Celebrate the Birthday Boys: Mickey and Harry

Both Mickey Mouse and Harry Potter are having big-0 birthdays this year and chose New York as backdrop for the festivities. You’ll want to find your way to both parties before they are over.

The 90-year-old Mickey Mouse

Origin story

Mickey Mouse debuted in the film “Steamboat Willie” at New York’s Colony Theatre on November 18th, 1928. Since then, the big round-eared icon has stirred the creative juice of all who have met the mouse.

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2018 Getty Images for Disney / Craig Barritt photo

Where’s the party?

A Meatpacking District building (60 10th Avenue) is the 16,000 square foot headquarters for this party.   

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2018 Getty Images for Disney / Craig Barritt photo

Optional attire

Mouse ears

What can we expect?

Themed rooms recounting the life of a famous mouse; contemporary pieces of art created specifically for the exhibit; mouse as muse in Keith Haring’s work; and immersive experiences, including a replica of the vessel in “Steamboat Willie”; and black-and-white immersive scenes from classic cartoon shorts.

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2018 Getty Images for Disney / Michael Loccisano photo

Surprise guests 

Sarah Jessica Parker showed (see her photo with the mouse), and contemporary artists have created original pieces for the exhibit, including Daniel Arsham and Katherine Bernhardt.

Persona non grata

Pete

When’s the party over? 

“Mickey: The True Original Exhibition” ends February 10th, 2019

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2018 Getty Images for Disney / Craig Barritt photo

20-year-old Harry Potter

Origin story

It’s been 20 years since J.K. Rowling invented the world of Harry Potter and Hogwarts. The boy has grown into a real wizard.

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Courtesy British Library Board

Where’s the party?

The New-York Historical Society building (170 Central Park West at Richard Gilder Way) will be welcoming guests.

Optional attire

Wizardry finest

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Courtesy Warner Bros. Corporate Archive/ Mary GrandPré illustration

What can we expect?

Basically, you’re a student at Hogwarts. Each room is themed around a subject such as Potions, Herbology, Divination, and Defense Against the Dark Arts. Within the rooms are rare books, manuscripts, costumes, artwork, drafts and magical objects.

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Courtesy Museum of Witchcraft, Boscastle

Surprise guest 

English actress Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell of “Game of Thrones”) shall be whispering in your ear, should you choose the audio tour to accompany you.

Persona non grata

Malfoy

When’s the party over?

“Harry Potter: A History of Magic” ends January 27th, 2019