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Harry Potter rather famously got a chance to compete in the Triwizard Tournament even though he was underage and never put his name in the Goblet of Fire.

He became one of four young wizards to vie for the cup, the glory of their school and a thousand Galleon.

The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia can't offer you that, exactly. But the science museum is offering a chance to be one of the first four people to tour the world premiere of "Harry Potter: The Exhibition'' when it comes to Philadelphia next year. (Read on for details).

The exhibit, created by Imagine Exhibitions in partnership with Warner Bros., comes as the first "Harry Potter'' film marks its 20th anniversary. 

Tickets are now on sale for the show, which opens Feb. 18 and announces itself as "the most comprehensive touring exhibition ever presented about the Wizarding World.''

It is highly recommended that fans of Harry, Hermione, Ron and Ginny reserve their tickets early for this timed-entry event. At press time, more than 20,000 tickets had been sold within hours of their release.

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"Harry Potter'' will take Wizards and Muggles alike behind the scenes, where they can get up close to memorable characters, settings and moments from the books and films and the larger world created by J.K. Rowling, including more recent works such as "Fantastic Beasts'' and "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.''

Imagine Studios uses "best-in-class, immersive design and technology to deliver an unforgettable personalized experience,'' according to press materials, that will include original film props and costumes.

It will afford Potterheads of all ages "an opportunity to engage with innovative, awe-inspiring and magical environments and installations in ways never before experienced in a touring exhibition.'' 

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney spoke with enthusiasm about the show coming to his city at a press conference Wednesday morning, while wrapped in a scarf representing Ravenclaw house colors. He called the Franklin, "a local treasure with a global reputation that would host this first-class exhibition'' at time when the world finally felt like it was returning to normal.

The exhibit comes as many of the region's most beloved holiday events are returning, including the Thanksgiving Day parade, he said. While he spoke, the Philly Pops performed parts of the score of the iconic "Harry Potter'' films.

Standing in the museum's rotunda, CEO Larry Dubinski said it was "amazing to stand under the gaze of Ben Franklin after what we've endured - and it was science that brought us here.'' He said the exhibition will "bring the world here'' as international travel resumes.

Swathed in a Gryffindor scarf, Imagine Exhibitions CEO Tom Zaller offered a sneak peek at an interactive element of the exhibition, a façade of Hogwarts Castle, a Quidditch broomstick and a Golden Snitch.

The illuminated castle, as well as four Golden Snitch pedestal pieces, serve as fun backdrops for selfies, but also include a QR code that transports wizards and witches of all ages into an interactive game, "Seek the Golden Snitch,'' and a chance to win prizes.

Fans can attempt to catch the Golden Snitch to be entered to win a grand prize — a two-night hotel stay in Philadelphia and four tickets to be the first in the world to experience the world premiere, as well as $500, exhibition merch and a family membership to the Franklin Institute. 

The Hogwarts Castle pop-up will remain at the Franklin Institute through Nov. 10. The Golden Snitch towers, meanwhile, will make appearances soon at The Franklin, Independence Square Visitors Center, The Promenade at Sagemore in Marlton, New Jersey; and Peddler's Village in New Hope, Pennsylvania. Follow The Franklin Institute on social media as dates are announced.

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As for the exhibition itself, the Franklin promises that "it spans thousands of square feet and features 10 distinct areas — from Hogwarts castle to The Great Hall to Hagrid's Hut to The Forbidden Forest. Guests will transition into the exhibition from the iconic Kings Cross Station.''

From there, they will select their Hogwarts house and wand and explore the show on a personalized journey. 

Here's how to get your tickets:

Tickets are timed and dated.

Daytime tickets for timed entry between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily are $43 for adults; $41 for seniors and military; $39 for children ages 3 to 11. Tickets include museum admission and one planetarium show.

Evening tickets are for timed entry between 5 and 6:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday are $30 for all guests and does not include other areas of the museum, which will close at 5 p.m. Final guests must leave by 8 p.m.

VIP anytime passes are also available for $59.

For more information, visit www.fi.edu

Once it leaves Philadelphia, "Harry Potter'' is expected to tour the world including Latin America, the Asian-Pacific region, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Visit www.HarryPotterExhibition.com for updates on the tour.

Tammy Paolino is Features Editor for the Atlantic South region of the  USA Today Network.  She’s an award-winning reporter and editor who  loves to cover trends, diversity, the arts, food and drink. Reach her at tpaolino@gannett.com or 856-486-2477 or on Twitter @CP_TammyPaolino. Help support local journalism with a digital subscription.

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