Believe it or not, this year marks the 20th anniversary of the very first Harry Potter film, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”. While it’s hard to believe that two decades have passed since the franchise began, there’s no doubt that the world of Harry Potter is more popular than ever.
To commemorate the occasion, Tokyo hosts a number of Potter-themed events, including a holiday illumination and a pop-up store dedicated to the Boy Who Lived. If you’re in the Tokyo area, don’t miss these Muggle-friendly events.
Marunouchi is free annual holiday illumination features magical Christmas trees and Potterverse-inspired exhibits, with key scenes from the first film in the Marunouchi neighborhood. Catch the giant 9m tall Hogwarts magic tree in the Marunouchi building, which features a light show with 3D holograms. Next, head to the 30m-high Tree of Owl Post outside Tokyo Torch Park, which is made up of Christmas fairy lights.
If you are a fan of the Fantastic Beasts movies and books, there is the Tree of Fantastic Beasts in the Marunouchi Oazo building featuring some of the particular creatures from the magic manual. The displays will be available until Christmas Day, so don’t miss your chance to snap photos and view them all.
Coinciding with the Potter-themed Christmas festivities in Marunouchi, 25 area Tully’s Coffee stores now offer a special collection of Harry Potter merchandise and a seasonal drink. Stay warm and cozy with the Treacle Tart Latte inspired by one of Harry’s favorite desserts, or check out a few items from your Christmas list from the range of tumblers and mugs available.
The popular British Library exhibition in London has finally made its way to Tokyo after a stint in Nagoya and will be on display at the Tokyo Station Gallery from December 18 to March 27, 2022. The exhibition includes a series of first notes and sketches by author JK Rowling as well as an in-depth review of books and films with rare items from the British Library documenting the myths and popular beliefs that inspired Rowling’s Potter universe.
Can’t you wait? You can discover part of the exhibition in line for free now. The online version includes stories of men and women falsely accused of witchcraft in the 17th century, as well as an overview of illustrations made for the books by illustrator Jim Kay.
Tickets for the exhibition are now on sale through the Lawson Ticket Site.
This limited-time pop-up store inside the Tokyo Solamachi Mall will be open until January 18 and features an exciting range of Potter merchandise including handkerchiefs, dress shirts with Hogwarts house emblems, sweatshirts. shirts, bags of chocolate coins, chocolate chopsticks and much more. Following. Fans of the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films can also purchase exclusive items featuring scenes and characters from the films.
Buyers who spend more than 3,300 will receive a special reward card that comes in four different designs representing each Hogwarts house, as well as a fifth model based on Hogwarts itself. There is also a online shop if you prefer to avoid the crowds.
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