Harry Potter at the Met: We Take a Tour Fit for a Wizard

By Blaise Buckley on 20 August 2018
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Not too long ago there was literally nothing to do to fill your Harry Potter desires in New York City. In the last year or so that has changed dramatically, first with “Puffs,” the wonderful story of the Hufflepuffs during Harry’s reign at Hogwarts, and the long-awaited debut of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” on Broadway.  You’ll be able to make a whole vacation of it with these two shows, that is if you’re lucky enough to score a ticket for “Cursed Child,” but one of the most exciting things to do is the exclusive Harry Potter-inspired tour at the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York City, Griffins, Goblets, and Gold.

Evan Levy, the founder of Fable & Lark, a company that offers “storied adventures,” conducts a variety of tours for fans of all kinds and children and adults of all ages, and if they’re all as exciting as the one themed around J.K. Rowling’s entire universe you’re in for a real treat, as well as a multitude of photo ops that are sure to make your social media followers green with envy.

As we walked through the museum we found mythical creatures that relate to the Harry Potter stories as well as spaces in the museum that bear an uncanny resemblance to places one sees in the Potterverse.

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Although none of the pieces shown on the tour have anything to do with the Harry Potter franchise, one could be forgiven for thinking some of the items were props and sets taken right from one of the films. The tour takes the visitor all over the museum through multiple centuries of history and across dozens of countries, as well as a real castle. Without giving away too much, there are characters that are instantly recognizable that were carved in stone centuries ago.

The tour was launched last year, timed to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. It is intended for muggles and wizards of all ages.

In addition to the standard Griffins, Goblets, and Gold tour, Levy offers a tour designed specifically for youngsters 5 to 7, Griffins, Jr. This shorter, one-hour tour covers a smaller area of the museum, involves less walking, and more games and activities. The company is also adding several additional tours including Crown & Prophet inspired by epic fantasies such as Lord of the Rings, Quest Control inspired by Demigods including Percy Jackson, and a two-part tour that adds the American Museum of Natural History, Here Be Dragons, inspired by Fantastic Beasts.


Fable & Lark
At the Metropolitan Museum of Art

(Photos: Accura Media Group)

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