Thursday 14th Apr 2016
Two brand new attractions, Wand Magic and Wand Studies, opened this week at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Japan. And what better way to celebrate than with a majestic opening ceremony?
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Japan first opened its doors back in 2014, but this week its magic got even more powerful.
The park has just launched Wand Magic and Wand Studies: two new attractions where visitors can learn and cast spells.
Once visitors have let their wand choose them, the learner wizards and witches are treated to a Wand Studies show where Hogwarts Students practice their favorite spells with help from the audience.
One the many new spells to master in the land is Incendio – the fire-making charm. The correct wave of the wrist will set alight a faraway chimney – providing you get the incantation spot on, of course. Another spell – Meteolojinx – teaches you how to create a miniature snow storm.
Japanese actresses Alice and Suzu Hirose opened the new attractions in style, in a glorious opening ceremony and in front of 100 very lucky Harry Potter fans.
Fireworks blasted the sky above the grandiose replica of Hogwarts castle, while Alice, Suzu and a gaggle of robed Hogwarts students delighted the crowds by performing Wingardium Leviosa – levitating a feather just like Harry, Ron and Hermione do in their first year.
This impressive demonstration was followed by quite the grand finale: Alice and Suzu levitating a certain blue Ford Anglia around the castle, to gasps from the audience.
‘I really could cast a spell, and it was magical,’ the Hirose sisters enthused after the show.
House points should definitely be awarded in abundance for all this excellent spell-casting.