Harry Potter: The Exhibition is a travelling exhibition based on the Harry Potter series of books and films, which features props, costumes, and other artefacts. The first iteration of the exhibition ran from April 2009 to March 2020. A second iteration of the exhibition is scheduled to premiere in early 2022.

First iteration (2009-2020)

Items relating to Gilderoy Lockhart on display while the exhibition's first iteration was in Paris.


Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (the studio which produced the film series), created the exhibition in partnership with Exhibitgroup/Giltspur[1] (which later merged with GES Exposition Services).[2][3]


The exhibition originally opened in April 2009 at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Illinois, United States.[1] Following its premiere, the exhibition was shown at various localities around the world. The final exhibition of this iteration was at the Pavilhão de Portugal, in Lisbon, Portugal, which ended in March 2020 (earlier than scheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic).[4]


The exhibition featured props, costumes, and other artefacts from the creation of the Harry Potter film series.[5] Among the items displayed were Harry Potter's wand and eyeglasses. Also featured were film sets, such the Great Hall and Gryffindor Common Room from the fictional school Hogwarts, which is a major setting in the series.[1][6] Beginning in 2016, some artefacts from the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film series were also included.[7]

Second iteration (2022)


As of 2021, Warner Bros., in partnership with Imagine Exhibitions and EMC Presents, are creating a new iteration of the exhibition. This new version will still highlight the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts series of books and films, and will also feature stories from the expanded Wizarding World, including Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Visitors will be able to see authentic props and original costumes from the films and have the opportunity to engage with the exhibits.[8][9]


The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will host the world premiere of the exhibition in early 2022, which is slated to tour globally afterwards.[9] It is set to open in December 2023 in Macao.[10]


  1. ^ a b c "Harry Potter: the Exhibition Opens at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry on April 30, 2009" (Press release). Time Warner. 29 April 2009. Archived from the original on 28 May 2018. Retrieved 28 May 2018.((cite press release)): CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  2. ^ "GES Acquisitions Timeline". GES Genealogy. 17 March 2017. Retrieved 27 May 2018. Feb 2010 Merged Exhibitgroup/Giltspur (EG), Becker Group and GES Exposition Services
  3. ^ Hosford, Christopher (14 July 2009). "Event Marketing Companies Exhibitgroup/Giltspur and GES Combine". Ad Age. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Harry Potter: The Exhibition – Lisbon, Portugal". MuggleNet. 14 August 2021. Retrieved 15 August 2021. The Exhibition's 21st worldwide stop landed in Lisbon, Portugal. It remained open at the Pavilion of Portugal from November 16, 2019, to March 15, 2020, earlier than its scheduled closing date of April 8 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  5. ^ Hubbard, Garrett (29 April 2009). "Chicago exhibit welcomes Potter fans to Hogwarts". USA Today. Archived from the original on 1 May 2009. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  6. ^ McCarthy, Erin (21 April 2011). "Harry Potter Exhibition: Behind-the-Scenes Q&A". Popular Mechanics. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Harry Potter: The Exhibition will remain in Brussels for the holidays" (Press release). 27 October 2016. Archived from the original on 17 August 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Fans Of The Wizarding World Rejoice! An All-New Harry Potter: The Exhibition Is Coming In 2022" (Press release). Imagine Exhibitions, Inc. Cision PR Newswire. 11 February 2021. Retrieved 15 August 2021.
  9. ^ a b "Harry Potter: The Exhibition to launch in Philadelphia in 2022". wizardingworld.com. Wizarding World Digital. 1 July 2021. Retrieved 15 August 2021.
  10. ^ Hurley, Grace (2023-05-27). ""Harry Potter: The Exhibition" Is Heading to Macao". MuggleNet. Retrieved 2023-06-04.