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You Can Now Take a Harry Potter-Inspired Tour of the Met

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Art & Design Editor
Updated: 27 July 2017
As if you needed another reason to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a New York City-based tour group is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the first of J.K. Rowling’s bewitching literary series, with Harry Potter-inspired* tours of the Upper East Side institution.

‘Griffins, Goblets, and Gold’ guides participants through the Met’s expansive galleries, identifying horcrux-like objects and seemingly enchanted artifacts.

Evan Levy and her team at e.t.c. have curated a tour that’s less about art history, and more focused on experiencing one of New York City’s most beloved museums—which just so happens to boast a treasure trove of historical objects and architectural details that, with a pinch of imagination, could easily be part of the wizarding world.

“The Met is a big stone building with lots of corridors and secret rooms,” Levy told DNAinfo New York. “There’s part of a castle in The Met, and we can compare it to the castle in Harry Potter. There are balconies and staircases that are very similar — it’s like Hogwarts when you walk in. When you walk around the room, you can see mythical creatures carved into the archways.”

The tours are for both adults and children, and can be customized to suit an audience’s particular interests. Levy notes that the Harry Potter theme is a great way of igniting kids’ enthusiasm for going to a museum.

In addition to Griffins, Goblets, and Gold, Levy also conducts tours around the city inspired by fairy tales and other classic books such as From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.

To inquire about tour schedules and prices, click here.

* e.t.c.’s Griffins, Goblets, and Gold tours are neither endorsed by nor affiliated with J.K. Rowling, Bloomsbury Publishing, Arthur Levine Books, Scholastic, Little, Brown, Pottermore, or Warner Bros. There are no props from the Harry Potter films on view. All points of interest on the tour examine objects in the museum’s collection.