SEATTLE — Any big Harry Potter fans are going to want to travel to the Northwest.

Global Experience Specialists along with Warner Brothers Consumer Products have released that the final destination in the US and the only west coast destination for "Harry Potter the Exhibition" will be in Seattle at the Pacific Science Center. This is a 10,000 sq. ft. exhibition, which features hundreds of artifacts and costumes from all of the Harry Potter films.

On hand earlier this week to talk about this epic exhibit and to answer questions was Matthew Lewis who plays Neville Longbottom in all of the Harry Potter films.

As an example of what would be on display in this exhibit, they brought out two of Lewis’s costumes, his Hogwarts uniform from the first movie (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) and the outfit he wears in the upcoming movie (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1) during the ride to Hogwarts on the Hogwarts Express.

"It’s hard to believe I was that small,” Lewis said.

Lewis also remarked that he’s spent nearly half his life in these types of costumes.

When Lewis was asked about his favorite parts of the exhibit he said that the exhibit was "mad." He couldn’t believe how many props and costumes they could take around with this exhibit.

As an aside he also told reporters about how the kids in the film were not allowed to play contact sports during filming, and how even though he wasn’t playing a contact sport he managed to still sprain his ankle playing badminton as a result he couldn’t shoot for a week.

Lewis went on to say those traits of Neville were more in the earlier films and that Neville has grown to be more courageous and "has got this amazing loyalty and big heart" which are traits he likes to believe he possesses, but he said "when push comes to shove I would probably run away."

Finally he said if there was one prop that he could keep from the exhibit he said he would want his uniform robe from the very first film.

This exhibit has had amazing reviews from Chicago to Boston to Ontario Canada, where the exhibit will be coming from last.

On display will be Harry Potter’s glasses, his school uniform, the Nimbus 2000, The Golden Snitch, The Sorcerer’s Stone and many other items.

Guests can enter a Quidditch area and toss a Quaffle, pull their own Mandrake in the Herbology vignette, tour a recreation of Hagrids Hut, encounter Buckbeak the Hippogriff and look into the many eyes of a giant Acromantula spider.

The exhibit will be in Seattle from October 23 to January 30, 2011. Tickets are $26 for adults, $24 for seniors (age 65 and over) and youth (6-15), and $17 for children (ages 3-5).

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Marianna Wilson is a Blast correspondent

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