Harry Potter exhibition back for a second run in Germany

Jeffrey Hernaez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 12 2018 05:48 PM

Oliver and James Phelps, who played Weasley twins Fred and George in the film adaptation of the series, attended the launch of a Harry Potter exhibit in Germany. Jeffrey Hernaez, ABS-CBN News

BERLIN - Potterheads are in for a treat as they get another chance to visit the Harry Potter exhibit at Caligari Halle in Potsdam, Germany starting October 13. 

Here, fans can get the chance to experience the magic that the bestselling book and the blockbuster movie can offer. 

The story is something that has captivated the imagination of young and old, with author J.K. Rowling creating a whole new world that follows that adventures of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley along with their classmates at the mysterious Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. 

The exhibit will feature actual props and costumes that were used in the Harry Potter films. Here, they can get a feel of the settings from popular Harry Potter locations, including the Gryffindor common room and dormitory, Professor Snape's Potions classroom, Professor Sprout's Herbology room where they planted those terribly noisy Mandrakes, and the scary Forbidden Forest where magical creatures abound.

To add to the fun, there will be interactive areas, too. The exhibit's website said guests can enter the Quidditch area and toss a quaffle ball, pull their own Mandrake in the Herbology classroom vignette, and even tour a recreation of Hagrid's hut and sit in his giant-size armchair for photo opportunities.

The book series and subsequent Hollywood films have a universal appeal, with a simple story of good triumphing over evil against all odds. The story involving the conflicts and challenges of "the boy who lived" serves as an inspiring reminder that any obstacle can be overcome by a heart that is filled with good intentions. 

As popular as it is in Germany, where the exhibition was so successful it demanded a second run, it is also an event that will surely excite its numerous Filipino fans if ever it reaches Manila, where some bars are frequented because they serve their version of butterbeer and for whom the Harry Potter theme park attractions in Osaka, Japan and Orlando, Florida are must-sees. For German fans, the exhibit’s return is a not-to-be-missed event, where they can experience being part of a fantastical world where magic exists and anything is possible. 

The media launch held on October 11 was graced by the mischievous Weasley twins Fred and George, who were played by Oliver and James Phelps. 

The two reminisced about their filming days, calling a walkthrough of the exhibit as "a trip down memory lane." Oliver also pointed out that some of the guests coming into the exhibit were too young to watch the film when it came out, "so it's a new generation of fanbase coming in," he said. "I think it is a testament to the craftsmanship of the filmmakers in general."

Robin Stapely, Vice President for Design and Creative of GES, said developing the exhibit was a two-year process. Citing their collaboration with Warner Bros. and the filmmakers, he promised fans "a lot of special details" in the exhibition. 

For more information about the exhibit, visit the official website www.harrypotterexhibition.de 

This article was written as part of the Goethe-Institut’s Close Up Journalist’ exchange programme. More information can be found at www.goethe.de/nahaufnahme and at #goethecloseup.