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Saturday 23 August 2014

Potter stars open park in Japan

Tom Felton opened the new Harry Potter attraction in Japan

Harry Potter stars Tom Felton and Evanna Lynch have cast a spell to open a new wizarding attraction in Japan.

The actors - who played Draco Malfoy and Luna Lovegood in the movie adaptations of JK Rowling's wizarding tales - chanted a special spell to officially open the Wizarding World Of Harry Potter attraction at Universal Studios Japan, said the Hollywood Reporter.

After their spell, smoke filled the archway entrance.

When it cleared, the hundreds of fans who had queued to be there got their first glimpse of the new Hogsmeade village, which is full of themed restaurants and shops such as wand maker Ollivanders.

Actress Evanna told the crowd: "Thank you for sharing your passion and your enthusiasm for the films and books with us as all, because it means so much after all these years to still have that love."

The attraction in Osaka features many elements of the boy wizard's world, including a huge Hogwarts Castle, where fans can explore the classrooms, and a Hogwarts Express train.

Visitors can also enjoy the Harry Potter And the Forbidden Journey ride and the family-friendly Flight Of The Hippogriff roller-coaster.

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