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MOSI goes Hogwarts for the holidays

You can also find Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) in regular theaters racing against time and evil with Rubeus Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane) to destroy the Horcruxes in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.

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You can also find Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) in regular theaters racing against time and evil with Rubeus Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane) to destroy the Horcruxes in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.

It's not exactly the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando.

But it's close to home and costs a fraction of the price. The butterbeer isn't bad, either.

Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry ends the year of all things Harry with several activities and attractions devoted to the young wizard and his pals at Hogwarts. Watch the new Potter movie in the IMAX Dome Theatre or snatch a snitch in a game of quidditch.

Here's a roundup of things to do for believers, as well as Muggles.

Quidditch Cup: Grab a broomstick and try out Harry's favorite sport during MOSI's first Quidditch Cup on Saturday. Author J.K. Rowling dreamed up quidditch, which involves broomsticks, bludgers and a small golden ball with wings known as a snitch. Players won't be doing much flying at MOSI — we think — but will instead follow the Muggle quidditch rules set by schools and universities that play the sport. Sign up either as a team of six or an individual. Cost is $50 per team; $12 per person. The tournament starts at 10 a.m. and is open to all ages.

Showing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1: Harry, Ron, and Hermione really become larger than life on the IMAX screen. Daily showings include two on Christmas Day for anyone eager to get away from Gramps. About an hour before each show, MOSI wizards outside the theater demonstrate how to make potions and magical illusions based on science and chemistry. Kids can get a Harry scar for $2 and write in invisible ink. The concessions stand sells a fizzy, foamy butterbeer for $4.50. Adult versions spiked with vodka go for $6. Admission is $11.95 for adults, $10.95 for students, $9.95 for seniors and $8.95 for children ages 2 to 12.

Winter break camps: MOSI offers two Harry Potter camps for elementary and middle school kids Dec. 20-23. Holiday Hogwarts' Camp teaches kindergartners through third-graders how to cast illusions and make butterbeer and magic wands. On the last day of camp, they play in a quidditch tournament and put on a show for their parents. Older students — fourth- through eighth-graders — create special effects with chemistry, apply movie makeup and generate computer monsters in Moviemaking Secrets of Harry Potter. Both camps run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with extended hours available for an additional $15 a week. The cost is $185.

Harry Potter museum exhibits: The Potter party extends to the planetarium and stage shows included in general admission. The "First Year Astronomy'' planetarium show talks about stars, constellations and mythical tales. "Magical Mysteries'' on the Stair Stage reveals secrets behind levitation and transfiguration and tests the audience's skill at solving puzzles using numbers. "Science of the Wizardry World'' in the Science Works Theater explores the science of wizards, witches, and fortune tellers. And for the wizard on your shopping list, the gift shop sells Gryffindor robes, Hogwarts' scarfs, stuffed owls and Harry eyeglasses.

Tampa Museum of Science and Industry

Admission is $20.95 for adults, $18.95 for seniors and $16.95 for children ages 2 to 12. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends, including holidays. 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 987-6000, mosi.org.

MOSI goes Hogwarts for the holidays 12/16/10 [Last modified: Thursday, December 16, 2010 4:40pm]

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