EXHIBITION NEWS

Harry Potter™: The Exhibition opens in Berlin this Saturday

Oct 21, 2018

Harry Potter film actors James and Oliver Phelps celebrate the exhibition’s return to Germany. Tickets on Sale Now at www.harrypotterexhibition.de

October 10, 2018 – Potsdam, Germany:  This Saturday, 13 October 2018, the four-year wait is over for Harry Potter fans in Germany when Harry Potter: The Exhibition returns to the country, this time at the Caligari Hall at Filmpark Babelsberg in Potsdam. Actors James and Oliver Phelps, who played Fred and George Weasley in the Harry Potter film series, will bring their magical wit and charm to the Berlin/ Brandenburg region to celebrate the grand opening. Fans hoping to get a chance to see James and Oliver Phelps are welcome to come out to Caligari Hall at Filmpark Babelsberg at 9:00am on Saturday.

Fans will also enjoy a little extra magic in Potsdam with a new vignette from the Wizarding World featuring props and costumes from Warner Bros. Pictures’ highly anticipated new big-screen adventure Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, in theatres November 16.  Costumes on display will include those worn by returning favourites Newt Scamander, Jacob Kowalski, Tina and Queenie Goldstein, and Credence Barebone as well as Albus Dumbledore decades before becoming Headmaster of Hogwarts, and the powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald.

The exhibition is also partnering with the award-winning play Harry Potter und das verwunschene Kind which will debut in Hamburg in spring 2020. Visitors to the exhibition will enjoy a display of three costumes from the original London stage production, before the production celebrates its German-language premiere at the Mehr! Theater am Großmarkt. All visitors to Harry Potter: The Exhibition in Potsdam will have a chance to enter to win a pair of tickets to see the play when it debuts in Germany.

In partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, GES Events created the 1,600‐square‐meter traveling exhibition, where visitors are able to enjoy dramatic displays inspired by the Hogwarts™ film sets and see the amazing craftsmanship behind authentic costumes, props and creatures from the films. AWC AG is partnering with GES Events to present the exhibition in Potsdam. Tickets are on sale now at www.harrypotterexhibition.de

The Caligari Hall at Filmpark Babelsberg in Potsdam will be the next stop on the European tour of Harry Potter: The Exhibition, following Milan at Fabbrica del Vapore. Since its highly successful premiere at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago in 2009, it has been presented in a variety of major cultural and entertainment institutions and museums in cities around the world including Boston, Toronto, Seattle, New York, Sydney, Singapore, Tokyo, Cologne, Paris, Shanghai, Brussels, Madrid and Milan, welcoming more than 5 million visitors.

From the moment guests enter Harry Potter: The Exhibition they are immediately drawn into the world of Harry Potter. Guests are greeted by an exhibit host who sorts several lucky fans into their beloved Hogwarts houses, then leads them inside the exhibition where a magical journey through their favourite scenes from the Harry Potter films begins. The exhibition features settings from the most popular locations in the cinematic Wizarding World—including the Gryffindor common room and dormitory; classrooms like Potions and Herbology; and the Forbidden Forest—which are filled with thousands of authentic props, costumes, and creatures used in the filming of the iconic film series. In addition to the beautiful environments and displays, the experience includes a fun selection of interactive elements.

Guests can enter the Quidditch area and toss a Quaffle ball, pull their own Mandrake in the Herbology classroom vignette, and even tour a re-creation of Hagrid’s hut and sit in his giant-sized armchair.

Harry Potter: The Exhibition will be shown for a limited time in Caligari Hall at Filmpark Babelsberg in Potsdam, starting 13 October 2018.

