Harry Potter: From Hogwarts Express to Diagon Alley

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 26 June, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 26 June, 2011, 12:00am


Harry Potter: From Hogwarts Express to Diagon Alley
Times Square
Until July 17

For muggles who are not well-versed in the magical language of J.K. Rowlings' Harry Potter series, 'Apparate!' is the spell used by witches and wizards to teleport from one location to another. You, even as a muggle with no magical powers, can do just that at a new exhibition at Times Square.

To coincide with next month's release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, the Causeway Bay shopping mall and Warner Bros Pictures are jointly presenting two installations: the Hogwarts Express at King's Cross train station and Diagon Alley. Built almost to the scale of the original movie sets in London, the show promises to transport visitors to the world of the boy wizard.

Conjuring up the two centrepieces took more than just a wave of a wand. According to Vernon Ma Wai-lock, who oversaw the installation, the 30-strong crew had to brave the recent stormy weather and race the clock to assemble the pieces. Their effort has paid off: the London railway station is brought to life with attention paid to the minutest of details.

Perhaps the most whimsical part is the luggage trolley, with a replica provided for fans who want to strike a pose under a black 'Platform 9 3/4' sign, supposedly the gateway to the magic world. Look out for an inscription that might bring a smile to avid Harry Potter fans.

At Diagon Alley on the second-floor atrium stands the facade of the Flourish & Blotts bookstore, where visitors can find items such as the Daily Prophet newspaper, as well as the front of Ollivanders Wand Shop. Also on show is a pink dress from Hermione's wardrobe and a display of broomsticks and costumes.

Times Square open piazza and 2/F atrium, daily, 10am-10pm