If our generation has contributed anything that has affected popular culture in a significant way, the Harry Potter phenomenon of the past 10 years would make the short list.
With the book and the resulting movie series, Harry Potter has boosted virtually unknown kids to super-stardom and even influenced its own cult-like wizard culture. Now, you can experience the magic by visiting the Museum of Science in Boston where Harry Potter: The Exhibit is currently on display through February 21st.
The exhibit, which made its debut in Chicago in April, opened in the Museum of Science on October 25th and features over 200 props from the movies such as Harry’s wand, glasses, Marauder’s Map and acceptance letter into Hogwarts, Quidditch uniforms from the different houses, Hermione’s dress for the Yule Ball, and many other recognizable items prevalent in the books and movies.
The exhibit also features recreations of the Great Hall, Hagrid’s Hut and the Gryffindor Common Room, as inspired by the actual film sets and allows visitors to toss a quaffle or try to pull a screeching Mandrake from its pot.
The exhibit has been in the Museum of Science since October and will remain through the holidays until February 21st. Visit the Museum of Science website to buy tickets online, separate from the general admission into the museum, or to look at event scheduling and other general information.
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