PHOTO: Rendering of Universal Japan's upcoming Harry Potter show. (photo courtesy of Universal Orlando Resort)
The Harry Potter series has found an unbelievable following over the past 20 years. From billion dollar film franchises, and now theme park attractions on two continents and three different cities, the magic of J.K. Rowling's books live on.
In 2010 Universal Orlando opened the eyes of Muggles to the Wizarding World, and in 2015 that Magic spread to Japan. That Magic has been extended by offering amazing new experiences in that the Wizarding World every few months. Today, an all new experience has been announced for Universal Japan's Wizarding World, and it will light up the night with Magic.
Beginning on April 21, Universal Japan will dazzle the nighttime sky with an all new Harry Potter show. The show will unfold across the parks Black Lake and will use Hogwarts Castle as the focal point of the show. Guests will be able to see Dementors attacking, as well as more magical effects that make the castle come to life. The new show will use projection mapping and could also use fireworks to bring the show to life.
A similar show was used for a one-time only performance during the Grand Opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood. That could be our best idea of what the show could look like. As of this time, Universal Studios Japan will be the only place in the entire world to see the new show. Be sure to get your passports ready.
This isn't the first time that Universal Japan has rolled out exclusive Harry Potter events. Back during Halloween of 2016, the park had a spooky Dementor attack in the Wizarding World.
Christmas was majestic as well, as the Wizarding World hosted a Christmas event, in pure Harry Potter-style. The event included a magical Christmas tree and more!
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This new event comes right before the massive 15th anniversary of Universal Studios Japan in Osaka. That park is definitely a little slice of cool, with new rides featuring video games like Monster Hunter, and 4D attraction in which Godzilla attacks Osaka.
The very same day that the new Harry Potter show premieres, the Wizarding World will also unveil something that has been present at other Universal parks for a few years now, Interactive Wands. Guests will be able to follow a map and cast spells that bring everyday objects to life.
As of right now, Universal Studios Japan is the only place on the world where you can see the amazing different offerings for Harry Potter. While the Harry Potter series has ended, a new generation is being introduced to the Wizarding World through the new “Fantastic Beasts” films. With all the Magic floating around, it seems like only a matter of time before it spreads to the United States.
Until then, get your passports ready and hop on your broom to Japan!