For one day only I made my way to ye old Sydney town to catch up with friends and explore the magical world of Harry Potter at the Powerhouse Museum exhibition.
Accompanying me was my dear friend and Harry Potter fanatic (you have no idea!), Michelle. It excited me to share this experience with her, although, unlike each of the film premiers Michelle did not dress as Harry Potter in support of the occasion.
After waiting in line for who knows how long, in between swarms of freckle-faced, runny nosed prepubescents, we were at last given entrance through the gates of Hogwarts, through the misty grounds and past the Hogwarts Express.
Interestingly, attending staff all had ‘English’ accents in what I assumed was an attempt to really bring the exhibition to life. A couple of them were quite good, if not somewhat annoying, where as others could only master the seemingly universal Disney accent = FAIL, although it gave Michelle and I something to giggle to and roll our eyes at.
Once finally past the attendees and free to roam the halls of Hogwarts we found joy in the amount of detail in the large number of props and sets that were on display throughout.
Costumes, wands, trinkets, horcruxes, snitches, witches hats and goblins were all showcased in glass boxes and in sets from each of the eight films, with a brief description of each piece provided on plaques.
Some interactivity was offered, but these areas were largely overrun with children and Michelle and I were somewhat disappointed no photography was allowed in the exhibition. Otherwise I definitely would have gotten a picture sitting in Dolores Umbridge’s pink themed office where the walls were lined with porcelain plates, each detailing pictures of different cats.
Somehow we’d run through the exhibition in just over half an hour, and when contemplating taking another look through we decided against it agreeing that once you’ve seen it – you’ve seen it!
The gift shop was almost as much fun as the exhibition. Although we had the opportunity to buy beautifully crafted replica wands (for $60 each), we agreed that everything was just a tad overpriced and Michelle suggested to just get a stick from the front garden and pretend that’s your wand instead!
It was a fun exhibition and great seeing certain probs etc. in real life, but not actually having the opportunity to hold probs, or enter sets detracted from the overall experience. When it comes down to it, if you’ve seen the films then really, you’ve seen the exhibition.
I am now looking forward to sharing my only gift shop purchase, a packet of Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans ($5 … JK Rowling, aren’t you rich enough?), with my sister at Christmas. Mmm, earwax flavour … delish!