Harry Potter: The Exhibition

When it was announced somewhere in June last year that there would be a Harry Potter exhibition, I was so. Fraking. EXCITED! Like many others, Harry Potter has been my absolute favorite fandom since I started reading the books at the age of 10 and I watch the films on a yearly basis. So getting the opportunity to see the props that were used for the films was not one I was going to pass up on! After months and months of anticipation, last Saturday was finally the day that a few friends and I traveled to CineMec in Utrecht for a magical day… [queue Harry Potter theme song]

A Little Impression…

After a bit (lol) of queuing we started off our adventure with The Sorting Ceremony. Yours truly didn’t get sorted, because I was too much of a scaredy-cat to get on the chair in front of an audience c’: But the real Sorting Hat on Pottermore sorted me in Ravenclaw anyway, so let’s just pretend that I was a second year student watching the first years getting sorted!

Three Sortings and a short introduction later, we walked into a dark room with screens placed on the wall in a way that made it look like we were on the Hogwarts Express. After a short screening, we left the room and walked onto the platform of Hogsmeade Station. It was unfortunately a bit too dark to take good pictures, but take it from me that it was such a fun way to enter the exhibition! It felt as if we really had just stepped off the Hogwarts Express c:

There were different area’s that each had their own theme based on location, character or film.

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Apart from just ogling the displays, we also got to interact a bit. We repotted some Mandrakes and played some Quidditch! I found out I would actually make a pretty good Chaser, who knew!

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Spoiler alert: Hagrid is huge!

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Voldie’s robes…creepy, yet majestic af!

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As a foodie, some of my favorite displays were the ones of the Honeydukes candies and the Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes Skiving Snackboxes  (“Tested on Gryffindor volunteers“). Awesome inspiration for Naffy’s Fiction Kitchen! c:

Dobby! That sock hanging on the description board is hilarious c’:

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The exhibition ended with the merchandise shop. Although I wanted to buy EVERYTHING, I decided against it, because I found the prices a bit too high (especially for the quality of some of the items).

And that was my afternoon at the Harry Potter Expo! I hope this little impression inspired you to go there yourself if you haven’t been yet. There’s more pictures on my instagram if you would like to see more c: I had a lot of fun and if you’re a fan of the franchise, I would definitely recommend you to pay a visit!

You can visit Harry Potter: The Exhibition until the 30th of June 2017. So if you haven’t had the chance to go yet or would like to go again (YASSS!), there’s more then enough time to! You can buy tickets here. In the words of a famous cyborg: “I’ll be back”. Even if only to take more pictures, because I was so enchanted by everything that I forgot to take more XD My friends fortunately didn’t and were so kind to let me use some of their pictures (thanks, guys!).

 

Have you been to Harry Potter: The Exhibition yet? Let me know in the comments! c; comments
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