Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Coming to Japan
Universal Studios Japan, in partnership with Warner Bros. and Universal Parks & Resorts, announced today that they will be bringing The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to Japan, marking the global expansion of this themed entertainment experience that started at Universal Orlando Resort nearly two years ago.
The announcement was made by Glenn Gumpel, president and CEO, Universal Studios Japan; Brad Globe, president, Warner Bros. Consumer Products; and Michael Silver, president, Global Business Development, Universal Parks & Resorts; as well as James and Oliver Phelps, who played the roles of Fred and George Weasley in the Harry Potter film series.
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Governor of Osaka Ichiro Matsui was the guest of honor at the announcement, which also hosted more than a hundred excited fans dressed in Harry Potter attire who screamed with delight when the announcement was made.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Japan is the result of the creative teamwork and efforts by Universal Studios Japan in conjunction with Warner Bros., which produced and distributed the Harry Potter films, and Universal Parks & Resorts, which oversees Universal Studios theme parks, hotels and resorts throughout the world.
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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Japan is expected to make a significant impact on tourism in both the Osaka/Kansai region and the entire country, creating new jobs and bringing economic benefits throughout Japan.
“I was delighted to experience and enjoy the attention to detail, creativity and superb craft that went into the first Wizarding World in Orlando. I am equally delighted that the same level of expertise and enjoyment will translate to the new park in Japan,” said J.K. Rowling.
The themed area itself will be a fully immersive environment for the entire family that brings the stories of Harry Potter to life and is faithful to the visual landscape of the films, including a majestic Hogwarts castle which will serve as the centerpiece of the land. It is slated to open in late 2014.