My friend and I went on an road trip adventure on Saturday. We left early in the morning and drove 3 hours to Edmonton. We met another friend there and ventured to the Science Centre. They have been hosting a special Harry Potter Exhibition for the past few months and we knew we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see it.
There was no photography allowed inside the exhibition for copyright reasons. I can understand that, but it’s too bad we couldn’t get our picture taken with some of the artifacts. They did provide a “green screen” and for $25, we could have one photo of us with a choice of various backgrounds. It was just a little too steep for our pockets. We made memories and that’s enough. Plus, we managed to snap a photo in front of a poster before we entered the exhibit.
The exhibit was, to quote Ronald Weasley, wicked! There were so many costumes and props that were used in the movies. They had everything organized for each character and by scene in the movie. When we were walking through the forbidden forest and into the death eater’s space, it was actually quite scary. The ambience was fantastic and they even had a dementor hovering over the room. Spooky and awesome at the same time. I didn’t care for the giant acromantula, however! Giant spiders are no fun at all.
The only unbelievable part of the exhibit was Hagrid’s clothing. I know he was supposed to be a half giant and larger than a normal man, but I really don’t think Robbie Coltrane is that large. The proportions of his costume were enormous. The sign stated that it was the actual costume worn in the movies, but I have to say it was quite dubious. Who knows though. I suppose that is why they call it movie magic!
There were a few interactive parts of the exhibit as well. In a small tiny way, we were able to play quidditch. We could hold the quaffle and throw it through one of the three hoops! We also got to pull up mandrakes from their pots and hear their wailing as a result. We didn’t bring our ear muffs, but luckily we weren’t deafened!
As expected, there was a gift shoppe at the end of the exhibit. We thought we might buy a little souvenir to remember the exhibit, but then we saw the prices. They were out of this world. People were leaving with bags and bags of gifts. It was nuts, in my opinion. For example, a stuffed puppet of Hedwig the owl was $60! Replicas of Hermione’s Yule Ball earrings were $90 and a time turner necklace was over $75. I don’t remember the prices at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to be that bad. Well obviously they weren’t because I bought a tonne of stuff there. Anyway, I would definitely rather spend my money on Broadway tickets!!
After the exhibit we headed over to West Edmonton Mall to do a little shopping. I wasn’t planning on buying anything, but I did find a great sweater that I couldn’t resist. This is the one I bought and I am absolutely in love with it. It is so comfy and the material feels awesome! It’s my first blue sweater! I also remembered that I have matching earrings that my friend gave me for my birthday last year. They are like two peas in a pod! Batman has nothing on me now!
It was eventually time to drive home and so we made the 3 hour trek back to Calgary. It was a wonderful day. Long and exhausting, but amazing! I look forward to another road trip in the future with my girlfriends!
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