Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) and Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) greeted Japanese fans on the red carpet at the Osaka park. After the arrivals, a fireworks display marked the opening of the new land and its Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride to the invited guests.
Osaka's Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens to the public on Tuesday morning. The land is almost identical to the original Wizarding World at Universal's Islands of Adventure in Orlando, minus the Dragon Challenge roller coasters. We've now opened the listing pages for Japan's Wizarding World to readers who've visited Universal Studios Japan to rate and review the attractions:
The debut comes one week after the official opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida and four years after the opening of the original Wizarding World land at Islands of Adventure. Japan's Wizarding World is the first outside the United States, and will be followed by a fourth Wizarding World, at Universal Studios Hollywood in California, in 2016.
Update: Felton and Lynch led visitors into the new land on Tuesday morning:
(An aside: One of the many interesting things about global Web publishing is trying to select the proper verb tense when writing about things in the Far East that have already happened tomorrow. It reminds me of a great Douglas Adams bit noting that the problem with time travel isn't becoming your own ancestor, it's dealing with how to conjugate verbs in a shifting timeline.)
The day before the opening ceremony (July 13, yesterday in the U.S., two days ago now in Japan), J.K. Rowling toured Osaka's Wizarding World, as shown in a publicity photo from the park.
"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," Rowling said in a statement released by the park.Tweet
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