Today New York got a sneak peak at Harry Potter: The Exhibition. The show at Discovery Times Center in Times Square fans gazed at the original props and costumes from the film adaptations of J.K. Rowling’s books.
The 14,000 square foot exhibit took nearly a month to craft. It is a collaboration between Las Vegas-based Global Experience Specialists and Warner Brothers, which produced the films. Creative director Robin Stapley says there are some major logistics involved.
“It takes 21 big rigs and as you can see there’s quite a bit of scenery and props and artifacts,” Stapley said Friday.
“So it takes 21 trucks and it generally takes about 3 or 4 weeks to set this up. We move into the venue. Obviously when we come in here its an empty facility, bring in the walls paint them black and then start setting up the scenery.”
The Exhibit has already drawn crowds in Seattle, Chicago, Toronto and Boston.
Fans will pay twenty-five muggle dollars to get inside.
The grand opening of the Harry Potter exhibit will be held Monday and organizers expect to draw 14 original cast members including Daniel Radcliffe, who is appearing just a few blocks away in a revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
Reporting by Juliana Schatz.