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Japan – Day 14 – Harry Potter World

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My main reason I wanted to go to Osaka was this. The Harry Potter World at Universal Studios Japan.
Trying to get a ticket online was a nightmare, so I ended up going to USJ early in the morning to queue instead. Apparently you could be standing there for hours but it turned out fine. I wasn’t very bothered about the rest of the world, but for the Harry Potter World you need to reserve a time slot to gain entry which my was my top priority.

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I had about 30 min to check out the rest of USJ until I could visit HPW.

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And then it was time. I rarely get visibly excited about things but for this I couldn’t stop smiling.

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I love this shot, looks like he just crashed the Ford Anglia.

A couple of minutes walk through a “forest” before reaching Hogsmead.

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29°C warm and the “snow covered” roofs didn’t really match. But that didn’t matter, there was so much to look at. And compared to the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio in London you could actually enter all the shops.

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You could buy Chocolate frogs, Every-flavour beans, Pumpin juice, Jumping Snakes, Chocolate Wands, Fudge Flies, Fizzing Whizzbees, Peppermint Toads, Candy Floss, Exploding Bonbons, and more. It was extremely busy in there though.

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Beuxbautons and Durmstrang performance

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Floating brooms

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Nope, not happening.

You could go on the “Flight of the Hippogriff” ride too, but I’m not a big fan of rides.

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Instead I went for a walk inside Hogwarts. And of course there was a queue for that too. I had plenty of time though.

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It’s weird to see and hear Salazar’s and Helga’s portraits having a conversation in Japanese.

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A nice 3D projection of Harry, Ron and Hermione. Also speaking Japanese.

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When I got back out the queue to the Butterbeer shop was shorter, so I got myself a Iced Butterbeer. Better than the normal (that’s also served in London)

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While I was having a break, trying to take it all in, a couple of kids came up to me and wanted a picture (weirdly enough this kept on happening and it’s confusing every time)

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A real owl at the Owlery

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Way pass lunchtime I got hungry and decided to eat at The Three Broomsticks (It wasn’t a hard decision)

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I was amazed by this building. Felt like an old english pub but with the quirkiness of the magical world. I’m surprised it was so cosy even though it was so busy.
I ordered “The Hogwarts feast for one”, tasty. Although the roasted potatoes weren’t that great.

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The head occasionally moved and made noices

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You could access the Hog’s Head from here. They even had Fire Whiskey at the back (not sure if you could buy that though…). But they had their own beer called the Hog’s Head Brew. While enjoying my lunch I thought that it would be cool to open a pub like this in Stockholm. Sweden need to take more from the English culture. And especially when it’s Harry Potter inspired. I reckon this would work in Stockholm.

After a couple of hours at the Harry Potter World it was still hard to leave, it felt like home, but I decided to head back.

I’m Daniel Stenberg. A user experience/interface designer from Stockholm. (I also do a bit of hobby photography)

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  • Frida
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    Frida Frida

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    Tänk dig Hog’s head i Gamla stan!


    • Daniel Stenberg
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      Daniel Stenberg Daniel Stenberg

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      Ja! Alltså det skulle vara så bra. Låt oss bli rika och starta det!


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