Harry Potter Stars Open Japanese Attraction
Stars of the Harry Potter movies were on hand in Japan to open a new attraction at Universal Studios and meet thousands of fans.
Tom Felton, who played Draco Malfoy, and Evanna Lynch, who played Luna Lovegood, attended the ceremony in the western city of Osaka.
The Japanese attraction is only the second in the world after Universal Studios Orlando, which opened its Diagon Alley expansion last week.
"Thank you for sharing your passion and your enthusiasm for the films and books with us as as well because it means so much after all these years to still have that love. And thank you for welcoming us to this part of your celebration," Lynch said as she greeted fans at the entrance.
Felton added."I'm so excited to see the Japanese fans getting the opportunity to walk through this fabulous park. Very pleased to see some Slytherin†T-shirts over there as well. Some home support, so thank you very much for having us."
Fans, some dressed up in their own costumes, were delighted to finally be able to walk through a replica of JK Rowling's†wizarding world they have read about for so long.
"I love it! We've been huge fans since the first book came out," said one fan dressed as a student wizard.
"It is amazing. I am so surprised. There are a lot of magic school students as well and so the atmosphere is great," said another.