1st Official Photo from Wizarding World of Harry Potter Theme Park

Even with the Harry Potter books and films done, the magic is still spreading--and now it's made its way to Osaka, Japan, which will be the location of the new "Wizarding World of Harry Potter" amusement park.

Glenn Gumpel, the president and CEO of Universal Studios Japan, made the announcement today.

“Universal Studios Japan is thrilled to be chosen to make the Harry Potter experience come alive for the people of Japan,” Gumpel said in a statement. “USJ will recreate to the highest level of authenticity, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.’”

It shouldn't be surprising that Pottermania is present in Japan--the love of Harry Potter is something that seems to span all cultures and locations. The Potter franchise has been hugely popular in Japan, grossing $893 million at the box office and reaching more than 78 million people.


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