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Harry Potter theme park heads to Japan

The Harry Potter magic is spreading to Asia - an amusement park inspired by the hit franchise is to open in Japan.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Osaka will feature a reconstruction of the enchanted Hogwarts school, as well as rides and themed snacks.


Actors James and Oliver Phelps, who played twin wizards Fred and George Weasley in the Potter movies, will be guests of honour when the attraction opens in 2014.


Glenn Gumpel, president and CEO of Universal Studios Japan, says, "Universal Studios Japan is thrilled to be chosen to make the Harry Potter experience come alive for the people of Japan. USJ will recreate to the highest level of authenticity The Wizarding World of Harry Potter."


The theme park first debuted at Florida's Universal Studios Orlando in 2010, and another Wizarding World is due to open in Los Angeles.