Saturday, March 17, 2012
Harry Potter: The Exhibition
Last Saturday I visited the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, NSW to check out Harry Potter: The Exhibition! For a while I thought I wouldn't be able to make it, but I am so glad that I did, because it was seriously worth it!
We (my mother, my brother, and myself) only spent the one night in Sydney, flying from Brisbane Friday afternoon and visiting the exhibition first thing Saturday morning before flying home that afternoon. A very quick trip! We were only there for the exhibition. Originally I'd planned to spend about 2 and half hours at the exhibition and booked our flights accordingly...but after checking with two different people that our return flight would carry both mine and my brother's electric wheelchairs at once, I got a call the day before we were due to fly out to let me know that actually, the return flight I'd booked would not carry both of them afterall and they had to put us on a flight an hour earlier. Which meant I'd only get an hour and a half at the exhibition. I was not impressed, but unfortunately there wasn't much of a choice. I'd read that it could all be seen in an hour, but that fans usually liked to spend 2 hours browsing, so I figured an hour and a half would be enough time...
It was. Sure, I would have liked the extra time I had planned, but in the end I saw everything, stared at every piece for a couple of minutes, read every plaque. I was determined to make the most of it! I loved it. I will admit that I was a little put off by how crowded it was...I expected it to be very popular, but just not that they'd be letting so many people in at once. It was a bit of a stuggle moving through the crowd sometimes, and trying to get close enough to see everything wasn't always fun! You'd be surprised how many adults would sidestep in front of me, whereas a lot of younger children would go out of their way to make room for me! So sweet. I loved seeing so many of them dressed up, they were so cute! I was tempted to dress in my Slytherin uniform myself, but in the end decided not to.
I've been asked what my favourite part of the exhibition was, and seriously, it's hard not to say EVERYTHING! Because seeing every little bit, from potions bottles to text books to costumes to furniture, was awesome! I was a little tempted to ram the barrier and hug the dummy wearing Snapes robes...I'm not even kidding. My fingers even twitched!! I adored seeing the costumes and the wands, the Quidditch equipment was cool, the Deathly Hallows were amazing, the sword of Gryffindor sparkled, the food from various feasts made me hungry, the Dementor and Angel of Death statue were creepy, Kreacher and Dobby were so real (seeing Dobby made me sad...), Hagrid's chair was HUGE and according to my Mum, quite comfy...it was all so exciting to see, I had a blast. I felt like a kid and couldn't stop grinning!
And then there was the Gift Shop...I came fully prepared to spend a bundle, which I did. I bought a program, a bookmark, a bag, a box of Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans, a Quill set, Snape's wand, a set of House Crest Pins...all of which can be seen below! There goes any book buying for the next month!! Again...so worth it!
Have you visited Harry Potter: The Exhibition? If so, was there anything you liked seeing best? If you haven't, what would you have liked to have seen?