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  • sanju_222323
    New Jersey15,788 contributions
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    It was our anniversary day out and we decided to hang out here. Harry Potter: The Exhibition is a self-guided walking exhibit. It celebrates all things Harry Potter, bringing to life iconic moments, locations, characters, and creatures from the Harry Potter movies. It also includes the Fantastic Beasts movies and the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
    Unlike previous exhibits, where visitors walk from room to room looking at displays of props and costumes set in static galleries, this exhibition showcases favorite moments from the movies all around you. Instead of something you just look at, it’s something you see, learn about, play with, sit down in and even smell.

    There are 3 Harry Potter: The Exhibition Locations Worldwide: New York, Barcelona, Macao and 4th one coming to Munich

    The Exhibition brings together an incredible collection of authentic movie props, costumes worn by the actors, and recreations of iconic scenes and settings to create a fully interactive journey for fans to explore.

    There’re so many things to explore at The Exhibition including Instagram-worthy photo and video opportunities, there are numerous scenes set up for you to enjoy being photographed in, from Hagrid’s Hut and his giant chair to Professor Umbridge’s all-pink, cat-encrusted office.

    Harry Potter: The Exhibition is broken up into different rooms showcasing behind-the-scenes filmmaking details, props, sets, costumes, and interactive experiences from the Wizarding World.

    Many props in exhibition are used in movies so its original pieces.

    Before starting the exhibition, you're given a Golden Snitch wristband. You'll register it with your name, email, and photo. You'll select your Hogwarts House, Patronus, and wand. make sure you register correctly as everything will be linked to it and later on you will also receive the email showing the highlights.

    Completing the interactive activities earn points for your selected house all while unlocking exclusive experiences. As you move through the exhibition, your information will follow you and you can earn points for your Hogwarts house!

    Exhibition Highlights:

    Screen Gallery has a first edition copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone encased in a Gringotts vault. Next to it is a trolley that was used in the 7th Harry Potter movie.

    Marauder’s Map Hall: Exhibition starts in a holding room with the Marauder’s Map from wall to wall. here scan your band with scanner and your name will pop on the map, quite exciting.

    Shortly afterward, a video & projection presentation starts, switching the screens to show iconic scenes like Hogwarts Castle, Hogsmeade Station, Privet Drive, etc.

    Moving Portraits: This room has several moving portraits, just like in the Harry Potter movies.

    Hogwarts House Rooms: After you pass The Fat Lady, you'll enter a circular room with four doorways. Behind stunning stained-glass windows for each House are costumes and props, such as the sword of Godric Gryffindor.

    Mind it: You can only do one interactive round from here.

    Wand Room: In this room, you get to practice your spells. Each correct spell earns you 10 points towards your house.

    The Great Hall: This room is a smaller, digital version of the Great Hall at the Warner Bros Studio Tour in London.

    Potions: In Potions, you can select 1 to brew. Putting together ingredients correctly on this screen wins you house points.

    Divination: During Divination, you'll tap your wristband to predict your future in the crystal ball.

    Herbology: Get ready to pot a mandrake in the Herbology Class!

    Defense Against the Dark Arts: Try the Ridikkulus spell to defeat a boggart in Defense Against the Dark Arts.

    The Grounds: Head into the Forbidden Forest to explore Hagrid’s Hut!

    Quidditch: After hanging out in Hagrid’s Hut, there's a cool interactive Quidditch room! Although you don’t earn any points for your house playing Quidditch, it's really fun hearing the crowd's applause when you throw a quaffle through one of the rings.

    Fantastic Beasts: The Fantastic Beasts section highlights iconic New York scenes. You can take a photo inside Newt’s suitcase, and explore his magical creature shed.

    Many more rooms - Ministry of Magic, Harry’s cupboard under the stairs, Sirius Black’s Family Tree, Chamber of Secrets,

    Battle of Hogwarts: In this area, you can have a wand duel by recreating Harry and Voldemort/s battle at Hogwarts! There are two wands on either side of the room, and when each wand is held, wall projections create streams of power meeting in the middle. It’s really fun to watch, and makes for a SICK photo/video!

    Pensieve Theater: The Pensieve Theater at the end of the exhibition stores Harry’s memories, which coincide with some of the most iconic scenes from the blockbuster films

    it ends with a gift shop. You can buy exclusive Exhibition apparel and souvenirs, bottled Butterbeer, replicas, and more.

