Harry Potter: The Exhibition is open in Atlanta, Georgia, and there’s no better outing for Harry Potter fans this fall!
I recently got to preview the installation. And having experienced no shortage of fan experiences over the years, I can confirm that this one is just as magical as fans are hoping it would be!
Atlanta marks the second stop for the Exhibition. The North American tour just kicked off this past February in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. And since its debut, it’s become an absolutely epic event for fans.
You not only get up-close looks at authentic props and original costumes from the franchise, but you also have the opportunity to engage with interactive environments that are on a whole different level than anything I’ve ever seen with a touring show before!
Upon arrival, you’ll sign in and customize an experience for yourself that gets stored in a bracelet that is provided. Then, you’ll scan the bracelet at a number of spots throughout the event for the opportunity to create a curated adventure for yourself.
After entering the event, you’ll weave through a maze of themed rooms offering the latest innovations in immersive design and technology. It celebrates the films and stories of Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts, and the expanding Wizarding World in a way you’ve only dreamed of!
Here are a few of the highlights! (Though, I’m only sharing a few, as we want to keep it surprising for you!)
From Page to Screen
This section showcases a first edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone encased in a Gringotts-inspired vault. You’ll be surrounded by inspirational video and literary quotes, reconnecting you to the Harry Potter universe as you’re introduced to the Exhibition.
This section features an immersive multimedia experience with iconic elements like the Whomping Willow, Dementors, and the Marauder’s Map, where you will see your name appear, prompting you to continue your exploration of the Exhibition.
The Hogwarts Classrooms are filled with iconic props, creatures, and costumes. You will interact with magical lessons and games through digital touchscreens to reveal behind-the-scenes secrets about iconic classroom moments.
You can brew potions in the Potions Classroom, predict the future in Divination, pot a Mandrake in the Herbology Greenhouse, and use your digital wand to defeat a boggart in Defense Against the Dark Arts.
Hagrid’s Hut and The Forbidden Forest
This section is genuinely charming. You will uncover iconic creatures, such as centaurs and Acromantula, hidden in the forest and explore inside a recreation of Hagrid’s Hut.
Try Your Luck at Quidditch
While I wasn’t personally the best at it, I loved that I had the opportunity to test out my skills at Quidditch! Granted – I wasn’t in the air throwing the Quaffle, but something tells me that wouldn’t make it any easier.
Harry Potter Cocktails
After completing the Exhibition, fans find themselves exiting through the ultimate gift shop. Fans can choose from a range of products such as apparel, jewelry, and edible treats, including Chocolate Frogs and bottled Butterbeer, as well as merchandise not available at any other Wizarding World experience.
And if that wasn’t cool enough, guests also have access to a café serving a full menu of breakfast bites, sandwiches, and other offerings, as well as non-alcoholic beverages, signature event cocktails, coffee, tea, and desserts. It’s absolutely delightful!
Take a look at my experience below!
Where Is Harry Potter: The Exhibition Heading Next?
In addition to Atlanta, the Exhibition will continue to tour globally. Fans can expect to see stops in Latin America, Asia, and Europe coming in the future. And fans in Vienna, Austria, should be on the look out for the Exhibition to arrive in December 2022!
How to Get Tickets
The Exhibition is now open in the heart of downtown Atlanta on Friday, October 21, at 200 Peachtree Street. And tickets are on sale!
Harry Potter: The Exhibition is open Sunday-Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., and Friday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25 for children (12 and under) and $29 for adults (13 and over), excluding taxes and fees.
Additional ticket offerings include the Flextime ticket starting at $59, good for any time or day, as well as a VIP ticket package good for any time on the date selected and including a commemorative lanyard, complimentary audio guide and a $10 voucher to be used in the retail store at the Exhibition.
Visit www.HarryPotterExhibition.com for more details!