Harry Potter exhibition opens at Chicago museum

MUMBAI: Harry Potter The Exhibition made its world premiere on 30 April, 2009, at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, the only Midwest location on the exhibit’s US tour. The exhibition, which will offer fans a firsthand look inside the boy wizard’s magical world and the opportunity to experience the amazing craftsmanship of more than 200 authentic costumes and props from the Harry Potter films, will be on view in Chicago until 27 September, 2009.

"Harry Potter: The Exhibition truly embodies the Museum’s mission of inspiring the inventive genius in everyone," said Museum president and CEO David Mosena. "The Harry Potter stories have sparked the imagination of kids and adults alike with their incredible creativity."

In a 10,000-square-foot exhibit space, Harry Potter: The Exhibition will feature artifacts in settings inspired by the film sets – including the Great Hall, Hagrid’s hut and the Gryffindor common room. Guests will be able to enjoy some of their favorite props and costumes from the Harry Potter films as they tour through the exhibit space, including iconic items such as Harry’s original wand and eyeglasses, the Golden Snitch and Gryffindor school uniforms.

"For almost three years, we have been working with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to create an exhibition that we hope will be enchanting, engaging and, above all, true to the spirit of the films," said Exhibitgroup/Giltspur president branded entertainment Eddie Newquist. "Harry Potter is a one-of-a-kind cultural phenomenon, and we are excited that this exhibition allows guests the opportunity to experience the work of some of the most talented artists and craftsmen in the world."

"We are very pleased to be opening Harry Potter: The Exhibition with our partners Exhibitgroup/Giltspur and the Museum of Science and Industry in the great city of Chicago," said Warner Bros. president Consumer Products Brad Globe, "The incredible stories written by J.K. Rowling, and the films from Warner Bros. Pictures, have helped us create a truly one-of-a-kind experience for fans of all ages."