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Pottermania Hits NYC: Events Across The Big Apple Mark Final Movie Premiere Weekend

By Carly Sitzer

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- It's the end of an era for Harry Potter fans.

With the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 release Friday, Harry Potter and crew hit the silver screen for the last time.  The good news for loyal fans: There are plenty of Potter-themed events happening in New York City this month.

Photos: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Premiere | Harry Potter Through The Years

For muggles who are serious about becoming completely engaged in the world of Harry Potter, there's Harry Potter: The Exhibition now on display at Discovery Times Square.

The exhibition brings Hogwarts to life with more than 200 authentic costumes and sets, such as Hagrid's Hut, Harry's first wand and glasses, school robes and more. Visitors to the exhibition will also get to participate in hands-on activities such as Quidditch and pull your own mandrake.

Still not quite ready to part ways with the series or the story? This weekend in New York City are events that will help keep the magic alive.

Rupert Grint, Dan Radcliffe, Emma Watson
(credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

On Friday the Upright Citizen's Brigade will be hosting The Hogwarts Improvisation Society. Two teams, representing Gryffindor and Slytherin, will compete for house points in this improv competition. Guests are encouraged to dress up to support their favorite team: red and yellow for Gryffindor, green and white for Slytherin—of course.

On Saturday, celebrate the final Harry Potter movie at the Scholastic store in SoHo. Come in costume for trivia, arts and crafts and more.

For fans looking for a more interactive way to show their love for Harry Potter and his wizarding world, there's the Watson Adventures: The Wizard School Scavenger Hunt.

The scavenger hunts, which will be held on Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m.and 2 p.m., respectively, will begin at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Participants will search for art that echoes Hogwarts-themed characters, places and items.

Are you ready to say goodbye to Harry Potter? Sound off in our comments section.

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