It was back in April when I heard that there was going to be a Harry Potter exhibit at the Arts and Science Museum in Singapore. I immediately booked a flight. I had to be there, regardless of if I had the cash or not. London was far too expensive.
Going to Singapore was the best thing I could do in order to experience the magic behind the movies in real life. The exhibit may not be at par with the exhibit in Leavesden; but it was definitely better than nothing.
Fast forward to five months later, I found myself at the entrance of the Arts and Science Museum in Marina Bay Sands. Everything I’ve ever loved about the Harry Potter series (both the books and the film) was just behind the museum’s glass door.
Before entering the actual exhibit, you’ll see the Weasley Family’s Ford Anglia suspended in the air. There’s also a booth where you can have your photo taken wearing a Ravenclaw or Gryffindor scarf.
If you can, try out the audio guide that provides guests with an audio commentary by production designers, producers and other members of the crew. It will cost you an additional SG$6; but if you’re a Potter fan, it’s a pretty good deal.
We were welcomed by the Hogwarts Express and then taken to the Great Hall where some of us got sorted. When the ‘headmaster’ asked for volunteers, I gladly did so. I’ve always believed that I was in Ravenclaw and this sorting ceremony would hopefully confirm it. The Sorting Hat probably read my mind because it put me in Ravenclaw.
The exhibit initially took us through Hogwarts, starting off with the grand staircase. We then entered the student dormitories where we saw the props and costumes that Harry, Ron and Hermione used. The exhibit did not leave out less popular Hogwarts students such as Luna Lovegood, Neville Longbottom, Padma and Parvati Patil among others.
We were then taken to the different classrooms (Herbology, Potions, Divination, Defense Against the Dark Arts) inside the castle. Each classroom includes the props found in each scene like the Jack in the Box in Remus Lupin’s DADA classroom featured in The Prisoner of Azkaban and the mandrakes, which you can pull out, in the herbology room.
Now the Hogwarts experience will never be complete without quidditch. This part of the exhibit was my favorite because not only did it show the Hogwarts quidditch teams, it also showcased various paraphernalia from the Quidditch World Cup!
After the full tour of the Hogwarts dormitories and classrooms, we are taken out of the castle grounds and into Hagrid’s Hut where we got a glimpse of forbidden creatures like everyone’s favorite, Buckbeak, and Ron Weasley’s biggest nightmare, Aragog.
Since we were going deeper into the dark side of the wizarding world, it was no surprise that the next part of the exhibit featured the dark forces. We saw death eaters, dementors the horcruxes and of course, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.
The last part of the exhibit focused more on the important events that took place in the books such as the Triwizard Cup, the Yule Ball (also my favorite), Hogsmeade, Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, the Order of The Phoenix and the Deathly Hallows.
Unfortunately, guests are not allowed to take photos inside the exhibit. Museum management will be watching guests like dementors and will send those who disregard this rule to Azkaban!
The Harry Potter Exhibition in Singapore is small, to be honest; so do take in as much as you can. Look at every single artifact because you’ll be surprised at the details that were placed into even the tiniest props. You’re given an hour to explore an exhibit that you can finish viewing in 15 minutes.
Experience the wizarding world again. It’s not every day that you get to do so. Besides, J.K. Rowling did say that “Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”
So if you can spare the time and money, head on to the Harry Potter Exhibition in Singapore be it by floo network, apparition or muggle transportation. You have until the end of September to relive the wonderful wizarding world of Harry Potter.
For more information on Harry Potter: The Exhibition in Singapore, visit the official website.
A self-professed “fangirl extraordinaire”, our guest blogger is Mara Andres. “I’m addicted to magic; how can I resist an entire world of it?” she shares of her love for J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books. When she’s not doing cool stuff like catching the Hogwarts Express to Singapore, Mara spends her time doing, well, other cool stuff, as a producer, choreographer and avid pole performer. Tweet her: @marawaranara