I’m one of those who read every Harry Potter book the moment it came out — and in one sitting. I guess you could say I’m a fan.
Now that the series has unfortunately ended, I find myself jumping at any opportunity to prolong the magic, just for that bit longer. So you can imagine my excitement when I heard about the latest Harry Potter Exhibition at the Singapore Philatelic Museum, Collecting Magic: From Stamps to Wands.
The Singapore Philatelic Museum is a museum for stamp collections and other postal matter. While stamps may be the focus of the Harry Potter Exhibition, you’re in for so much more.
Funny to think that such a huge part of our magical childhoods began with a single letter, which Harry (finally) received, accepting him into Hogwarts. And the rest, as we know it, is history.
Author J.K. Rowling’s own dream was realised when she received a letter of acceptance from publisher Bloomsbury in London, after countless rejections from other companies. Thank you Bloomsbury!
The walls of the exhibition are decked with Harry Potter stamps from all over the world, including Singapore, Australia and of course, the United Kingdom where it all began. Some are classified according to the different movie releases and you’ll get to see quite a few impressive collections on display.
I’m gonna say it — I didn’t think stamps could be so interesting. But I guess if it involves one of the greatest stories of our time… Plus, it didn’t hurt to see Cedric Diggory smiling back at me from a First Class postage stamp.
I promised that stamps weren’t all there was to this, and LOOK! If you’ve always wanted to get that trolley picture on Platform 9¾, now you can.
The best part? You don’t even have to queue. True fans, please bring a Gryffindor scarf for extra effect.
Escape for a little bit to imagine how young Harry, Ron and Hermione felt on their first train journey to Hogwarts, complete with some of the strange sweets they encountered from the sweet trolley. Beware the bogey-flavoured jelly beans!
Special movie memorabilia and collectibles from private collectors will also be on display, like a life-sized Dobby The Elf, limited edition books and prop replicas.
Before you leave, you HAVE to get a picture on this bad boy. It wasn’t as comfy as I would’ve hoped though, and I left with renewed respect for Quidditch players everywhere.
I won’t spoil the rest of the exhibition for you (there’s even a LEGO structure of Diagon Alley), but seriously, round up your fellow wizards and apparate anytime from now till June 2017.
With enough Felix Felicis (or bottled good fortune to you muggles), we’ll be able to make the magic last forever.
Collecting Magic: From Stamps to Wands
- Dates: 2nd Nov 2016 – June 2017
- Admission: Entry to the exhibition is FREE for Singaporeans and PRs, otherwise it’s $8 per adult and $6 per child (3 to 12 years)
Harry Potter Exhibition @Singapore Philatelic Museum: 23-B Coleman Street, Singapore 179807 | Opening Hours: 10am to 7pm | Tel: +65 6337 3888 | Website
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