Harry Potter exhibition comes to Edmonton's TELUS World of Science
James and Oliver Phelps—famous for their roles as the Weasley twins in the Harry Potter films—attended the event. News of their appearance generated so much interest that Mike Steger, vice president of marketing and communications at the TELUS World of Science Edmonton, says the staff had to accommodate larger crowds.
"The event was already sold out," Steger says, "but then we announced the twin actors were appearing and had to release a few hundred more tickets."
The exhibition is in the midst of a five-year global tour, having made previous stops in cities such as New York, Sydney and most recently Singapore. The exhibit made its last Canadian stop in Toronto in 2010, but fans are sure to see something different this time around.
"Some of the films were still being shot in 2010," Steger says. "From what I understand, there will be props from the final films that will be on display for fans in Canada for the first time."
The large exhibit arrived a week before the Nov. 22 unveiling, giving staff and crew little time to unpack the sets and props that filled 24 semi-trucks.
"Everyone is really excited, and we've already pre-sold more tickets than we sold during the duration of last year's Star Wars exhibit," Steger says.
Harry Potter: The Exhibition is on display from Nov. 22 to March 9, and tickets are available for upcoming week and weekend showings online.
Written and photographed by Veronica Pocza
Pubished on Nov. 26
Harry Potter film actors James and Oliver Phelps visit the TELUS World of Science Centre in Edmonton to open Harry Potter: The Exhibit.
Second-generation fans showed their enthusiasm for the series in Harry Potter robes.
Many fans dressed up for the event. From left: Casie Lattion dressed as Professor Trelawney, Michelle Weinhandl as Nymphadora Tonks, and Suzanne Sapinsky dressed in a Dolores Umbridge outfit.
Props of all kinds are available for a close look. Seen here is Professor Dumbledore's phoenix, Fawkes.
Fans are able to inspect the detail put into each prop on the Harry Potter film sets, with everything from wands to newspapers on display.
Actual sets have been reconstructed for the exhibition, like fan favourite Hagrid's hut.
Seen here is the full-size Hippogriff—a magical creature first introduced in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban—that was used for filming.
This is a selection of props used for scenes in Professor Slughorn's potions class in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
Left: Wardrobes from the films are on display, including a section dedicated to the evolution of the Quidditch uniform. Right: Oliver (left) and James Phelps (right) toured the exhibition's set up at the TELUS World of Science Centre, revisiting some of their favourite wardrobes and props from their days of filming.