Harry Potter Midnight Madness at HMNS!

This post is from Julia, the HMNS Education department’s resident Harry Potter expert.

Finally! <3
Creative Commons License photo credit: worak

Harry has spent the last 6 years at Hogwarts uncovering the truth of his past and discovering his monumental role in defeating You-Know-Who, and it’s finally come down to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows!

Harry, Ron, and Hermione have set out to finish the task Dumbledore started: find and destroy Voldemort’s horcruxes. Without his horcruxes, Voldemort can finally be defeated by The Chosen One, putting an end to the epic battle between good and evil that has plagued the wizarding world for decades.

But it’s no easy task. As Voldemort and his followers gain control of the Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts, Harry, Ron, and Hermione face numerous obstacles from curses and hexes to Death Eaters to the sometimes dwindling faith and doubts they have in one another. However, throughout his journey Harry realizes that he has the full support of the wizarding world and is not alone in his quest to stop the Dark Lord once and for all. Witches and wizards around the world are joining together to stop Voldemort and the Death Eaters in their vengeful plot to take over the entire wizarding world.

So, now it’s our turn to show Harry our support! If you’ve been a dedicated follower of The Boy Who Lived from his first year at Hogwarts you can’t stop now!

Come to the Houston Museum of Natural Science on November 18 at 10:30pm for a Harry Potter Midnight Madness premiere party that will surely give Harry Potter fans something to celebrate! With live animal presentations that would make Hagrid proud (although there are no dragons or hippogriffs), tasty treats that would leave the Weasley boys satisfied, and potions demonstrations that even Snape would approve of, you have to be here! And don’t forget about the costume contest complete with fabulous prizes and Harry Potter trivia for the true HP fan to test their knowledge! It’s all happening right here for the 12:01am screening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. So where should you be for the beginning of the end? Why the Houston Museum of Natural Science of course!

Here are few details for the Costume Contest:

To enter the costume contest you must arrive, in costume, by 10:45pm to register at the table just inside the main entrance to the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Once registered you will receive a number; this is the order in which you will be called before the panel of judges. Each participant will be judged based on the ABC’s of great costumes: Authenticity, Believability and Creativity! Judges will score each participant and we will award the prizes just before the start of the 12:01am movie for each of the winners – Best Adult Male, Best Adult Female, Best Male under 13 years old, Best Female under 13 years old. So dust off your dress robes and we’ll see you at HMNS for the Harry Potter Midnight Madness Costume Contest!


Hey Shutterbugs – Freeze Frame’s for you!

summer-campThe start of Xploration Summer Camps here at the museum are fast approaching. Campers can take week long classes in archaeology, creepy crawlies, the science behind Harry Potter, dinosaurs, robots, crime scene investigation and much more.

In years past we’ve had a camp class called “Photo Safari” that was always really popular. This year we have decided to take one of the kids’ favorite aspects of “Photo Safari” and added new activities and topics — thus, a new camp is born! This year, it’s “Freeze Frame”!

Andrea G., one of our fabulous Summer Camp teachers and a former ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs program intern for me in Education Collections, is a huge photography buff and she is using her wealth of darkroom knowledge to put together some new projects for the “Freeze Frame” campers this summer!

freeze-frameWe’ll be traveling back in time to experiment with some of the earliest photographic processes, including learning about albumen prints – which originally used eggs!  Using our own darkroom, we’ll build pinhole cameras and shoot black-and-white images and hand-made blueprints. 

Campers will get crafty with Polaroids and image transfers while exploring the artsy side of photography.  Then they’ll turn into scientists, playing with mirrors and light while building their own kaleidoscopes, periscopes, and much more.  Come join us for a bright adventure in “Freeze Frame” this summer!

Just because school is out for the summer doesn’t mean your kids have to stop learning. Check out our Xploration Summer Camps, a fun and educational adventure for your children! These week-long science classes are available for children ages 5 to 12 from June 1 through August 14. For more information, visit our web site at hmns.org.