After such a long wait, it’s finally here! Of course we had to come and see it on the very first day of the opening. You see, me and my 2 younger sisters are fanatic Potterheads. So this was something that we were not going to miss for the world!
And how convenient it was that it was going to open first in Asia here in Singapore where we are currently living! It wasn’t long after they announced that tickets were already available for booking that we immediately went on to buy them. And for a price tag of just SG$24 per ticket? I mean, I could’ve paid $100 (or more) for all I care. We booked the tickets almost a month ahead of the opening. From then on, we were just anxiously waiting and counting the days until the grand opening.
My 2 sisters and myself were going to go full on. So, we purchased some Gryffindor shirts for the event. Although my older brother is not a huge Harry Potter fan, we got to drag him along as well.
So the day finally came. And boy, was it jampacked! No surprise there. All of us were so restless to go in and just get lost in the world of Harry Potter all over again.
The first thing you get to experience in the exhibit is the ‘sorting hat’. Some lady is there to present the actual sorting hat. Of course no one was allowed to touch it. Three volunteers were asked to come to the stage and get “sorted” by the hat. And guess who is one of those 3 privileged Potterheads? Yours truly! It was just so cool! An experience any Potterhread shouldn’t miss!
After that we went on to traverse the world of Harry Potter. It was basically a mini version of Hogwarts. And I love every bits of it. We were all in total awe seeing all those artifacts from the movie sets. We all got to experience shooting some quaffles thru the hoops, pulling out some crying mandrakes and even sitting on Hagrid’s humungous chair!
If you want to know the details of the trip itself, and to save space in my blog too, please check the wiki-page.
For me, the highlight of the whole thing was really seeing the actual ‘glasses’ of Harry Potter. If there’s one thing in that exhibit that I wanted to steal given the chance, that would be it. It is just an iconic movie prop and really became, apart from the scar, the identity of Harry Potter whom in my fastastical imagination I associate myself with.
And then, there’s the sword of Godric Gryffindor. It was truly beautiful. And very shiny.
All of us get the urge to really grab those props and really feel them but of course, no one could risk it. But wouldn’t it be awesome to really get hold of them? I can only imagine.
At the end of the tour, there’s the Harry Potter merchandise shop (of course). Any Potterhead would go frantic in this store. They have it all. Scarves, broomsticks, shirts, stuffed owls, books, DVDs, wands, glasses, goblets, jackets, posters, bags, foods, even a Marauder’s map. You name it. It’s all there available for purchase. Of course, they came with a higher price than normal. In the end, I bought some Quidditch shirt, some chocolate frogs and Bertie Bott’s beans.
It is just unfortunate that it is not allowed to take pictures inside. But nevertheless, here are some pictures from pre- to post-event. Some props are actually outside the exhibit that you can freely take pictures of, like The Flying Ford Anglia.
Of course, these pictures don’t capture the actual experience itself. But these are all I have from all my Harry Potter experience over the last weekend.