The Harry Potter series has garnered a rabid following over the past 20 years. Of billion dollar movie franchises, and now the amusement park attractions on two continents and three different cities, the magic of J. K. Rowling’s books live in many different ways.
In 2010, Universal Orlando opened the eyes of Muggles, the first Wizarding World, and in 2015 that magic spread to Japan. Thursday, a new experience was announced for Universal Japan’s wizarding world– and the light up the night with Magic.
Beginning April 21, Universal will dazzle the night sky with a new Harry Potter-themed display. The show will unfold in the parks, the Black Lake, and will make use of the Hogwarts Castle as the centerpiece of the show. The guests will be able to see Dementors attacks, as well as more magical effects that make the castle come to life. The new show will use projection mapping and can also make use of fireworks to enhance the magical experience.
A similar show was used for a one-off performance during the Grand Opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood. At this time, however, Universal Studios Japan will be the only place in the whole world to see with the new show, so Harry Potter fans in the united states should ensure that their passports are up-to-date.
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This is not the first time that Universal Japan has rolled out exclusive Harry Potter events. During Halloween last year, the park was a spooky Dementor attack in the wizarding world.
This new light show comes just ahead of the huge 15th anniversary of Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, with new attractions featuring video games like Monster Hunter, and 4D attraction in which Godzilla attacks Osaka.
The same day the new Harry Potter show premiered, the wizarding world will also be the reveal of something that has been present at other Universal parks for a few years now– Interactive Wands. The guests will be able to follow a map and proverbs that everyday objects to life.