Exhibition Opening Hours:

  • Daily from 10am to 6pm, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays until 7pm
  • Special opening hours and further information is available at www.harrypotterexhibition.de
  • Exhibition requires a time entry ticket

Entrance Caligari Hall:

  • Marlene-Dietrich-Allee 9 – via Emil-Jannings-Str./G.-W.Pabst Str. – D-14482 Potsdam

Tickets:

  • Adults (from 16 years):  19,95€ (Mo. – Fr.) and 23,95€ on weekends (Sa. – So.)
  • Child: 4 – 15 years: 14,50€ (Mo. – Fr.) and 19,50€ on weekends (Sa. – So.)
    Adolescents up to the age of 16 are admitted to the exhibition only when accompanied by an adult, children up to the age of 3 receive free admission.
  • Family (2 Adults, 2 Kids): 49,95€ (Mo. – Fr.) and 69,95€ on weekends (Sa. – So.)
    Special rates for groups of 15 persons or more: hpe-gruppen@deag.de
  • Timed-entry tickets are required, and the last entry will be 60 minutes before closing of the exhibition.

Tickets to the exhibition are on sale now at www.harrypotterexhibition.de or at Ticket-Hotline:  01806 – 999 000 220* (Note on telephone charges: 0,20€ landline; max.0,60€ mobile line). A separate ticket for admission to the Filmpark is not needed.

Audio tours are available, limited to a daily allotment. Advance purchase is strongly recommended.

Opening Hours Local Box Office: 

Daily from 10am to 5pm, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays until 6pm
Special opening hours and further information at www.harrypotterexhibition.de
Last entry to the exhibition on closing of local box office.

ABOUT HARRY POTTER

Since 1997, the world has been captivated by the magic of the Harry Potter stories from J.K. Rowling. When Harry Potter learns on his eleventh birthday that he is, in fact, a wizard – he is quickly swept up into the spellbinding world of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry alongside new best friends, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. As the three friends get to grips with Levitation Charms and the rules of Quidditch, one of the darkest wizards of all time, Lord Voldemort, returns to threaten the very future of the wizarding world. The trio must summon all the courage they can for their extraordinary journey from finding the Philosopher’s Stone, battling Basilisks, to turning back time and the terrifying trials of the Triwizard Tournament. The discovery of a devastating prophecy and a perilous hunt for Horcruxes lead them to face the Dark Lord himself when Harry and his friends must fight to save Hogwarts and the entire wizarding world.

About the Wizarding World

More than two decades ago, a young Harry Potter was whisked onto Platform 9¾ at King’s Cross Station, and readers everywhere were swept along with him into a magical universe, created by J.K. Rowling.  In the years since, the seven Harry Potter bestsellers have inspired eight blockbuster movies, an award-winning stage play, and, more recently, the successful start of the Fantastic Beasts five-film franchise.  People of all ages have been enthralled by these extraordinary adventures, set within an ever-widening shared universe, inspired by the vision of J.K. Rowling.

For today’s growing worldwide fan community, and for generations to come, the Wizarding World brand welcomes everyone to explore more of this magical universe—past, present and future. The Wizarding World brand also provides fans with an instant, trusted kite-mark of quality and authenticity. 

About Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is the second of five all new adventures in the Wizarding World™ created by J.K. Rowling. At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander. But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings. In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.

The ensemble cast is led by Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie, Carmen Ejogo, Poppy Corby-Tuech, with Jude Law and Johnny Depp.

“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is directed by David Yates, from a screenplay by J.K. Rowling. The film is produced by David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram. Tim Lewis, Neil Blair, Rick Senat and Danny Cohen serve as executive producers. Opening on November 16, 2018, the film will be distributed worldwide in 2D and 3D in select theatres and IMAX by Warner Bros. Pictures.  

About Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage.  The critically acclaimed production received its world premiere in July 2016 at the Palace Theatre in London where it is currently booking to 28 July 2019.   It is also now playing at the Lyric Theatre on Broadway, with an Australian production beginning performances at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre on 16 January 2019.  A further North American production will open at San Francisco’s Curran in Autumn 2019 and, in spring 2020, a German language version of the play – marking its first non-English language production – will open at the Mehr! Theater am Großmarkt in Hamburg, Germany.

