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James and Oliver Phelps to Attend Harry Potter: The Exhibition Brussels Grand Opening

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This Thursday, 30 June 2016, Harry Potter™ fans in Belgium will finally have the opportunity to step inside the famous wizard’s world when Harry Potter: The Exhibition opens at Palais 2 of Brussels Expo. Actors James and Oliver Phelps, who played Fred and George Weasley in the Harry Potter film series, bring their magical wit and charm to Brussels to celebrate the grand opening.

Since its world premiere in Chicago, the exhibition has already received more than 3.5 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. Fire-Starter, Brussels Expo and EncoreB are partnering with GES to present the exhibition in Brussels.

“It’s always amazing to meet Harry Potter fans in their hometowns. We have traveled to numerous cities with Harry Potter: The Exhibition and the fans are always a delight,” said James Phelps. “We are excited to return here to Brussels. We remember what huge Harry Potter fans the Belgians are and can’t wait to see their reactions to the great props, costumes, and creatures,” added Oliver Phelps.

“The response in Belgium since the announcement in January has been incredibly exciting. It is clear that Harry Potter: The Exhibition is supported by a large group of enthusiastic fans and I’m thrilled to be part of the team bringing it Brussels,” says Manu Braff of Fire-Starter. “It is an honor to work with Brussels Expo, GES and Warner Bros. Consumer Products to bring such a beloved brand to Brussels. I am delighted to give Belgian fans a chance to experience Harry Potter: The Exhibition,” added Pascal Bernardin of Encore-B.

“We are thrilled to bring Harry Potter: the Exhibition to Brussels. We hope everyone will have a chance to be drawn into the magical spell of this exhibition, allowing them to relive their favorite moments from the films,” said Eddie Newquist, chief creative officer for GES. “A visit to Harry Potter: The Exhibition is great for anyone who loves seeing how blockbuster films become a reality.”

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 Potter films 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, in Brussels for a limited engagement, will be open daily. 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.

 

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