HARRY POTTER EXPOSITION HITS PARIS
As a fan of Harry Potter, I was excited to go to “Harry Potter, l’Exposition” going on right now at the Cité du Cinéma in Paris. This exhibit is on a world tour, and has finally made it to Paris before continuing on to other major cities such as Boston, Toronto, Seattle, New York City, and Singapore. However, while it all sounds very enticing, the exhibit itself is quite disappointing: short, not very interactive, and all in all, for hardcore fans only.
The exposition begins with a movie introduction. You stand in a surround sound room as the world of Harry Potter comes to life around you. Clips from several of the different Potter movies are presented in a mash up before your eyes. Then the lights dim, and you are ready to enter the next part of the exhibit in a dramatic cloud of smoke.
As you wander through the exhibit, you get to see a few authentic props, decors, and movie costumes put on display. See how the magic was brought to the big screen and get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look by learning about details from the set.
And, if you wish, you can take part in a Quidditch game. Muggles cannot fly… but they can learn about the rules of this peculiar game, and visitors can compete with each other by throwing dodgeballs (provided by the staff) in Quidditch rings.
The real problem of the exhibit is its lack of content. Even reading everything about the memorabilia, and taking the time to appreciate the props on display (not to mention getting your breath back from the Quidditch game!) will keep you busy for one hour at most. Though if you are a fan, you will probably want to go home for a well-deserved Harry Potter marathon.
At the end of the exhibit, the gift shop of the College of Wizardry is a great place to pick up a few reminders of your journey. Here, you can find authentic clothings from each of the separate Hogwarts houses. Unfortunately, the magic candy on display are not available for purchase by muggles.
It is a great opportunity to visit a world renowned exhibit. I must warn you that the descriptions of each of the displays is in French ONLY. So if you are a strictly English-speaker, this may present a small trouble for you.
The Harry Potter movie franchise defining by its sheer scale, giant fanbase, and influence. It helped launch other teen movies like the Hunger Games. The exhibit is trying to cash in on that popularity, but lacks a certain luster that one would expect, and the result, unfortunately, is fairly disappointing.
*Cité du Cinema is just a 20 minute ride by metro (Saint Denis, on the 12 line,) from the center of Paris – an easy get to spot for a fun and enjoyable afternoon activity for any movie lover! You can visit their website by clicking here.