Props, costumes and wands of Harry Potter films in one exhibit

Manon Bushong

A poster for the exhibit.

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TIMES SQUARE — “Harry Potter: The Exhibition” at the Discovery Museum showed fans the props, costumes, and wands of the characters in the Harry Potter film series.If you’re a fan of Harry Potter, this was the place to go.

It started in a small room where they told visitors about the exhibition. Then they showed you the sorting hat and picked four people to try it on and get sorted into a house at Hogwarts. The four houses are Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin. (I was put in Gryffindor.) After, you entered another room where there were seven TVs with a poster for each Harry Potter movie. The preview for each movie played.

It started to get cool in the next museum-like room. They had a bunch of paintings. Some were screens so the pictures moved, because in the Harry Potter movies, the pictures are alive. There was the fat lady—a picture of a lady who students tell the password to to enter the Gryffindor common room—who was trying to break a glass by screaming. But it wasn’t working, so she bumped the glass against the wall and acted like she broke it with her voice.

The fat lady was the last painting because after that you entered the Gryffindor common room. This part of the exhibit had all the Gryffindors’ uniforms and casual clothes, as well as their wands and props, and the beds and bedspreads. The next section was just the stuff from all the other houses of Hogwarts since there wasn’t much. The exhibit did include Luna Lovegood and Draco Malfoy’s things.

If you watched the movies or read the books, you know there was a different teacher for Defence Against the Dark Arts every year. Well, the exhibit has a whole area about these different teachers. First there was Quirinus Quirrell, who ended up being a bad guy working for Voldemort. In the second year, Gilderoy Lockhart taught the course, but turned out to be a fake who didn’t know anything about dark arts. Third year had Remus Lupin, and he would of been perfect if he wasn’t a werewolf. There was a Mad Eye Moody who wasn’t really Mad Eye Moody next, and the fifth year teacher was Dolores Umbridge, who didn’t allow wands in class. When she replaced Dumbledore as headmaster, she got rid of a bunch of teachers. And the sixth year had Severus Snape, who was a Death Eater.

The next section of the exhibit was on the wizard sport Quidditch. Displayed were all of the broomsticks, gear and the balls, including Bludgers, Quaffles and the Golden Snitch, as well as the player’s uniforms and Madam Hooch’s robes. There was a stand were where you could throw a Quaffle into a ring. (Those things are kind of heavy.)

One of the most interesting sections was all about the Dark Forces. It had Death Eater masks and costumes and prison clothes. It had a bunch of wanted signs and evil creatures, as well as the wands that belonged to all of the bad guys, including Voldemort. He had a pretty cool wand.

The last section was just a bunch of extra stuff: candies, extra wands, all of Fred and George’s creations, some things from the fourth year, and the Horcruxes.

The exhibition, which closed Sept. 5, was excellent.

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