Harry PotterTM: The Exhibition opened at ArtScience Museum on 2 June and will be run through 30 September 2012. Its first stop in Asia, this exciting and interactive exhibition offers visitors an opportunity to view iconic props, costumes and creatures displayed in immersive settings inspired by the Harry Potter film series.

Thanks to the folks from ArtScience Museum, I attended the media preview tour in the morning of 1 June, the day before its official opening.

At the session, we went on a tour of the exhibition with its creator, Mr Eddie Newquist, and ArtScience Museum’s Executive Director, Mr Nick Dixon.

During the press conference, we were greeted by two surprise guests – the actors who played the role of the Weasley twins in the Harry Potter movies!

Media conference featuring the Wesley twins

Media conference featuring the Weasley twins

Closer shot of the Wesley twins

Closer shot of the Weasley twins

Media conference group photo

Media conference group photo

 Some pictures taken during the tour:

Hogwarts™ Arrival: Entrance to the exhibition; here, you will see a replica of the Hogwarts Express.

Flying Ford Anglia car from the movie

Flying Ford Anglia car from the movie

Smoking train to Hogwarts

Smoking train to Hogwarts

Wanted poster from the movie set

Wanted poster from the movie set

Entering the exhibition galleries

Entering the exhibition galleries

My friend, Paula was working part-time as the sorting hat wizard

My friend, Paula was working part-time as the sorting hat wizard

A young girl getting the sorting hat placed on her

A young girl getting the sorting hat placed on her

Gryffindor™ Common Room: The common room, decorated in Gryffindor’s colors of scarlet and gold, is home to memorable props like, Hermione’s Time-Turner, wizard money, and assorted wands.

Moving photos

Moving photos like in Hogwarts

Movie costumes worn by the original cast of Harry Potter

Movie costumes worn by the original cast of Harry Potter

Gryffindor™ Boys’ Dormitory: Step into the boys’ dormitory and you will find props used by Harry Potter and Ron Weasley™, including Harry’s glasses and wand, the Marauder’s Map and the Howler™ sent to Ron by Mrs Weasley.

Harry Potter and Ron Wesley's dorm rooms

Harry Potter and Ron Wesley’s dorm rooms

Harry's wand, glasses and other items

Harry’s wand, glasses and other items

Ron's wand, comic books and other items

Ron’s wand, comic books and other items

Close-up of Ron Wesley's cloth

Close-up of Ron Weasley’s cloth

Luna Loveglove, Neville Longbottom and other secondary cast's items

Luna Lovegood, Neville Longbottom and other secondary cast’s items

The ceiling chandeliers are from the movie set too

The ceiling chandeliers are from the movie set too

Hogwarts Classes: Walk through the classrooms in Hogwarts where you will see costumes of the professors and textbooks for the different subjects. You can even try your hand at pulling a squealing Mandrake out of a pot in the Herbology classroom.

Enter the Hogwarts classrooms

Enter the Hogwarts classrooms

Professor Lockhart's stuff

Professor Lockhart’s stuff

Books by Professor Lockhart

Books by Professor Lockhart

Snipes' costume and other teachers' stuff

Snapes’ costume and other teachers’ stuff

Scary clown - anyone can ID what or who this is?

Scary clown from a scene when Professor Remus was teaching his class about Boggarts

Blue alien - another character I cannot remember. Anyone can ID this?

A pixie

Mandrakes from the movie

Mandrakes from the movie

Me pulling out a screaming Mandrake

Me pulling out a screaming Mandrake

Quidditch™: Fans of this unique game in the Harry Potter films will find uniforms of the various teams as well as the balls and broomsticks used in the matches. Try out your shooting skills by throwing Quaffles through golden hoops.

Quidditch uniforms

Quidditch uniforms

More Quidditch uniforms

More Quidditch uniforms

Quidditch hoops for kids to play with

Quidditch hoops for kids to play with

More Quidditch items, including the golden snitch

More Quidditch items, including the golden snitch

Hagrid’s Hut: Step into Hagrid’s living quarters, complete with giant chairs, a table and a fireplace. You can also find props like dragon eggs, animal cages and his trusty pink umbrella.

Harry, Ron and Hermoine's costume when they were really young

Harry, Ron and Hermoine’s costume when they were really young

Hagrid's room

Hagrid’s room

The Forbidden Forest: Wander into the Forbidden Forest and find life-size models of magical creatures like a Centaur, a Thestral, and a giant Acromantula.

The misty Forbidden Forest

The misty Forbidden Forest

A dragon head

A dragon head

Dark Forces: Evil lurks in this part of the exhibition where the costumes of Voldemort™ and his Death Eaters can be found. Get up close to Tom Riddle’s diary and a petrified Colin Creevy as you explore the darker side of Harry Potter’s world.

Lord Voldemort and young Harry's costume

Lord Voldemort and young Harry’s costume

Petrified Colin Creevy

Petrified Colin Creevy

Tom Riddle's diary

Tom Riddle’s diary

Prisoners robes

Prisoners robes

Various Voldemort's masks

Various Deatheaters’ masks

Deatheaters

Deatheaters

Great Hall: The Great Hall section in the exhibition features costumes from the Yule Ball, and props like the Triwizard Cup and O.W.L. exam papers.

Entering the Great Hall, flanked by the house colours

Entering the Great Hall, flanked by the house colours

Enter the Great Hall

Enter the Great Hall

Fancy ball costumes

Fancy ball costumes

Triwizard Cup

Triwizard Cup

Collection of assorted wands

Collection of assorted wands

Quidditch board game

Quidditch board game

Candies and snacks from the movie sets

Candies and snacks from the movie sets

Finally, there is the Gift Shop where you can find many exclusive and interesting Harry Potter souvenirs:

Enter the gift shop

Enter the gift shop

Harry Potter candy

Harry Potter candy

Hedwig the owl

Hedwig the owl

3D postcards

3D postcards

Me, decked in Hogwarts scarf and wand from the gift shop

Me, decked in Hogwarts scarf and wand from the gift shop

Amazing isn’t it?

Harry Potter fans are going to go crazy, immersing themselves into the world of Hogwarts.

Ticket prices to the Harry Potter exhibition starts at S$13 for children (aged 2 to 12) and S$20 for adults (Singapore residents). More details on the exhibition is available via the official website.