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Updated: Jul 18, 2018

Wizarding Wanderings #1: "Harry Potter: The Exhibition" in Milan. This will be the first post of my wanderings in the magical world of Harry Potter!

Harry's wand, the photo album of his parents, the Marauder's Map and the Choco-cauldrons filled with Amortentia

How many #Potterheads out there? Yes, I bet you are a lot! I'm a huge fan of J. K. Rowling and a true #Potterhead myself (Gryffindor, of course), and I've been writing on a RPG forum of #Hogwarts for a while now. Since I was back in my hometown for a couple of weeks last month, and since only ten minutes of train divided me from Milan, the exhibition presented itself as the perfect excuse to meet with some of the other players. It was fun! After meeting at Milan Central Station (it was insane, we were practically screaming of delight for seeing each other in person) we took the tube to get to the "Fabbrica del Vapore", the building which hosted the event.

The Sorting Ceremony was amazing: an actress introduced us to the Sorting Hat, and three persons of the group were chosen to be Sorted. The Hat spoke loudly, for everyone to hear.

It has been really interesting seeing our Headmaster sorted (hehehe!).

This exhibition gave me the wonderful idea to share my Harry Potter passion on my blog, too! Thus, here's the first of many, many Wizarding Wanderings I have in programme!

Playing Quidditch and pulling Mandrakes

While strolling among amazing objects used in the movies, such as the characters' robes, the cabinet where the Boggart was hidden, the hideous Jack-in-the-box appeared in the third film (seriously, how can you think this thing less frightening than a snake? I'd take the snake any other day), and Gilderoy Lockhart's paintings, there was a table for a small Herbology class, where you could try and lift a Mandrake from its vase. Luckily it was still a baby, so its cry didn't kill us all....

Further on, the hoops of the smallest #Quidditch field awaited us, and I grabbed a Quaffle to score for #Gryffindor with my Captain - yes, I play Chaser.
Quidditch robes - featuring Slytherin, Gryffindor and Hufflepuff

The Exhibition, all and all, was really good. It wasn't small either, because it included not only Umbridge's office and pink leaflets, several glass cabinets containing Luna Lovegood's Quibbler, Voldermort's Horcruxes, posters of #Azkaban convicted and of Daily Prophet front pages, but also a visit to Hagrid's wooden cabin (his armchair was so comfy) and a stroll on the borders of the Forbidden Forest, where the head of a Hungarian Horntail, an Acromantula and a Thestral cub watched us go in the very dim light.

The last room was the Great Hall, with candles hanged to the ceiling that looked as if floating over us, and two tables filled with every #Honedukes' products (unluckily, they were all under a glass cover).

I'd raise two thumbs up for the setting of the shop, it looked greatly as #Ollivander's, with all the wands' boxes piled in columns. The prices were a little higher than expected, but honestly the location made up for that. I didn't buy anything, because I already have most of the items sold in the shop. Some might even think I have too many Harry Potter-related accessories, but let's be fair, there is no thing as "too many" for a Potterhead.

At the end of the day, I can say it was an amazing experience, totally worth the ticket. If you are a Potter fan, or if you have kids, or if you happen to be in Milan before September, I'd advise you to go and have a look! Do you have already visited it? Comment below! What did you think about it?

Next time, I have to visit the Warner Bros Studio in London!