James and Oliver Phelps launch ‘Harry Potter: The Exhibition’ in Sydney

Last night, James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley in the Harry Potter films) attended the gala launch of Harry Potter: The Exhibition in Sydney.

Andy McCray meets James and Oliver Phelps at the Harry Potter exhibition launch in Sydney.
James and Oliver Phelps launch Harry Potter: The Exhibition in Sydney, Australia.

I had the pleasure of attending the event, as well as a media preview earlier in the day, which was hosted at Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum. James and Oliver, along with creative wizards Eddie Newquist and Robin Stapley, shared a number of interesting facts about the exhibition.

Notably, they spoke about the logistics of bringing such a large exhibition to Australia and some of the more recent props and costumes on show for the first time. Here are some of the most interesting facts about the Sydney edition of the ‘Potter’ exhibition:

  • It took 23 shipping containers and 40 days to bring Harry Potter: The Exhibition to Sydney.
  • At one point, James and Oliver had to have their wands shipped back to Leavesden Studios for Deathly Hallows filming.
  • There’s a mark on one of the Bludgers where it was dropped on set. There’s authentic James and Oliver Phelps graffiti carvings on the Gryffindor table in the Great Hall.
  • There are new props and costumes on show for the first time in Sydney, including the Hallows and Horcruxes (photos below).
  • Bellatrix’s costume is a new edition to the Sydney display (photo below).

Harry Potter: The Exhibition runs through until 18 March 2012 at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, Australia.

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