Universal Studios Japan held a ceremony on March 19 celebrating five years since opening the park’s popular Harry Potter-themed area The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
When actress Satomi Ishihara stepped out”Spring Supporter” alongside the residents of Hogsmeade and students of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the Harry Potter fans in attendance who had received exclusive invitations to appear at the event ignited huge cheers and a round of applause.
Ishihara was dressed in springtime clothing and wearing a Gryffindor scarf. She initiated the start of the celebrations after which confetti colour co-ordinated for each of the 4 Hogwarts Houses shot into the air.
Following the ceremony, Ishihara spoke about experience getting an early peek at the new Hogwarts Magical Celebration castle show the night before. She explained: “The entire Hogwarts Castle was covered in magic! After the show finished, I spontaneously screamed ‘Gryffindor!’ as the house I wanted to enter [laughs]. I recently re-watched the Harry Potter movies after a long time and remember how fun they really are! When you watch them as an adult you discover and feel different things. I was surprised at how great of a story it is about growing up. I’m so excited that I get to experience those same emotions in real life here. The 5th anniversary castle show is like nothing you’ve seen before, so I really want people to see it. Universal Studios Japan really fired themselves up for it. It’s a great big exciting magical festival, so I want people to feel that same love and enthusiasm.”
If you’ve yet to experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter then be sure to add it to your bucket list.
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