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Harry Potter

Your Guide to Harry Potter: The Exhibition in Edmonton and Interview with Oliver and James Phelps

It’s finally here! Harry Potter: The Exhibition is showing in Edmonton at the Telus World of Science November 23, 2013 – April 6, 2014. Visit www.telusworldofscience.com for more information including tickets, hours, and location.

Where Edmonton got a sneak preview of the exhibit and a chance to talk with James and Oliver Phelps, who portray Fred and George Weasley in the Harry Potter films. Read on to find out what to expect from this magical attraction!

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Hot Date: A Harried, Humorous Harry Potter

FEBRUARY 11 TO MARCH 4 J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series runs seven books and thousands of pages long. The eight Warner Bros. films total almost 20 hours of viewing. For those who are tight on time, Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience condenses life at Hogwarts into 70 madcap minutes. Starring former Children’s BBC hosts Dan Clarkson and Jeff Turner, the production uses music, a bit of manic theatre magic and even a game of quidditch with the audience to skewer the book and movie phenomenon that swept the world over the past decade. Fun for the whole family, it’s sure to have even the most grim-faced Death Eaters in stitches. Panasonic Theatre, $29.75 to $99.75; call 416-872-1212 or click here for showtimes
and to purchase tickets.

Hot Date: Hocus Pocus

The coveted Triwizard Cup, as shown in the film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (© Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.)

OPENS APRIL 9 Not even Lord Voldemort could keep muggles away from Harry Potter: The Exhibition. Wizardry and witchcraft cast a spell during the show’s only Canadian stop at the Ontario Science Centre, where visitors can toss a quaffle on the Quidditch pitch, wander through Hagrid’s hut, help tend to the Mandrakes in the greenhouse, and even come face-to-face with Buckbeak the Hippogriff or a giant Acromantula spider. Delve into the magical world of Hogwarts in a setting inspired by the films, which are based on the seven books by J.K. Rowling. In all, more than 200 costumes and props are showcased, including items displayed in the Gryffindor common room, the Great Hall and, of course, Harry Potter’s signature glasses and wand. Harry Potter admission is $20 to $27.50 and includes general entry to the Ontario Science Centre; visit here or call 416-696-1000 for more information and to purchase tickets.  —Meaghan Lamb