    Note— You’re able to visit the Gift Shop without purchasing a Harry Potter NYC exhibition ticket!

    Final 2 cents: don't compare with an amusement park, this is just an exhibition, I paid $23 PP. The entire experience is 1.5 hours long and worth every penny.
    Written 22 May 2024
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  • SteveOS
    New York City, NY79 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Show is great as always, but at box office, our “digital” promotions from LIRR were not acceptable and printed copy was needed beware!
    Written 2 May 2019
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Ian S
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent (free) experience! Beautiful way to spend our last evening in NYC. Very friendly staff and clean washrooms too. Be sure to book as the tickets are all taken weeks in advance.
    Written 7 May 2024
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  • djaungst66
    Philadelphia, PA588 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    While the exhibit was a good oversight of the tragic sinking of the Titanic, the exhibit lacked authenticity as majority of artifacts were from other ships within the White Star Line. Having seen "The Titanic Artifact Exhibit – Showcasing more than 300 Legendary Artifacts" at the Franklin Institute (Philadelphia) in 2012, perhaps my expectations were too steep. Staff were kind and provided assistance when asked, but felt overall exhibit a little lackluster.
    Written 19 June 2023
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  • NatashaGR
    Long Island, NY418 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely something to do if you’re willing to spend the money. It’s just moving images of his paintings illuminated on a wall. There’s two large rooms that display about an hour of his work. I was a little disappointed. The gift shop display was just as big as the film rooms. You get free posters and they offer a cushion if you wish to sit on the floor-seating is very limited.
    Written 27 August 2021
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  • NYCYoungGran
    New York City, NY24 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Twice a year (usually in May and July), the sunset is exactly aligned with Manhattan’s street grid. This amazing sunset was coined, “Manhattanhedge” by the astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium (at the Museum of Natural History), Neil deGrasse Tyson. The best views are at the widest cross streets. (14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd and 59th Streets). However viewers can only safely stand in the street at 14th Street and Ave C (because 14th Street between Avenues C and D is blocked by Con Edison.) Thus, if weather is good (not cloudy or raining), viewers can photograph an amazing sunset from the furthest eastern point. (14th Street is the longest of all cross (east-west) Manhattan streets. Pay attention to the news to find out the exact time. Arrive early to get your viewing spot. Please don’t tell anyone a locale gave you this tip!
    Written 9 August 2019
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Dawn L
    New York City, NY20 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    I came with my boyfriend and his parents. We were really excited to come but weren’t really sure what to expect. To say the least, it was disappointing.

    Pros
    Short line to get in even though we arrived at 5:30pm. It was a bit crowded but it wasn’t too bad. The light displays and animations were very well put together. Clearly, they put a lot of time and effort into creating this. No complaints whatsoever. There were plenty of port a potties but only one working sink. Food vendors were all local. There were American food, Spanish (empanadas), bubble tea, donuts, t-swirl crepes, ceviche, Cambodian, baos, Italian, and a cocktail bar. Prices were also decent and didn’t have to fight anyone for a table (all standing).

    Cons
    Parking is difficult. It was also expensive to park in the lot, Trains weren’t any better. The 7 train is horrendous no matter what time of day it is. The ball pit was cute but wow was there a long line (kids only). There were two interactive displays. One was a seesaw and a set of swings but long line. The other one was riding cars that looked like dinosaurs. Kids were just riding around in the parking lot, no boundaries, right by the exit where people were leaving.

    I am giving this event 3 stars ultimately because it was a very poor representation of the Chinese culture. All the tents had little vendors with Chinese writing, Chinese ornaments, and that was really it. The only thing that was really cool was the candied strawberries. The entertainment was disgusting. Again, a grossly inaccurate representation of the Chinese culture and how we celebrate Chinese New Year. The music was uncensored (American racial slurs, profanity). Teenage girls scantly dressed and dancing way inappropriately for a family event. Don’t waste your money. There is a way to represent Asian culture without degrading oneself and the culture.
    Written 11 January 2020
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Elena P
    1 contribution
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is awful! The ice is terrible and the place does not look anything like the pictures. The only good thing is the view. Save ur money and go to Brookfield place, Bryan Park or wherever else. Not here. This is a ripoff.
    Written 24 December 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
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