- Associated Press - Sunday, July 17, 2011

The highly anticipated “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2” will open at the Smithsonian Institution’s Imax theaters in the District and Northern Virginia in the coming days.

The Smithsonian announced late Thursday that the finale of the Harry Potter series will begin showing Friday at the National Air and Space Museum’s annex in Chantilly, Va. It opens July 29 at the theater at the National Museum of Natural History on the Mall.

Costumes from the film, on loan from Warner Bros. Pictures, will be on display in the theater lobbies. They include items worn by Harry Potter and Neville Longbottom.

Tickets can be reserved and purchased up to two weeks in advance.

Web: http://www.si.edu/imax