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Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Now in 3D Only at Universal Studios Japan

From Warner Bros --

To celebrate greater magic in the second year at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios Japan, a ceremony for the announcement of “New Magical Experience” and its advance premiere was held today, May 20th (Wed).

The world’s leading attraction “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” has been evolved into 3D and will open tomorrow on May 21st as the first and only in the world. With Harry Potter film talent Tom Felton and Katie Leung, and Universal Studios Japan’s ambassador SMAP, a spell was cast upon the magnificent Hogwarts castle to celebrate the opening of this new experience.

Thunderous cheer was heard from three hundred Harry Potter fans wearing scarves of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry at 19:40, when the ceremony started, the members of SMAP, Universal Studios Japan’s ambassadors, appeared on the stage in front of Hogwarts castle, and introduced Harry Potter film talent Tom Felton, who portrayed Harry Potter’s classmate and nemesis Draco Malfoy, and Katie Leung, who portrayed Cho Chang famous for Harry’s first crush, made an appearance with Glenn Gumpel, Chairman and CEO of USJ, Co., when he announced to open “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” in 4K3D, which has been evolved into 3D for the first time. The fans reacted with cheers and surprises.

Along with the fans, they all cast “Expecto Patronum” towards Hogwarts castle. Then the crowd squealed for joy as eagle, rabbit, weasel and stag Patronuses appeared on the walls of Hogwarts, followed by a special display of fireworks.

All the celebrities had experienced “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” prior to the ceremony. Tom commented, “It was always a great ride, now it’s even more immersive. I tried to grab the golden snitch several times. Then Katie said that I tried to grab the snitch but it was unsuccessful. Coming face to face with the dragon and Dementor was terrifying.

SMAP, who participated at the ceremony as Universal Studios Japan’s ambassadors made the following statements. Mr. Inagaki said “ I am not good at ride, but I became addicted to the ride attraction due to this Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.” Mr. Kusanagi commented “ It is awesome. I want everybody to experience it.”

“Greater Magic in the 2nd Year. I was surprised that Universal Studios Japan made the world best which is beyond the own world best”, said Mr. Katori. “This attraction won’t disappoint the people who experience the ride last year and it is too awesome to remember the previous one “ Mr. Nakai commented. Mr. Kimura said that I was proud of having the world best and 1st entertainment in the world in Japan here.

CEO of USJ Co., Ltd, operating company of Universal Studios Japan, Glenn Gumpel made the following statement. “In 2014, so many guests visited The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Japan. I’d like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all of you. As promised Universal Studios Japan will continue to deliver the “World’s Best” entertainments and will keep taking on new challenges.

Ceremony Attendees
• Glenn Gumpel, CEO of USJ Co., Ltd
• Tom Felton, Actor, Draco Malfoy from the “Harry Potter” movie series
• Katie Leung, Actress, Cho Chang from the “Harry Potter” movie series
• SMAP, Universal Studios Japan Ambassadors



Exciting News on "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" at Universal Studios Hollywood coming June 2

From Universal Studios Hollywood --

 On Tuesday, June 2 at 1PM ET / 10AM PT, Universal Studios Hollywood will reveal exciting news about the much-anticipated 2016 arrival of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™”.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 2, 2015

For more information, visit Join the conversation online using #WizardingWorldHollywood and for all the latest news, “Like” us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and Twitter at @UniStudios.

Universal Studios HollywoodSM, The Entertainment Capital of L.A.SM, includes a full-day, movie-based theme park, behind-the-scenes Studio Tour and CityWalk entertainment complex. World-class rides and attractions include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land,” “Transformers™: The Ride-3D,” “King Kong 360 3-D” “Revenge of the MummySM—The Ride” and “Jurassic Park® —The Ride.” All new 2015 attractions include the electrifying thrill ride, “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” as the grand finale to the famed Studio Tour, “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons RideTM” and the “Nighttime Studio Tour,” offering tours of the iconic movie backlot on select evenings.


Trivial Pursuit: World of Harry Potter giveaway!

Who loves Harry Potter trivia? WHO DOESN'T?!?

This week, TheDailySnitcher is giving away a game every Harry Potter fan will love. In fact, we can't say enough good things about Trivial Pursuit: The World of Harry Potter. It's as fun as a barrel full of Puffles and makes an absolutely perfect gift for Potter fans - especially those heading off to a college dorm room soon ...

Trivial Pursuit: World of Harry Potter game 


We love that it's so small and portable. There's no need for a bulky game board - you can just grab the cards and go! It comes with a die and that's it - no need for any other paraphernalia.

Some questions are simple, some are medium and others are downright difficult, making a good range for casual and serious fans alike. One thing to note, however: The trivia questions are based on the movies, not the books. So if you get the question: "What does Harry use to destroy the diadem of Rowena Ravenclaw?" and you answer "Fiendfyre," you'll get it wrong. In the movies, Harry stabbed the diadem with a basilisk fang before Ron kicked it into the Fiendfyre, so "A basilisk fang" is listed as the answer. Due to the numerous book/movie differences, at worst a spirited debate might ensue for those fully immersed in Potterology.

We're holding a giveaway for Trivial Pursuit: World of Harry Potter for our readers! All you have to do to enter for your chance to win is to email us and put TRIVIAL PURSUIT in the subject line. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends Sunday, May 17.

