Penn Museum Presents a Special Event: Harry Potter and the Magical Muggle Museum on Sunday, November 22, 2009 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
HARRY POTTER AND THE MAGICAL MUGGLE MUSEUM—the magical wizarding extravaganza designed for Harry Potter fans, those passionate about the novels of J.K. Rowling, and magic lovers of all ages—returns to the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology for its third straight year, on Sunday, November 22, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, with new activities and magical surprises throughout the building. Penn Museum opens two hours early to share all the magic, and it is all magically free with regular Museum admission donation ($10 for adults; $7 for seniors; $6 for children 6-17 and college students with ID; and free for children 5 and under, Penn Museum members, and PennCard holders.) Visitors are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Harry Potter character, or this year, their favorite Twilight character, and join in on the action!
More than 30 different activities are planned for the day, with the full schedule of activities available online.
New this year, visitors are invited to experience the Ordinary Wizarding Level (O.W.L.) exams, with cram classes and "tests" conducted by Hogwarts (and University of Pennsylvania) professors on such essentials as Potions (with Professors Snape and Slughorn presiding), History of Magic (with a scavenger hunt through the galleries), Defense Against the Dark Arts (with Wii dueling and an opportunity to sign up for Dumbledore's Army), Latin for Wizards (testing knowledge of real spells), and Divination (it's mystical). The Elmwood Park Zoo's traveling wizards join in on the act this year, with a "Cabinet of Curiosities" and some magical creatures at an ongoing O.W.L. exam program. A special end-of-the-world lecture, "2012: Maya Divination" is offered for extra credit.
Also new, visitors can enter a life-sized recreation of the storefronts and props of Diagon Alley, created by Harry Potter enthusiasts Betsy Coe and Jeannine Ginsburg, who offer a talk on the history of their project, including the recent use of the Alley in a Women's Center for Montgomery County fundraiser.
It is a day for magic, and imagination, and visitors can participate in a sorting hat ceremony, placing them in one of Hogwart's School of Witchcraft and Wizardry's four "houses": Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, or Slytherin. Muggles (non-magical people), wizards and witches mingle and participate in a variety of activities, from wand making and a witch's auction, to Bertie Bott's Bean Tasting (it could be popcorn...or earwax), transfiguration face painting, SNAPE Bingo, and a friendly competition of Twister featuring Harry Potter vs. Twilight fans. Active young visitors can enjoy Quidditch practice (an outdoor game, usually played on broomsticks), and visit Tom Riddle's Graveyard or Professor Sprout's Greenhouse, set up on outside greens and gardens. Everyone is invited to hear from J.K. Rowling's fairytale book, "The Tale of Beedle the Bard," read by the gentle giant Hagrid, Hogwart's groundskeeper and some-time professor.
Magic is not the sole purvey of wizards, and the Penn Museum offers "Magical Objects" tours that focus on some of the fascinating artifacts from diverse world cultures on display throughout the Museum's galleries. In addition, Mr. Weasley, who works for the magical world's Department of Muggle Information, shares his own collection of "Muggle Artifacts," and looks for muggle visitors to help him understand what they are.
As always, guests to the Magical Muggle Museum can expect to see a number of famous wizards and witches, including Professors Severus Snape, Sybil Trelawny, Minerva McGonagall, and Pomona Sprout, as well as Hermione Granger, Sirius Black, the Weasley family, the Malfoys, house elves Kreacher and Dobby, and Madame Maxime from Beauxbatons. Visitors should be on the lookout for Headmaster Albus Dumbledore, Dolores Umbridge, and "Mad-Eye" Moody-as well as Dementors, Death Eaters, and the Dursley family.
The magical world of Harry Potter, young wizard hero in the novels of J.K. Rowling, has enchanted millions of book readers and movie viewers around the world. For the last two years, Penn Museum's HARRY POTTER AND THE MAGICAL MUGGLE MUSEUM event has drawn several thousand visitors, many in character, who joined in a celebration of both the fantastical world of Harry Potter, and the very human, worldwide fascination with magic.
HARRY POTTER AND THE MAGICAL MUGGLE MUSEUM is presented by the University of Pennsylvania students of "Mythology and the Movies" (ANTH160/Cine106), an undergraduate course cross-listed with the Anthropology and Cinema Studies departments, under the direction of their Professor, Louise Krasniewicz, an anthropologist and adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Special contributors to the program include Joan Bachman, Pop Rocks candy; Redcaps' Corner, featuring games, cards and community, in University City; and Connolly Flooring. The event is made possible through the generous support of the Women's Committee of the Penn Museum.
Dr. Krasniewicz maintains an elaborate event website.
The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropologyis dedicated to the study and understanding of human history and diversity. Founded in 1887, the Museum has sent more than 400 archaeological and anthropological expeditions to all the inhabited continents of the world. With an active exhibition schedule and educational programming for children and adults, the Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind's collective heritage.
Penn Museum is located at 3260 South Street (on Penn's campus, across from Franklin Field), Philadelphia, PA 19104. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 4:30pm, Sunday 1pm to 5pm. Closed Mondays and holidays. Admission donation is $10 for adults; $7 for senior citizens (65 and above); $6 children (6 to 17) and full-time students with ID; free to Members, Penncard holders, and children five and younger; "pay-what-you-want" after 3:30pm daily. Penn Museum can be found on the web at www.penn.museum. For general information call (215) 898-4000.