As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, my sister and I saw Harry Potter the Exhibition at the Boston Museum of Science earlier this week. I am going to start this review with my overall impressions which will be spoiler free. After that, I’ll go into more detail about some aspects of the exhibit which you may prefer to be surprised by if you plan to see it. To my mind, it would not be a problem to know what’s coming from my descriptions, but you may feel differently so I will give you a warning before beginning that part.

Overall, I loved this experience. We had what I would consider an optimal viewing experience since the museum was almost deserted during our weekday visit, I can imagine that during busy times, such as school vacation weeks, it could be much more difficult to see everything. It is important going into this exhibit to understand what it is: it’s an exhibit of many costumes and some props used in making the films, they are displayed in small stage sets which do a great job of giving them context and creating an environment. It’s important to understand though, this exhibit is not about the making of the films. There is no look behind the scenes or education about the filmmaking process. The optional audio guide is primarily the voices of the artists who created the various costumes and props telling stories and talking about aspects of the process, while these clips were mostly very interesting, they were too short for my taste, I wanted more.

The creators of the exhibit done a terrific job of creating environments for the objects to live in that help you to feel the context, and I found this extremely effective. The objects and costumes themselves ranged from interesting to magnificent and extraordinary. We spent close to an hour and a half touring the exhibit at a very leisurely pace, looking at objects in detail and listening to each audio guide recording. Both of us enjoyed the experience very much. My basic recommendation is, if you have a chance to see this exhibit and it’s appealing to you, do it.

Spoilers begin here

in my post yesterday I talked about how important I think the opening of an exhibit is, at least to me. The opening of this Harry Potter exhibit was terrific. After our tickets were taken and we got our audio guides, we were instructed to wait in a queue line. (We were the only ones in the line.) Shortly, a British sounding gentleman in costume led us into a sort of courtyard area. At the front of it was a small stage, on the stage was a stool, and on the stool was an object which could only be the sorting hat. We were each called up to sit on the stool, the sorting hat was placed on our heads, and we were each sorted (both Gryffindors.)

Then the doors were opened to a building façade, and we were led into a dark room with about eight beautifully backlit posters for the films. We quickly discovered that these were not really posters, but rather large high-definition video screens mounted sideways. Shown on the screens is an excellent montage of moments from the films, clips interplay between screens driven by sound effects and the familiar and powerful musical score. I really enjoyed it. As the montage built to its climax, the whole right wall of the space rolled up like a giant window shade leaving us looking into a bright light, as were called forward into this newly revealed space we discovered that the bright light is the headlight of the Hogwarts Express locomotive. Another British gentleman quickly ushered us through that space and into the exhibit itself. Quite an opening.

The next thing we saw was a short hallway filled with portraits some of which were video screens containing animated ghosts — I thought that this was mildly interesting but because the video screens looked so different from the stationary portraits I did not experience any suspension of disbelief, or sensation that I was looking at anything other than a video screen.

From the air began the incredible array of tableaux of costumes and props in appropriate settings which I described above. About two thirds of the way through was a full size, walk-through set of Hagrid’s cottage. This served as a transition into the darker characters and the Forbidden Forest. Here in addition to costumes were full-size models of some of the creatures which were created primarily in computer graphics. All very cool.

Then we came around a corner into a small sort of anti-room with walls covered in notices in individual frames just like in the film, this was the entrance to the Great Hall. The Great Paul was not a full set, but rather a set of tableaux arranged to suggest the space (of course creating a full great Hall would’ve required more space than the entire exhibition probably used.) In this space were displayed the most lavish costumes, primarily from the Yule Ball scene.

At the exit of the Great Hall was another short hallway of the portraits some of which were video screens, the ghosts in the video screens were all applauding. I was somewhat disappointed to discover that this was the end of the exhibit. After the incredible themed opening experiences, I was expecting some sort of grand finale which never came. I’m sure the intention was that the Great Hall would fill that purpose, but it just didn’t work for me. I had actually been wondering in the back of my mind as I walked through the exhibit what the finale would be. I thought I had figured it out, nowhere in the exhibit was there a reference to Dumbledore’s office, and I thought that somehow we would find ourselves they are with something cool happening as a finale. Instead we got a gift shop. Now don’t get me wrong, it was a very nice gift shop, with lots of cool things, but it wasn’t the finale I was looking for.

Overall I would still give the exhibit a rating of eight on a scale of 1 to 10, which from someone who is as picky as I am is actually quite a complement, and better than I expected it to be.

Have you seen the exhibit? Would you like to? I’d love to hear it in the comments.

  • haje

    well, one thing is for sure, your quit a storyteller, i liked the way you reviewed/described this potter exhibit :P,
    Btw, i haven’t listened to anything yet, but …. i am looking for “thé binaural beat” that will help me reprogram myself and that will trigger some parts in our brain so activating our own merkaba would be possible

    • admin

      Thank you very much!

      Give my Journey of Relaxation a try at http://binauraljourneys.com with binaural beats and Binaural Drumming you can easily enter many states of consciousness and explore the power of your mind!

