Harry Potter: The Exhibition hits Sydney
Although the final book was published more than four years ago and the last film hit DVD this week, the Harry Potter franchise continues to work its magic, with an exhibition that showcases hundreds of film artefacts opening at the Powerhouse Museum.
Sydney is the first destination outside North America to host the exhibition, outbidding numerous cities worldwide, including Melbourne.
At the exhibition launch, which was attended by actors James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley), it was announced that more than a million dollars worth of tickets have already been sold, with the exhibition expected to inject more than $20 million into the New South Wales economy.
Based on the bestselling books by JK Rowling, Harry Potter is one of the most successful film franchises of all time. The most recent movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is the highest grossing film so far in 2011, and the third highest grossing film of all time.
Harry Potter: The Exhibition showcases hundreds of props and costumes from the eight films, including everything from wands and robes, to magic textbooks and wailing mandrakes.
On display for the first time as part of the Sydney exhibition are both the Deathly Hallows (the Elder Wand, the Resurrection Stone and the Invisibility Cloak) and Voldemort's horcruxes.
The exhibition opens on November 19 and will run through to March 18, 2012.
For a sneak peek at the collection, see below:
James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley) sweep inside Hagrid's hut
A cornish pixie from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Costumes from the Yule Ball in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Costumes, props and creatures from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Kreacher the house elf, first seen in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix