Harry Potter™: The exhibition will remain in Brussels for the holidays!

October 27, 2016

Exhibition adds two iconic props and a new vignette from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Harry Potter film actor James Phelps returns to Brussels to celebrate the exhibition’s Holiday Edition
Tickets available at www.expoharrypotter.be 

BRUSSELS, 27 October 2016 — Harry Potter™ fans in Belgium will have one last chance to step inside the famous wizard’s world this winter. Harry Potter™: The Exhibition will extend its stay in Brussels an additional two months and add a selection of exciting new props and costumes as well as Christmas décor. The exhibition will close as planned on Sunday, November 6 and reopen at Palais 2 of Brussels Expo on the following Saturday, November 12. The exhibition has welcomed more than 275,000 guests since it opened in Brussels on June 30. 

Actor James Phelps, who played Fred Weasley in the Harry Potter film series, will be in attendance to celebrate the extended stay in Brussels for the holidays. The exhibition will run a contest on its Facebook page from November 9 – 11, giving fans a chance to win an opportunity to join James Phelps at the official kick-off of the holiday extension on November 12. 

New to the exhibition this winter is a brand new vignette of props and costumes from Warner Bros. Pictures’ highly anticipated Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them™, which marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling and premieres in Brussels on November 16, 2016. Fans will also get the chance to see two iconic props: on display for the first time in Brussels, the Flying Ford Anglia from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™; and the giant Knight Chess Piece, which was ridden by Ron Weasley in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone™. To top it off, the exhibition will also be decorated for Christmas, complete with falling snow at Hogsmeade Station. 

Since its world premiere in Chicago, the exhibition has already received more than four million visitors and has included stops in Boston, Toronto, Seattle, New York, Sydney, Singapore, Tokyo, Paris and Shanghai. Tickets for the exhibition at Brussels Expo are available at www.expoharrypotter.be

In partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, GES created the 1,400-square-meter experiential exhibition, where visitors are able to enjoy dramatic displays inspired by the Harry Potter film sets and see the amazing craftsmanship behind authentic costumes, props and creatures from the films. Harry Potter: The Exhibition is another magical experience from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. Fire-Starter, Brussels Expo and Encore B are partnering with GES to present the exhibition in Brussels. 

 “I had a fantastic time in Belgium for the opening in June,” said James Phelps, “and am very excited to return for the chance to meet more of the wonderful fans in Brussels. The Christmas scenes in the Harry Potter films were always fun to film and I am looking forward to seeing the exhibition with falling snow.” 

“The Harry Potter fans in Belgium have been delighted by the exhibition this summer and autumn, and Fire-Starter and Encore-B are thrilled to give them another chance to relive the magic,” said Manu Braff of Fire-Starter. “We are also excited to give fans a chance to see the costume and props from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them firsthand,” added Pascal Bernardin of Encore-B. 

From the moment guests enter Harry Potter: The Exhibition, they are immediately immersed in the world of Harry Potter. Guests are greeted by an exhibit host who sorts several lucky fans into their favorite Hogwarts™ houses, then leads them inside the exhibition where their journey to favorite scenes from the Harry Potterfilms begins. The exhibition features settings from the films’ most popular locations—including the Gryffindor™ common room and dormitory; classrooms like Potions and Herbology; and the Forbidden Forest—which are filled with thousands of authentic props, costumes, and creatures used in the filming of the iconic series. 

In addition to the beautiful environments and displays, there are several interactive elements. Guests can enter the Quidditch™ area and toss a Quaffle ball, pull their own baby Mandrake in the Herbology classroom vignette, and even tour a re-creation of Hagrid’s hut and sit in his giant-sized armchair. 

The exhibition will be open daily from 12 November, 2016 through 8 January , 2017. Timed-entry tickets are required, and the last entry will be one hour-and-a-half before the closing of the exhibition. Tickets to the exhibition are on sale at www.expoharrypotter.be. 

An exclusive audio tour is also available, providing behind-the-scenes insight into the making of the Harry Potter films, with commentary from the producers, prop designers, costume designers and creature designers. 

