As summer of 2014 draws nearer, the imminent opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Osaka is causing much excitement among fans of the book and movie series. And what better way to drum up even more interest than to post pictures on Twitter showing how the theme park is shaping up?
Even the Osaka railways are joining in building up anticipation, as their loop trains have now become the Harry Potter trains, complete with ads featuring the main characters. The Wizarding World is the only official Harry Potter amusement park outside of the United States, second to the original one at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. The Osaka version will also become a whole town that is a recreation of famous places in the movie series, including the an almost exact replica of Hogwarts Castle. Pictures of the almost completed structure have been popping up all over the Internet fanning the flames of the dedicated fandom. The scaffolding is slowly being taken down as the impressive structure has begun to take shape to the delight of fans all over Japan.
Other places from the movie that will be included in the park would be Hogsmeade Village where visitors can enjoy a pint of Butterbeer, Ollivanders Wand Shop where aspiring wizards go to get their, well, magic wands, and a toy store that will have among others, Screaming Yo-yos. The whole theme park reportedly costs 45 billion yen or around $444 million. Now if you’re wondering why they chose Japan as the venue for the second Harry Potter theme park, consider this: the eight films made more money here than in Harry’s own country, the United Kingdom. Japan is the largest market for Harry Potter fans outside the United States and so the park is guaranteed visitors all year round. Now if only us muggles had the power to finish the entire thing as soon as possible!
[ via Rocket News ]