It was an exciting morning for Japan. Early Tuesday morning, the second Wizarding World park opened at Universal Studios Japan. Harry Potter film stars, Evanna Lynch who played Luna Lovegood, and Tom Felton who played Draco Malfoy, along with the Harry Potter author herself, J.K. Rowling, made special appearances to celebrate the parks launch.
The Wizarding World park in Japan holds many similarities to the version at Universal Orlando in Florida, but only the Japan version has the Black Lake and real owls to add an extra special touch of “magic.”
Lynch and Felton both made an early morning (Japan’s time) appearance for the grand opening of the park. Of course, both were well-received by the many adoring fans that showed up to celebrate:
J.K. Rowling made a rare appearance the day before the park opened and had a tour of the attractions, including inside Hogwarts castle:
In a statement, Rowling spoke about her fondness for the new attraction, saying:
The craft and attention to detail across The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Japan is incredible and I will take away the memory of Hogwarts castle reflected on the Black Lake in particular. I’m delighted that Harry fans in Japan and around Asia can experience a physical incarnation that is so close to what I imagined when writing the books.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Japan cost approximately 45 billion yen (over $476 million CDN) and is projected to bring in 5.6 trillion yen (about $59 billion CDN) to the Japanese economy over the next 10 years.
A third Wizarding World park, set at Universal Hollywood, is expected to be opening in 2016.
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