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play by Jack Thorne, directed by John Tiffany with movement by Steven Hoggett, set by Christine Jones, costumes by Katrina Lindsay, music & arrangements by Imogen Heap, lighting by Neil Austin, sound by Gareth Fry, illusions & magic by Jamie Harrison, music supervision & arrangements by Martin Lowe.   The production is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions. For more information, visit www.HarryPotterthePlay.com.  

About AWC AG

Prior to founding AWC Consulting, a project development company specialized in visitor attractions, in 1989, Managing Director Andreas Waschk worked in the music business as a promoter for international artists such as the Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson and Luciano Pavarotti. The company was renamed AWC AG in 2006 and subsequently participated in various successful projects. These include the founding and management of the original Titanic exhibition in Hamburg, the bedrock of blockbuster exhibitions as well as the development of Germany’s largest and most famous children’s museum – the Explorado in Duisburg and one of the most successful German science centers – the ODYSSEUM in Cologne.

With almost 30 years of industry knowledge and a steadily growing network of international contacts, AWC AG was the founder and is the engine of EXPLORADO GROUP, which offers comprehensive services for visitor attractions and family entertainment in the 360 ° model. One focus is on international blockbuster exhibitions, such as the presentation of Harry Potter™: The Exhibition (2014 in Cologne and 2015 in Paris) and STAR WARS™ Identities (2015 in Cologne), as well as the development of its own exhibition concepts such as The Strong Four (2016 in Cologne) and, in cooperation with 20th Century Fox, the Exhibition ICE AGE™: A Mammoth Journey (2017 in Cologne). Further information at www.awc-ag.de and www.explorado-group.com 

About Filmpark Babelsberg

Potsdam-Babelsberg, in the south-eastern part of the city, was already a major film production studio before the 1930s and is still successful and well-known as being one of the major centers of European film production since the fall of the Berlin Wall. The Film Studio Babelsberg is the oldest large-scale film studio in the world with 320,000 visitors per year. The tradition as a media center goes back to the past and until today internationally renowned films were produced in the Film Studios Babelsberg. Films like e.g. The Blue Angel, The Pianist, Around the World in Eighty Days and Inglourious Basterds were made here, but also one of Germany’s most popular daily pre-prime time serials “Gute Zeiten, Schlechte Zeiten” has its production base in Potsdam-Babelsberg.  

About GES Events

GES Events is part of GES, a Viad Corp (NYSE: VVI) company, and a global, full-service provider for live events, producing corporate events, exhibitions, conferences, congresses, exhibits and entertainment experiences. GES provides a wide range of services, including official show services, audio visual, cutting-edge creative and design, marketing and measurement services, and event registration services – all with an unrivaled global reach. GES partners with leading shows and brands, including Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Spring Fair Birmingham, MAGIC, and CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE. GES’ National Servicenter® has been recognized with certification under the J.D. Power Certified Contact Center Program℠ for the past ten years, and for the ninth year in a row Ad Age has named GES as one of the Nation’s Largest Experiential/Event Marketing Agency Networks.  For more information visit www.ges.com.

About Warner Bros. Consumer Products

Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP), a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, extends the Studio’s powerful portfolio of entertainment brands and franchises into the lives of fans around the world. WBCP partners with best-in-class licensees globally on an award-winning range of toys, fashion, home décor, and publishing inspired by franchises and properties such as DC, J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera. The division’s successful global themed entertainment business includes groundbreaking experiences such as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi. With innovative global licensing and merchandising programs, retail initiatives, promotional partnerships and themed experiences, WBCP is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

Contacts:

AWC AG
Svenja Behrens
Senior Manager Project & Events
+49 (172) 940 45 52
s.behrens@awc-ag.de

Regional press
Julia Jonas
+49 030 / 688 375-400
redcarpet pr
Julia.jonas@redcarpet-pr.de

Warner Bros. Consumer Products
Stephanie Clark
Director, Worldwide Public Relations
+1 (818) 954-7308
stephanie.clark@warnerbros.com

GES
Lea Antonio
Director, Marketing
+1 (818) 638-5949
lantonio@ges.comc

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