      Enjoy the journey!

      Andy

  • haje

    well, one thing is for sure, your quit a storyteller, i liked the way you reviewed/described this potter exhibit :P,
    Btw, i haven’t listened to anything yet, but …. i am looking for “thé binaural beat” that will help me reprogram myself and that will trigger some parts in our brain so activating our own merkaba would be possible

    • admin

      Thank you very much!

      Give my Journey of Relaxation a try at http://binauraljourneys.com with binaural beats and Binaural Drumming you can easily enter many states of consciousness and explore the power of your mind!

      Enjoy the journey!

      Andy

  • haje

    Ok , i will do that,:) thanks for your advice. i thought the way you explained in your video , how binaural beats works and the hz thing very nice to watch, it helped me understand it much better.

    Haje
    from the Netherlands

  • haje

    Ok , i will do that,:) thanks for your advice. i thought the way you explained in your video , how binaural beats works and the hz thing very nice to watch, it helped me understand it much better.

    Haje
    from the Netherlands

  • admin

    Thanks very much for your kind words! I’m glad to be of help!

  • admin

    Thanks very much for your kind words! I’m glad to be of help!

  • haje

    Were you always a “helper’in your life? or did you go trough major inner changes yourself to become like this? if you don’t mind me ask

  • haje

    Were you always a “helper’in your life? or did you go trough major inner changes yourself to become like this? if you don’t mind me ask

  • haje

    i just turned on your journey into relaxation, and in the first 2 minuts you convinced me not to be disturbed while listening, which makes sence ofcourse , but at the same time i was typing you and reading your reply’s so i was disturbed by you ..lol. hum if you’re ok with it then ill listen the next 20 minuts with my full atention to this , cause after-all i want be serious in this. and i have a feeling you have put a lot of serious effort in creating this all.
    Ill be back later 🙂

  • haje

    i just turned on your journey into relaxation, and in the first 2 minuts you convinced me not to be disturbed while listening, which makes sence ofcourse , but at the same time i was typing you and reading your reply’s so i was disturbed by you ..lol. hum if you’re ok with it then ill listen the next 20 minuts with my full atention to this , cause after-all i want be serious in this. and i have a feeling you have put a lot of serious effort in creating this all.
    Ill be back later 🙂

  • haje

    I have finished listening, i didn’t know that the hypnotic part of listening to youre voice programming in binaural beats were so important for getting results, I did feel more relaxt, i guess it did work, but i probably need more time cause im never very relaxt by the idea to let somebody else tell me what to do in a hypnotic state induced. i have to overcome that reaction first to be able to relax more.I always want to be in total control and try to be aware at all times.
    i enjoyed the watefall background very much and the drums with that was indeed a very nice combination that did feel , uhh well ‘good’ is the word in the sence that i mean that it was like my body/mind? recognized the whole thing immidiatly

  • haje

    I have finished listening, i didn’t know that the hypnotic part of listening to youre voice programming in binaural beats were so important for getting results, I did feel more relaxt, i guess it did work, but i probably need more time cause im never very relaxt by the idea to let somebody else tell me what to do in a hypnotic state induced. i have to overcome that reaction first to be able to relax more.I always want to be in total control and try to be aware at all times.
    i enjoyed the watefall background very much and the drums with that was indeed a very nice combination that did feel , uhh well ‘good’ is the word in the sence that i mean that it was like my body/mind? recognized the whole thing immidiatly

  • admin

    different people approach binaural beat meditations in different ways – I think that the guiding voice is very helpful – mostly from my own experimentation and experience with other products – approaching it from 3 directions at once – the binaural beats, the Binaural Drumming and the voice guiding all towards the same result.

    You do need to give it your full attention to be effective though…. besides, is it all that useful to enter an altered state of consciousness while reading email?

    also keep in mind that using this type of meditation is a skill that improves with practice… the more you do it, the better you’ll get at going deeper into yourself.

    Enjoy the journey!

    Andy

  • admin

    different people approach binaural beat meditations in different ways – I think that the guiding voice is very helpful – mostly from my own experimentation and experience with other products – approaching it from 3 directions at once – the binaural beats, the Binaural Drumming and the voice guiding all towards the same result.

    You do need to give it your full attention to be effective though…. besides, is it all that useful to enter an altered state of consciousness while reading email?

    also keep in mind that using this type of meditation is a skill that improves with practice… the more you do it, the better you’ll get at going deeper into yourself.

    Enjoy the journey!

    Andy

  • admin

    in terms of being a “helper” I think I’ve always been that way at least to an extent, and it seems to me that the more I deal with my own internal blocks and “stuff” the more natural it feels to go in that direction.

    Andy

  • admin

    in terms of being a “helper” I think I’ve always been that way at least to an extent, and it seems to me that the more I deal with my own internal blocks and “stuff” the more natural it feels to go in that direction.

    Andy

  • haje

    thank you very much Andy, and i will try this with more practice.

    Haje

  • haje

    thank you very much Andy, and i will try this with more practice.

    Haje