One of the things that my daughter and I have been avidly looking forward to is the Harry Potter Exhibition at the Art Science Museum here in Singapore. When we arrived from the States two weeks back, we made sure that this was among our first order of business (apart from cleaning the house, of course).
We went on a Sunday, and contrary to expectations, it was not as fully packed as I thought it would be. A certain amount of tickets are being sold for every hour of entry, and you may want to check this website to know your preferred time and schedule. Tickets are 24 dollars per adult (20 dollars for those who are living in Singapore) and 14 dollars per child (13 dollars for residents). For Harry Potter aficionados, this is worth every penny.
As cameras are strictly not allowed inside the museum (otherwise we are put into detention with Dolores Umbridge, nosiree, I wouldn’t wish that!), I made sure that I bought the 30 dollar booklet that features the artifacts that could be found inside.
Here are a few things that you should look forward to in the exhibit:
Perhaps the appeal for me (aside from seeing the film adaptation of Harry Potter come alive through the artifacts) is the interactive quality of the exhibit. There was this section where we had to pull up the mandrake roots and they make this ugly screeching noise similar to the one that you may have heard from the film. It was cute.
When we came to this creepy section over here with the Angel of Death Sculpture, the Death-Eaters and the Dementors, I was reminded of how dark the actual novels could be as readers go into Books 5-7 – and it was fully captured in the way that the artifacts have been cleverly arranged to bring about that sense of disquiet.
My only frustration was that the grand scale of the Great Hall was not fully captured, primarily because of space constraints, I would assume. It left me wanting more… I am hoping that I’d have a chance to visit the actual place where they filmed Harry Potter with the castle, Hogwarts, oh wow, that would be an awesome experience. I really should visit London soon.