Harry Potter Exhibition is located in downtown Atlanta at the 200 Peachtree Building with convenient parking in a deck across the street. It’s a fun way to immerse yourself in the wizarding world, especially for a fan of the Harry Potter movies.
Go behind the Scenes in the Movies
The exhibition is more like a well themed museum with interactive elements vs. an immersive experience. It’s based on the movies with costumes and set pieces taken from not only the original Harry Potter series, but the Fantastic Beasts movies and play.
There are some fun behind the scenes reveals too – like Daniel Radcliffe broke several wands using them as drumsticks in-between takes. As the mother of three boys, I can totally see that happening.
Personalizing the Experience
If you’ve been to the College Football Hall of Fame, this experience uses the same technology where you put in information – like your house and patrons and then use a bracelet at different kiosks to personalize your experience. My favorite was having my name show up on the Maruader’s Map.
Plenty of Photo Ops
The rooms in the experience are nicely themed and there are plenty of picture spots – in Hagrid’s giant chair, behind Delores Umbridge’s desk, and in my opinion the best one – Harry’s cupboard under the stairs.
Should You Get the Audio Guide?
The materials state the experience takes about 90 minutes. My son and I spent 2.5 hours – but we are readers and took our time doing everything. We also listened to the audio guide, which is an additional fee. It added some additional commentary, but there was a lot of overlap with the signs. That said, if you’d rather listen than read, by all means, get the audio guide. Bonus you can listen to it again after your visit at home.
Another tip, go early on weekends before the crowds. We visited at 9:30 on Sunday and it was a comfortable crowd. An employee told me weekend afternoons and evenings can get pretty packed.
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