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Harry Potter: The Wizarding World of Japan


Harry Potter fans are surely wishing for a Portkey or the ability to Apparate.  On July 15th, Universal Studios Japan opened their own version of the very successful Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and it promises to be just as popular as the Orlando location.  While the Japanese version doesn’t yet have a Diagon Alley expansion, it does have several additions that are missing in Orlando.

This location sports a Black Lake on the grounds, though it’s hard to tell if there is a colony of mermaids in the depths.  Also found in Hogsmeade is Gladrags Wizarding Wear, a quiet clothing shop which also showcases some popular outfits from the movies. Guests can also be charmed by live owls at the Owlery.  Guests are welcome to take pictures with the owls and ask questions of the handlers, but that doesn’t mean the owls will deliver a Hogwarts letter later- though the hope is always there!

For fans of Harry Potter, both Wizarding World locations are highly recommended.

Robyn Stone-Kraft


Robyn was a fan of fantasy before she was aware there were even other entertainment options. She’s been a writer just as long as she’s been a fantasy fan. In D&D she plays Wizard, she was sorted into Slytherin, she supports House Lannister, flirts with Garrus Vakarian, supports the Imperial Empire, and she has a favorite Doctor. She also has more degrees in Literature than most people tend to consider a good life choice, has somehow managed to get some of her poetry published, and gets to fail college students who decide they don’t have to turn in their assignments. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband, four cats, and huge personal library.

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