James and Oliver Phelps attended the opening of the second official Christmas in the Wizarding World exhibit in Bangkok, Thailand, this week.
CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT THE |SPECIAL FEATURES ABOUT THIS HARRY POTTER-THEMED RETAIL EXHIBITION?
Oliver Phelps: It’s not really an exhibition. This is Harry Potter’s Christmas Wizarding World, it’s the massive retail experience and it is totally different, you won’t see it anywhere else.
James Phelps: When they [the organisers] told us about the idea of setting up a shopping thing in Bangkok about a year ago, we expected a few stands or stalls selling wizard gear. But when they do something, they do it right. You really do feel that you are in Hogsmeade village. You can go into the Ollivanders’ wand, and have the experience. It is not you choosing the wand; the wand chooses you, just like in the film. It’s such a unique experience. Normally you would have to travel very far. Also even when you queue to enter, there’s plenty going on, such as a window display that moves and with which you can interact.
Christmas in the Wizarding World runs from now through March 3, 2018 in Bangkok. The only other exhibit fans can visit worldwide at the moment is at the Shops of South Town in Sandy, Utah. A few photos of the pair at the Siam Paragon mall, the location of the Hogsmeade village pop-up, can be seen here.