Creating some Harry Potter magic
It’s not the same as going to Hogwarts, but the traveling Harry Potter exhibition that pulls into the Museum of Science next month might offer budding filmmakers some insight into moviemaking magic. The show includes more than 200 artifacts from the films, including Ralph Fiennes’s green Voldemort robes and Percy Weasley’s tailored shoes, displayed in rooms inspired by the sets, from Great Hall to Hagrid’s hut and the Gryffindor Common Room. Kids can get their hands on some baby mandrakes, gawk at some bubbling caldrons, and fly away with some appreciation for the arts of costume design and set decoration.
Is it science? Yes, says Paul Fontaine, the museum’s vice president of programs. “It tells the story of how to create a real world, a tangible world, out of a fantasy story,’’ he says. “And the foundation of that is imagination and creativity and innovation and all of the people that it takes to do that.’’
Not lost on museum leaders, of course, is the promise of significant traffic. The exhibition is currently at Chicago’s Museum of Science & Industry, where it’s drawing both return and new visitors. “Our mission is to introduce science and technology to the broadest possible audience,’’ Fontaine says, “and Harry Potter, I know, will bring people to the museum who haven’t visited either at all or in decades.’’