Harry Potter’s going on tour in 2009

Do you consider yourself one of J.K. Rowling’s biggest fans? Have you read every last Harry Potter book and seen all of the movies? Have you wondered what it would be like to see some of the fantastical objects and special effects from the movie up close and in person?

Boy, do I have news for you, and it’s just this—next year, you can check out Harry Potter: The Exhibition:

Becker Group, in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, today announced it will bring worldwide audiences “Harry Potter: The Exhibition,” a state-of-the-art exhibition highlighting artifacts from the Warner Bros. films based on J.K. Rowling’s beloved book series. The 10,000 square foot experience will premiere in Spring 2009 in a major market, and will appear in ten or more cities around the world throughout a five-year span.

“Harry Potter: The Exhibition” will include elaborate displays of authentic costumes, props and artifacts from popular environments featured in the films such as those from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, including the Gryffindor common room and Hagrid’s hut. During its run, the exhibit will also be updated to include artifacts from the final installments of the Harry Potter film series. The exhibition will be displayed in major cultural and entertainment venues, museums and institutions, and will be supported by a multimedia promotional effort and advance ticket sales worldwide.

You can read the entire release on the site, but this is pretty exciting news. What I’m looking forward to hearing about is how much security is required for each of these venues; Potter fans seem to me like a pretty rowdy bunch. There’s no telling who might take it into their heads to try to steal the invisibility cloak or the genuine sorting hat.

Why, I can picture touring such an event with my children, even now. “Don’t touch!” I’ll lovingly hiss, three or four hundred times….

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