Sneak peek: "Harry Potter: The Exhibition"

This immersive exhibit will make you feel like you're at Hogwarts.

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  • Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

    "Harry Potter: The Exhibition" at Discovery Times Square

  • Photograph: J.B. Spector

    "Harry Potter: The Exhibition" at Discovery Times Square

  • Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

    "Harry Potter: The Exhibition" at Discovery Times Square

  • Photograph: J.B. Spector

    "Harry Potter: The Exhibition" at Discovery Times Square

  • Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

    "Harry Potter: The Exhibition" at Discovery Times Square

  • Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

    "Harry Potter: The Exhibition" at Discovery Times Square

  • Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

    "Harry Potter: The Exhibition" at Discovery Times Square

  • Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

    "Harry Potter: The Exhibition" at Discovery Times Square

  • Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

    "Harry Potter: The Exhibition" at Discovery Times Square

  • Photograph: J.B. Spector

    "Harry Potter: The Exhibition" at Discovery Times Square

  • Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

    "Harry Potter: The Exhibition" at Discovery Times Square

  • Photograph: J.B. Spector

    "Harry Potter: The Exhibition" at Discovery Times Square

  • Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

    "Harry Potter: The Exhibition" at Discovery Times Square

  • Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

    "Harry Potter: The Exhibition" at Discovery Times Square

Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

"Harry Potter: The Exhibition" at Discovery Times Square

Devoted Harry Potter fans who are feeling blue about the film series' end—the final movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, will be released on July 15—now have some cause for celebration. On April 1, "," will open at Discovery Times Square (226 W 44th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves; 866-987-9692, discoverytsx.com; daily 10am--8pm; $19.50--$25; Apr 1--Sept 5), after debuting at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry in 2009 and traveling to Boston, Toronto and Seattle. Unlike the Orlando attraction the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which re-creates elements from the Potterverse, this massive show features more than 200 props that were used in all seven films in the series. (The Sword of Gryffindor and Helga Hufflepuff's Cup, both of which figure prominently in Deathly Hallows, are recent additions—the items were incorporated once production on the final films ended.)

Settings from the series inform the exhibit's layout: Among the re-created sets are the Gryffindor common room (where the mischief-aiding Marauder's Map is on display) and a Quidditch scene where you can throw a Quaffle around. "We wanted people to feel like they were stepping into Hogwarts," says Eddie Newquist, the chief creative officer for Global Experience Specialists, which created the exhibit. Though much of the thrill is in simply being surrounded by these props, visitors can now get a closer look at the items—including a model of Buckbeak the hippogriff, or the Time-Turner that Hermione used in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban—and see the design behind each one. "So many things in the films pass by so quickly," explains Newquist. "But when you look at [a prop] for
more than 30 seconds, you realize the amount of detail and craftsmanship [required]." Does Newquist think Potter himself—Daniel Radcliffe, who's currently performing in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying on Broadway—may be tempted to stop by? "I'll leave that up to him," he demurs. "But all of the cast and crew have been huge supporters, because they've lived this."

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