a giant gift shop.”

Harry Potter, the Exhibit is taking place at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago running April 30 – September 27 and is open 9:30 a.m. to
4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. NO cameras are being allowed in the Exhibit. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged due to high demand. You can purchase tickets via this link.

71 Responses to JK Rowling to Attend Harry Potter, the Exhibit?

Avatar Imageshellybasson says: First comment? I wish I could attend as well... :(Avatar Imagenicole 313 says: Oooooh! Sounds good!!! I really want to go to that, but I can't because I live in England. Avatar ImageBewareoftheNargles says: Hmmm...I wish I could go, but no luck. If it were in the UK...:(Avatar Imageginnyrose says: why is it all the fab harry potter stuff is happing in the usa why not the uk am not so happy now some tell the powers that be hay it filmed in uk please have more thing in the uk like this sorry rant over with Avatar Imagex_Potter_Lover_Forever_x says: IF SOMEBODY SEES THIS CAN THEY TELL ME IF IT'S COMING TO THE UK??? (OWL ME!!!) - PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE!!!! :DAvatar ImageAbiDumbledore says: Please let it come to the uk! I could see it being in the 02 centre! I will pray!Avatar ImageR-for-H says: that's cool... come to UK though!! XD Be well worth it!! XDAvatar Imagesplinch says: I'm right here, I am so there, even if its just to see jo for a minute =DAvatar ImageErinM says: O.K. I'm sad. I'm going in three weeks to see this in Chicago and I CAN'T BRING MY CAMERA????? WTH? I CAN'T BRING MY CAMERA???Avatar Imagerealspace says: So I don't see why this couldn't work: JKR comes to Chicago to visit the exhibit sometime in say, MAY (do you see where this is going?) - then, since she's on this side of the Atlantic anyway...she could hop a flight to BOSTON to visit a gathering of some fans that might be meeting at the time....maybe in time for a podcast Q&A? Oh, YEAH! That's what I'm talking about!!! Best LeakyCon ever!Avatar ImageMcGiggles92 says: coolAvatar ImagePewterWolf says: She should go and see it (totally agree! BRING IT TO THE UK!!! PLEASE!!!!)Avatar Imagemhaeyemhaeye says: Ugh! Wish I could go! :(Avatar Imageharrypotterlover10 says: all I have to say is OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMGOMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!!!!Avatar ImageNoble Birth Descending says: This is sounding more and more exciting. I must now alter our travel plans and go to Chicago with kids in tow. Avatar Image-MischiefManaged- says: Bring that exhibit to the UK and I would definitely try to go and see it..Avatar ImageJoRowlingRocks says: Ughhh. So they're flying all the props over from England to Chicago when just as many people would go to see it here as they would there? Smart. Avatar ImageParkinsonpansy says: Aw I wish i could attend. especially when J.K Rowling is there.Avatar ImageErinM says: Picture it: Being in the exhibit which would be SQUEEEE enough, but to have JKR there on the same day? I would die and go to HP heaven. Avatar Imagesalame says: Agreeing with the people who want it in the UK. I would be willing to fly there to see it but the USA is a bit too far away....Avatar ImageBMcFly1 says: Looks like I'll be taking a road trip to Chicago.Avatar ImageHPandtheDA007 says: no camera? NO CAMERA? *sigh* I was hoping to take with me some wonderful memories =( oh well, super excited, hopefully going in June!Avatar ImageLivelaughlovepotter says: GAH! My older cousin's in Chigago for college. I wish I was in Chigago!!Avatar ImageCatherine says: oh i hope she comes! during memorial day weekend JO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar ImageJesicurz93 says: Dude WTH NO CAMERA?! Ughhh but what about for memories and stuff? :(Avatar ImageRita_Dumbledore94 says: I really want to go to that, but I can’t because I live in Italy :-(Avatar ImageThe Giant Toadstool says: no cameras allowed...darn. well, then people will have to describe to me! Avatar Imageoldenoughtoknowbetter says: I would love to meet her, but knowing me I'd just stand there like a Blibbering Humdinger and not be able to utter a coherent word let alone sentence!Avatar ImageHPNAIV says: Well, this confirms my trip to Chicago. Lol. But seriously... I'm so sad. I live a state away and I didn't even buy a ticket yet. Who do I think I am?!!?Avatar Imagephoenixphire24 says: Maybe she'll visit during the US premiere of Half-Blood Prince? I'll definitely be going this summer. I'm bummed we can't take pictures though. :(Avatar Imagemuggle..andproudofit says: too bad it 's in Chicago :( if only it were in GA Avatar Imagequeequeg says: Squee, finally some HP fun in the midwest!!!!! We never get anything exciting, and now JKR might come!!! I was planning on going anyway, but now I am going to wait around and see if she's actually coming. Avatar ImageEnricoDc says: I received an invitation at the roundtable conference call but sadly, i could not attend because im out of the U.S., i'm here in SouthEast Asia.Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: The more I learn about it, the more excited I am that I am going with my family to see the exhibit! I do hope that J.K. Rowling is able to accommodate time in her schedule to visit this fabulous collection of the effort and labor of the people behind the films.Avatar ImageRaWr...WeReWoLf says: I so want to go to that!!!Avatar Imagefloridianhp says: uggg!!! i want tooo gooo !!Avatar ImagexAnaheyy says: I wannna go SO badly ! NYC is kinda far from Chicago, I hope I'll be able to go! It'd be cool if JKR shows up !Avatar Imageavrenim says: now i REALLY want to go! i hope this exhibit comes to new york. "Happily, grumpy Prof. Snape will not be in attendance to rap wayward pupils' heads. " oh, but it would be so much more amazing if snape was there :DAvatar ImageSarabi says: Gah, I wish I could go D:Avatar Imagefan.numero1 says: the pictures just made me feel so depressed. since i live in the U.S. but i can't go see it.. :( texas is like hours and hours from Chicago :( .. but it sounds really good. i wish i could go...Avatar Imageharrypotterfan5324 says: I wish they would let you bring cameras.....sadAvatar ImageStuckWithHarry says: This sounds so exciting! i wish i could go! Avatar ImageGarden State Geek says: That is too cool. Avatar Imagestevenk12468 says: I woud love to go and visit the Museum!Avatar ImageRachezee says: I am going to be there opening night! I love being a chicagoin. Avatar ImageLoSushi says: omg! its right by me! lol im going on my birthday! =] Avatar Imagebadger666 says: Wish I could go!Avatar ImageHermioneRon4ever says: Sounds awesome!!! I hope I can go... Far though :( Hmmm...Avatar ImageHermioneRon4ever says: Sounds awesome!!! I hope I can go... Far though :( Hmmm...Avatar Imagesunlitdays says: sque!!!!!!! my cousins live in chicago and over the summer we always go over there and im there for a week with nothing to do BUTBUTBUT when i heard about this i asked my mom about going and she was lik "DUH!". oh the joys of haveing a mother just as obsessed with harry potter as you are :DAvatar ImageNot Slytherin says: Hopefully, other museums will want it, and the collection will tour all over the world! How about Tokyo?? (After the UK, of course!)Avatar ImageIlzairspar says: I just got home after seeing the exhibit, thanks to the member's only two day event going on today and tomorrow. I can say this without any reservations. I don't care how you do it, GET YOURSELF TO THE EXHIBITION!. It is amazing and worth far more than the $18 the ticket costs (I recommend getting the Audio Tour as well, very informative) My father went with me to MSI and he (someone who hasn't read the books and can barely remember the movies) enjoyed it immensely. Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: I want to go so much!Avatar ImageHuddz says: Not to seem like i'm moaning about it, but maybe they should do more stuff like this in the UK where the actual fan base first started, they only seem to do this kind of stuff in America and it does get a bit annoying that whoever's organizing these things only seems to cater to american fans only.Avatar ImagePhlegm De La Coeur says: omg! i'm going to be that annoying visitor who just stands in front of everything for hours just trying to take everything in!! Boo on no cameras but i understand everyone would simply be standing around posing... Would anyone have a suggestion as to when is a good time to visit the Museum? (day of the week ie: monday is better versus Sat, and what time is good? like morning versus after noon....i'm close to booking an airplane ticket to chicago! eeee!!) or any other helpful chicago info please?Avatar Imagesteph2318 says: Oh my goodness! I only live 2 hours from Chicago! I really would like to go especially if J.K. Rowling is going to be there:)Avatar ImageNuttyAsSP says: I live in a suburb of Chicago, and given the choice of either visiting this collection of props from the films created by WB that follow the plot of each book when they find it convenient, or, having JKR write a new series of novels, I would pick the latter.Avatar ImageGobbledygook says: GAHHHHH!!!!! I WANT TO GOOO! why does everything cool have to be on the the east coast!?!? :(Avatar ImageNoella_Mansrot says: This sounds absolutely lovely. It would be wonderful to see...if only I could.Avatar Imagecalliet2b4g says: they should bring it to australiaAvatar Imageluna.quibbler says: is it going to come to london????!!!! xAvatar ImageHPfan13 says: Oh I wish I could go, but as its in the USA, and I'm in Australia and my parents wont let me go, I can't go. Why don't they let it travil, like to the UK, where Harry Potter started and to other places, like Italy, France, Australia, Africa and many others that are great fans. Everyone wants to see itAvatar Imagemugglemom4 says: I would love to try all those experiments.Avatar Imagemaera-kyrie says: Fantastic! And I agree with -MischiefManaged-. Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: that is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cool!!!!!! i live abroad most of the time but hav the exhibit in the summer if u go 2 the UK!!!! or xmas. or easter!!!!!!11Avatar ImageHeavenly_Horcrux says: I can't wait to go!Avatar ImageJersey says: It would be very cool to visit while she was thereAvatar Imageiconshero says: Wish i could go!Avatar ImageMary11_hplvr4l says: if i could, i would go everyday and wait for jk rowling to go :D but..i can'tAvatar ImageDobbyWinkyKreacher says: Would so love to be there, and walk in the world of HP. Avatar ImageMadam Malkin says: OH YEAH!!! I am planning on going in August with the family in tow.... Too bad we can't bring in cameras... Wha's up with that?

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