The best part about Mini Europe in Brussels is that when I was “checking us in” on Facebook, “Harry Potter” The Exhibition” http://www.harrypotterexhibition.com/ popped up as an option! I immediately googled it and found out it was across the street! We hurried over there as fast as I could get us and snagged tickets for the last entrance time that day!
Always get an audio guide
Unfortunately, the ticket guy lied to me when he said the exhibit was in English and so we opted out of the audio guides. That was a super disappointing mistake on my part. The whole beginning part with all of us in a room and people getting “sorted” was in French (with the exception of the Sorting Hat that put everyone it touched into Gryfindor…in English). Then when we went into the exhibition — 15,000-square-feet of original artifacts and costumes from all eight Harry Potter films — the signs were in 3 different languages….and none of them were English. CRAP.
Not every artifact/sign had an audio-guide number associated with it but I would honestly go through the exhibit again just to hear it. Lesson Learned.
Google translate was not much of a help, turns out when you take English “made-up” wizardry terms and translate them into a foreign language….they are not so easily translated back! It was interesting to see how they had different names entirely for some of the characters though!
Even without the audio guides, I am such a Harry Potter nerd that I couldn’t help but be so excited to be so close to some of the original props in the movies! It seriously made me want to go back and watch every single film and be like “I saw that!…and that!”
Harry Potter: The Exhibition is open at Palais 2 of Brussels Expo through November 6. After that, the exhibition will head to The Netherlands, opening next to CineMec Utrecht on February 11, 2017!