Warner Bros. Studio Tour Tokyo – The Making of Harry Potter opened earlier this year to much fanfare. And rightly so! The Tokyo equivalent of the Studio Tour, which originated in Leavesden, UK, is bringing all sorts of new movie-making magic to the fore – including an exclusive set of the Ministry of Magic amongst other gorgeous props, costumes and displays taking you behind the scenes of the Harry Potter films. Tokyo’s Studio Tour is also home to the largest Harry Potter shop in the world with over 7000 bespoke and specially sourced props to marvel at.
In 2022, the award-winning play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, opened its curtains in Tokyo for the first time. And the production is still going strong. The eighth Harry Potter story, originally conceived by Jack Thorne, John Tiffany and J.K. Rowling, promises to take you on a mind-bending adventure with all of your favourite characters – among some new ones from the next wizarding generation.
This production is, naturally, performed in Japanese, and is still playing at TBS Akasaka ACT Theatre right now! In fact, the entire area is Harry Potter-fied, with a themed subway station, shop and Harry Potter cafe.
See Hogwarts in the flesh at Universal Studios Japan, alongside many other spellbinding sights. If you’re a risk-taker, why not try one of the breathtaking rides – such as Flight of the Hippogriff or the 4D epic, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey? Or, if you simply want to live and breathe the Wizarding World, how about a stroll down snowy Hogsmeade or a trip on the Hogwarts Express? Or! If you have a proclivity for British cuisine, pop down to the pubs. The Three Broomsticks and the Hog’s Head are fully realised from the Harry Potter films, complete with a cosy, traditional public house feel, and, as we say in the UK, ‘proper English grub’, from fish & chips to shepherd’s pie.
The Sorting Hat has learnt how to speak Japanese! Is there anything that hat can’t do? Yes, indeed, if you’re a member of the Harry Potter fan club (if not, it’s very easy to register) you can now experience our official Sorting Ceremony in your native language. Simply follow the prompts and interactive questions to discover which Hogwarts house truly belongs to you.
Did you know that Hogwarts isn’t the only wizarding school? In fact, there is even one in Japan, called Mahotokoro. This ancient educational establishment is as mysterious as the other wizarding schools, and includes enchanted robes as part of the uniform, which grow in size and change colour, depending on what grades a student gets!
MinaLima is the design studio that gives you all the fabulous little graphic details of the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films, from Daily Prophet newspaper covers to the famously mischievous Marauder’s Map. The team have a London flagship, but also presence in Japan, such as their successful pop-up House of MinaLima Osaka, alongside their gallery-shop at Warner Bros. Studio Tour Tokyo, where fans can drop by and indulge in some wizarding artistry during their visit. Be inspired by the spellbinding graphic design work that goes into the wizarding world and be sure to check out the official website.