Universal Studios Japan's Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction will open July 15, the theme park announced Friday at an event attended by Japanese and foreign dignitaries.
The $500-million Wizarding World, similar to an attraction that opened at
The themed land, part of the 108-acre theme park in Osaka, will feature attractions such as Hogsmeade Village, the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride, and Hogwarts castle.
Universal Studios Japan unveiled that castle -- the focal point of the Wizarding World -- at an event attended by Caroline Kennedy, U.S. ambassador to Japan, and Japanese Prime Minister
Universal Studios Hollywood will open a similar Wizarding World attraction in 2016. The project is under construction.
Warner Bros.' eight-picture "Harry Potter" film series sold more than $7.7 billion in movie tickets worldwide before coming to an end in 2011 with "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2."
Universal Studios licenses the "Harry Potter" intellectual property from Warner Bros. for use in the theme parks.
In September, Burbank-based Warner Bros. said that it would produce a series of movies inspired by "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," a 42-page fictional Hogwarts textbook that author J.K. Rowling wrote in 2001 to accompany her "Potter" novels.