The largest Harry Potter theme park in the world opened in Tokyo on Friday.
The Potter experience: The first Warner Bros. Studio Tour in Asia, “The Making of Harry Potter” is heavily inspired by the large success of its London theme park, which has seen over 17 million visitors since 2012. The park allows fans to explore the behind-the-scenes aspects of the popular “Harry Potter” and “Fantastic Beasts” franchise.
The Warner Bros Studio Tour Tokyo features a series of iconic sets, including Platform 9 and ¾, Diagon Alley, The Great Hall, the Ministry of Magic and the Forbidden Forest. Fans can further immerse themselves by wearing original costumes on the authentic sets that contain real props from the films.
The Studio Tour also contains interactive experiences for its visitors. From riding a broomstick to talking with moving portraits of famous wizards and witches, visitors can expect to live out their Hogwart dreams.
How to go: For those hoping to visit, tickets must be purchased in advance online. Adult tickets cost 6,300 yen (approximately $44), junior tickets cost 5,200 yen (approximately $37) and child tickets cost 3,800 yen (approximately $27). Studio tour packages are sold separately.
The opening ceremony: To celebrate the Studio Tour’s reveal, an opening ceremony was held with British actor Tom Felton, who played Harry Potter’s school rival, Draco Malfoy in the series of Warner Bros. movies. During the ceremony, many dressed in the franchise’s signature Hogwarts uniform, with some “casting spells” to add to the event’s magical nature.