The Magical World of Harry Potter in Japan

The Magical World of Harry Potter in Japan
The Magical World of Harry Potter in Japan

The magical world of Harry Potter-Universal Studios Japan

The theme park "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" (The Magical World of Harry Potter) inaugurated on July 15, 2014, at Universal Studios Japan, located in the city of Osaka. This magical park was inspired by the famous books written by British author JK Rowling and films produced by Warner Bros.

The original park inaugurated at the Florida Universal Studios in 2010, which recently also launched Diagon Alley, a second area of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Already Universal Studios Hollywood will receive its own version in 2016.

Thousands of fans were present at the opening ceremony of the Japanese version of "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter", which featured the presence of two movie stars: Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) and Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) who were dressed in the Scarves from their characters.

For the construction of the Harry Potter theme park were spent ¥45 billion yen (442 million dollars). The expectation is that the park Bill 5.6 trillion yen (55 billion dollars) over 10 years. The main competitor of the park is Tokyo Disneyland, according to the Asahi Shimbun.

The Japanese version of the magical world of Harry Potter has many of the attractions found in Orlando, although it has some additional such as the Black Lake Hogwarts and the Living owls, which play a crucial role in the whole plot, after all, are the pets of the Wizards and witches.

What draws attention is the "huge recreation of the Hogwarts Castle" that is incredibly reflected on the Black Lake. Inside the castle, visitors can check out the school of Magic and witchcraft, where visitors will find the signature of Harry Potter and participate in the "Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey", an incredible flight simulator filled with special effects.

There is also a room of portraits that speak, the office of Dumbledore, the classroom of defense against the Dark arts, among other scenes present in the series. The Hogsmeade village was also recreated, with many shops appearing in books and movies, for the joy of fans and admirers of Harry Potter.

In addition to many souvenir shops, there are many restaurants offering thematic food from the series such as Butterbeer, a buttery beer, very popular in the Wizarding world. The famous Hogwarts Express is also on display at the Hogsmeade station of the theme park.

There is also a wand factory, where visitors can choose their own magic wand; Honey Fingers, a candy bar that sells popular sweets in the world of wizards, like Beans Every and chocolate toads; And the three brooms, a tavern serving traditional British food.

For those who like adrenaline and strong emotions, it is worth going on the "Flight of the Hippogriff" (Flight of the Hippogriff), a mini roller coaster, in which guests pass through Hagrid's hut before climbing into a wicker hippogriff that resembles a winged horse with a head D and Eagle.

Zonko's Joke shop is a store with a wide variety of exclusive items from the series. In it, you will find the school uniforms of Hogwarts, as well as other clothes of the series like scarves, scarves, and neckties. Harry Potter fans will definitely freak out in the stores of this amazing theme park.

Universal Studios Japan is located in Osaka City and is accessible by train. The nearest station is J.R. Universal City. Tickets are sold from ¥6,980 (adult) and ¥4,880 (children between 4 and 11 years). For more information on map, schedules, and attractions, visit the official website.

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