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Melbourne Convention Centre to Screen Harry Potter with a Live Orchestra

The wizards at the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra will be providing the musical magic.
By Imogen Baker
December 08, 2016
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By Imogen Baker
December 08, 2016
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In these tumultuous modern times — these times of Pottermore, Fantastic Beasts spinoffs and The Cursed Child — it's comforting to be able to take it back to basics. Basics, here, meaning the score of the first two Harry Potter films played live by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

That's right — just like their counterparts in Sydney and Brisbane, the MSO are taking us back to 2001 and 2002 when the first two of the eight Harry Potter films came out. It made us cringe (the acting — so bad but so good), marvel at how not hot Neville Longbottom was (boy, would we learn) and — most importantly — float away on a magical adventure thanks to the incredible score by John Williams.

In four sessions taking place in November 2017 (yes, practically a whole year from now), you'll be able relive the magic of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets all over again when the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre screens the films scored by a real, live orchestra. Maybe they'll release live owls! Maybe not because that would be chaos. Maybe they'll release live rats? Actually, absolutely not — we all know rats are secretly fat old criminals hiding from magical law enforcement and waiting for the Dark Lord to rise again (lookin' at you, Pettigrew).

As you might imagine, tickets are set to sell like pumpkin pasties; in Sydney the first concert was more popular than butterbeer, they even added extra sessions. So, you'd best get in quick or spend eternity griping about it like some Moaning Myrtle-type character.

The Harry Potter performances are part of the MSO at the Movies series, and will screen at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre at from November 16-18, 2017. Grab tickets here.

Published on December 08, 2016 by Imogen Baker

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