Those wishing to purchase the game can do so here


Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 May 2015 11:50 )

Potted Potter Returns to The Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC

From Potted Potter --

The Shakespeare Theatre Company, recipient of the 2012 Regional Theatre Tony Award®, is pleased to announce the return of Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience—A Parody by Dan and Jeff, a 75-minute comedy production featuring all seven Harry Potter books, written and performed by two-time Olivier Award-nominated actors Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner. The production returns for a three-week engagement, May 30 – June 21, 2015, in the Company’s Lansburgh Theatre (450 7th Street NW).

“A fabulously funny parody. Will tickle the funny bone of every age group.”

A critic's pick by The New York Times, New York Magazine, Boston Globe, Chicago Daily Herald, and Time Out London, Potted Potter takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing, or "potting," all seven Harry Potter books into 75 madcap minutes, aided by multiple costume changes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic. The two former BBC hosts also invite audiences to engage in a real-life game of Quidditch, played according to Clarkson and Turner's unique (and definitely not canon) set of rules.

After a record-breaking run in Toronto, Potted Potter played a hit, off-Broadway run at The Little Shubert Theater, (the show has since returned to both cities as part of its third record-breaking North American tour). This Monty Python-esque show has also sold out theatres across London, Edinburgh, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Dubai.

Potted Potter runs May 30 – June 21 in the Lansburgh Theatre and is produced by Starvox Entertainment and Potted Productions with tickets now on sale. To purchase or to learn more, patrons can call the box office at 202.547.1122 or visit


Harry Potter: The Exhibition - Paris review

Earlier this month, DailySnitcher rep Astri attended a press preview event for Harry Potter: The Exhibition held at La Cité du Cinéma in Paris. The film studio complex is the third stage of the European tour, following stopovers in Germany and Sweden, and is currently open to the public. Here is her report:

James and Oliver Phelps 
When I arrived at 4:30pm at La Cité du Cinéma, I was really excited to explore the exhibition and meet James and Oliver Phelps. The meet and greet with the twins was scheduled at 5pm and right after that, the tour of the exhibition with Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima. That meant I had 30 minutes all to myself to visit the exhibition. I took in as much as I could and as many pictures as I could.

As I passed the entrance door, in a small room, there it was: the Sorting Hat. Nice way to start off the tour! I tried on the hat, all alone, on that small stool and got Sorted into Ravenclaw, my favourite house. Excitement built up even more inside of me. 

 Hogwarts Express
Next up, I was invited to view sequences from the Harry Potter films in a room filled with screens and at the end I could hear the whistle of a train, that’s when a wall rose to reveal the Hogwarts Express. I was then escorted along a platform to the portrait gallery, and that really kicked off the exhibition.

I found myself in the Gryffindor Common Room where there were many objects that belonged to the trio – from Harry’s wand and glasses, to the knitted sweater by Ron's mother, to the Marauder's Map.

Quidditch robes 
Then I saw costumes and props from some of the Hogwarts classrooms: Potions, Defense Against the Dark Arts, Divination and Herbology. I pulled out a mandrake and heard its cries, as if I was attending Herbology class.

In the Quidditch section, I saw many objects such as the Golden Snitch, the Quidditch World Cup Trophy and Harry's brooms. Ever fancy trying to play Quidditch? Then you can be a Chaser for a few moments by trying to throw the Quaffle into one of the three hoop goal post. It was quite fun!

Hagrid props 
Afterwards, there was Hagrid’s Hut. Buckbeak the hippogriff stood right next it, and inside, all the furniture and props are giant sized. One of them is the famous pink umbrella. I also got to sit on Hagrid’s chair. 

Then I entered The Forbidden Forest filled with its magical creatures such as the centaurs, giant spiders and dragons. Seeing the size of the spiders, I totally understand Ron’s fear! Next up were the dark forces in a dark gloomy room, where I saw Voldemort’s costume and the Death Eaters’ robes and masks, and even a life-sized gravestone for of Tom Riddle. Seeing that gravestone made my heart ache a little, thinking about Cedric Diggory’s death. 

Wizard chessman 
Moving on, there was the creepy Dementor, the uniform of Azkaban's prisoners, as well as Kreacher, the Black family’s House Elf. All of the six Horcruxes were on display there, as well as some of the giant wizard chessmen guarding one of the chambers hiding the Philosopher's Stone. Imagining those pawns come to life during a game of wizard chess is really fantastic.

Hanging on the walls next to the Great Hall doors are some of the Educational Decrees created by the Ministry of Magic. Inside the Great Hall, illuminated by candles that float above the room, you can see the prom dresses for the Yule Ball, as well as Dumbledore’s costumes and a life-sized Dobby. I was especially fascinated by all the sweets and candy packages from Honeydukes and all the food that can be found on the Great Hall tables. Seeing all that made me hungry !

Yule Ball costumes 
I went back to the main entrance for the meet and greet with the Phelps twins. After the photo session, we took a tour of the exhibition accompanied by Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima. They shared with us the process of making of the props and the designs on the sets, and the stories behind them.

When I finally reached the exit and entered the souvenir shop, reality kicked in and I was really sad that it was already over. All those costumes, props and set pieces, made me feel as if I was truly in that magical place. I was able to enter the world of Harry Potter, not only in my imagination. And going through the exhibition with MinaLima and listening to them talking about designing the props, the sets and all the fun facts about the making of the movies, was almost overwhelming, and truly a day to remember.
More images from the exhibition can be seen here in our galleries. 
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 April 2015 14:00 )
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