Practical Information

Harry Potter: The Exhibition
Palais 2, Brussels Expo

Closed 7 November, 2016 through 11 November, 2016 
Open 12 November, 2016 through 8 January, 2017 

Opening hours

  • Monday to Friday: 10:00 – 19:00 – last entry at 17:30
  • Weekends and holidays: 10:00 – 20:00 – last entry at 18:30
  • Special priced Tuesdays! Reduced ticket prices apply on Tuesdays
  • Late night openings on every first Friday of the month: open until 22:00 – last entry at 20:30

Ticket prices *

  • Adults: 19,90 euro
  • Adults on Tuesday: 16,90 euro
  • Children (4-14): 14,90 euro
  • Senior citizens, students: 17,90 euro
  • Family Pass (2 adults & 2 children): 65 euro
  • Group rates (from 10 people, online registration necessary): 16,90 euro per person 
  • Guide: 90 euro (1 guide per 25 people)
  • Schools: 12,50 euro per student (online registration necessary)

* excluding ticketing fees
Audio guides are available separately.

 

Contacts:

Fire-Starter

Manu Braff
m.braff@fire-starter.be

Encore B
Pascal Bernardin 
encoreb@encoreb.fr

Media & PR:
Dutch speaking
Peter Monbailleu
+ 32 495 12 74 37 
p.monbailleu@fire-starter.be 

French speaking
Emmanuel De Roubaix
+32 495 52 38 24
deroubaix@fulloptions.com

Warner Bros. Consumer Products 
Stephanie Clark 
Director, Public Relations
+1 (818) 954-7308 
stephanie.clark@warnerbros.com

GES 
Lea Antonio
Director, Marketing 
+1 (818) 638-5949

lantonio@ges.com

About Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them takes us to a new era in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, decades before Harry Potter and half a world away. Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) stars in the central role of wizarding world Magizoologist Newt Scamander, under the direction of David Yates, who helmed the last four Harry Potter features. The film marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, whose script was inspired by the Hogwarts textbook of the same name, written by her character Newt Scamander. 

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds. 

The film also stars Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo, and Colin Farrell. 

The film reunites a number of people from the Harry Potter features, including producers David Heyman, J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram. Tim Lewis, Neil Blair and Rick Senat served as executive producers. 

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be released in select 2D, 3D and IMAX theaters worldwide beginning November 18, 2016, from Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. 


About Fire-Starter / Brussels Expo
 
Fire-Starter is an innovative Brussels-based entertainment company and part of the Brussels Expo group. Fire-Starter organizes, promotes and markets world-class live events, concerts, spectacles, festivals and exhibitions. Fire-Starter has the honor of working with major international brands like Cirque Du Soleil, Riverdance, Walking with Dinosaurs, Monster Jam, Hans Zimmer Live on Tour, 2Cellos, Red Bull Flying Bach and many others. Driven by the idea of enabling a broad audience to enjoy these unique experiences, Fire-Starter goes through great lengths to make every project a success. Above anything else, Fire-Starter is a motivated team of experienced people who are at the service of the entertainment industry.

About Encore B
Encore was created in 1987 by Pascal Bernardin and has since been a major player of the live entertainment business in France, presenting rock and pop artists (The Rolling Stones, Prince, Supertramp), family and Irish shows (Walking with Dinosaurs, Batman Live, Riverdance, Lord of the Dance°) and musicals (Mamma Mia!, Bagdad Café the Musical). Since 2008, Encore has developed the "edutainment" genre in France through different exhibitions: "Our Body The Universe Within” in 2008 and 2009, "Days of the Dinosaur” in 2010 and 2011, "Tutankhamon / His Tomb and His Treasures” in 2012, "Titanic The Exhibition” in 2013, and "Ice Age Exhibition” in 2014. In 2015, Encore has presented Violetta Live, the live version of the famous South American telenovela selling over 260,000 tickets in France and Switzerland and the LEGO® exhibition "The Art of the Brick” in Paris and Zurich.

About GES 
Global Experience Specialists, Inc. GES, a Viad Corp (NYSE: VVI) company, is a global, full-service provider for live events, producing exhibitions, conferences, congresses, corporate events, exhibits and entertainment experiences. GES provides a wide range of services, including official show services, audio visual, cutting-edge creative and design, marketing and measurement services, and event accommodations – all with an unrivaled global reach. GES partners with leading shows and brands, including Spring Fair Birmingham, MAGIC, International Woodworking Fair, CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE and Bell Helicopter. GES’ National Servicenter® has been recognized with certification under the J.D. Power and Associates Certified Call Center Program℠ for the past eight years, and for the seventh year in a row Ad Age has named GES as one of the “World’s 50 Largest Agency Companies.” For more information, visit www.ges.com. 

About Warner Bros. Consumer Products 
Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. J.K. ROWLING`S WIZARDING WORLD™ J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s16) 

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