Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Franklin Institute hosts first stop for Harry Potter: The Exhibition

Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment, in a previously disclosed partnership with Imagine Exhibitions and EMC Presents, have announced that “Harry Potter: The Exhibition,” the comprehensive touring exhibition ever presented about the Wizarding World, will kick off its spellbinding global tour at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, PA, in early 2022.

The Franklin Institute will play host to the world premiere of the exhibition, which is slated to tour globally to Latin America, the Asia-Pacific Region, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The exhibition’s opening and ticket on-sale dates will be announced in the coming months.

The brand new behind-the-scenes exhibition will celebrate the films and stories of “Harry Potter,” “Fantastic Beasts,” and the expanded Wizarding World, including “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” through beautifully crafted environments that honor the iconic moments, characters, settings and beasts as seen in the films and stories. Visitors will get an up-close look at authentic props and original costumes from the “Harry Potter” and “Fantastic Beasts” films and have the opportunity to engage with innovative, awe-inspiring and magical environments and installations. “Harry Potter: The Exhibition” introduces a unique comprehensive touring experience that will enchant both new and devoted Wizarding World fans.

“This exhibition will be unlike any other Wizarding World touring exhibition. The inclusion of technology, attention to detail and integration of magical touches created by our partners at Imagine Exhibitions is truly unique,” said Peter van Roden, Senior Vice President of Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment. “We are elated to be launching the world tour at the Franklin Institute and for fans to be able to have another way to experience the Wizarding World.”

“We are very excited to be launching the world tour of the all-new Harry Potter: The Exhibition in Philadelphia at The Franklin Institute in early 2022,” said Tom Zaller, CEO of Imagine Exhibitions. “The Franklin Institute is a trusted partner of ours, a national leader for world-renowned exhibitions, a great cultural driver for Philadelphia, and a perfect location for fans to experience our groundbreaking new exhibition.”

“The Wizarding World is a sweeping phenomenon that crosses generations and delivers astonishing global appeal,” said Larry Dubinski, President and CEO of The Franklin Institute. “We are thrilled that Harry Potter: The Exhibition will make its world tour debut in 2022 at The Franklin Institute, putting Philadelphia in the national spotlight, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors to the region and providing months of sustainable tourism revenue.”

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