Hagrid’s motorbike from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 has a new exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool.
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Characters in the Harry Potter franchise have tried their hand at getting around in a number of ways. By broom, by apparition, even by dragon. But perhaps none is so iconic to the series as the motorbike on which Rubeus Hagrid delivers Harry to Number Four Privet Drive, and takes him away from it for the last time. The Museum of Liverpool certainly notes its significance by giving the motorcycle used in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 a role this summer in celebrating Liverpool’s history in film over the past 60 years.
The bike is being once again taking the spotlight in the Reel Stories exhibition, in which displays showcase the city’s connection to the film industry. Part of the chase scene featuring the bike was filmed in the Birkenhead Queensway Tunnel, a location in Liverpool. In an article from Xinhua News Agency, museum curator Paul Gallagher was all excitement:
“We are delighted to be able to show Hagrid’s bike during the run of our Reel Stories exhibition which examines Liverpool’s remarkable ability to be a backdrop for filmmakers.”
The appeal of the exhibit is twofold. For fans of the series, they get a chance to see the bike and attached sidecar on which Harry breaks the Statue of Secrecy enough to get him expelled from Hogwarts several times over. For motorcycle enthusiasts, they’re able to see how the Royal Enfield Bullet 500 was modified to suit the needs of the film. The bike sees a lot of action in a single thrilling ride both in the skies and on the road.
The Museum of Liverpool lets fans know that this isn’t the only time that Liverpool acts as a backdrop for the Harry Potter films. In Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Liverpool locations like the Cunard Building will feature. Even when set in the U.S., the makers of the Harry Potter films find new ways to tie the franchise to its history in the U.K.
The motorbike will be on display from this week until June 9th before returning to Warner Bros. Studios.