Horcruxes, magic staircases, fantastic beasts—all of these items can be spotted at The Met with the right tour guide to spark your imagination. This spring, the New York City-based events company e.t.c. is offering guests a look at The Metropolitan Museum of Art through a Harry Potter-themed lens, DNAinfo reports.
The tour, titled “Griffins, Goblets, and Gold,” searches for connections between J.K. Rowling's wizarding world and the real-life art at the museum. Sessions typically last between 30 minutes and two hours, and guides can tailor the experience to fit visitors’ interests. "There's part of a castle in The Met, and we can compare it to the castle in Harry Potter,” tour manager Evan Levy told DNAinfo. “There are balconies and staircases that are very similar—it's like Hogwarts when you walk in.”
Visitors to the Met can book a tour through e.t.c. for Saturdays, Sundays, and after school on weekdays. Levy emphasizes that groups of all age ranges are welcome, with tickets priced at $25 for children and $35 for adults. Guests are also encouraged to come dressed in their best wizarding garb.
“Griffins, Goblets, and Gold” is one of several Harry Potter-centric events the company is hosting leading up to Harry’s birthday in July. On July 15, e.t.c. is launching a “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” tour that makes stops at both The Met and the American Museum of Natural History.