Tag - harry-potter



A pedestrian walks past a theatre promoting the "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" show in the West End district of London in 2020.
WORLD / Society
Dec 27, 2023
Researchers draw on Harry Potter to magic future AI into our world
The books’ enduring influence, wide range of language and complex wordplay make them particularly valuable for work on generative artificial intelligence.
Tokyo now boasts five different Quidditch teams, while universities in Osaka and Kyoto also play host to their own clubs.
COMMUNITY / Issues / The Foreign Element
Nov 4, 2023
'Accio broomstick!' Quidditch is back and open to everyone
From relatively humble beginnings, Quidditch has continued to grow in popularity across Japan.
Japan Times
Jun 16, 2023
World's largest indoor Harry Potter theme park opens in Tokyo
The theme park opened Friday in Tokyo, welcoming fans hoping to immerse themselves in the fantasy world of the blockbuster movie series.
Japan Times
Jun 14, 2023
Harry Potter theme park in Tokyo shown to media before weekend opening
During the media preview, a number of moving portraits, as depicted in the movie series, were unveiled for the first time.
Japan Times
Apr 24, 2023
Harry Potter theme park in Tokyo unveiled ahead of June 16 opening
Elementary school students were invited to see various features of the Hogwarts hall, such as animal-shaped candle holders, its flagstone floor and life-sized statues of the characters.
Japan Times
Mar 26, 2023
Harry Potter studio park to open June in Tokyo, the first outside Britain
The Tokyo version will be the largest indoor Harry Potter attraction in the world, and visitors can expect to spend around four hours exploring.
Japan Times
LIFE / Digital / ON: GAMES
Feb 4, 2023
Hogwarts versus transgender rights, Blizzard versus Beijing
Can you truly separate the art from the artist? For many gamers, Hogwarts Legacy is their first such test.
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design / ON: FASHION
Apr 11, 2021
Pop culture paraphernalia is where fashion is at — if you can afford it
After many stores shut their doors last month, there's now a pop culture-tinged positivity imbuing Japan's fashion scene.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 31, 2020
Tokyo's Toshimaen amusement park ends 94-year run to make way for Harry Potter
Most of the 22-hectare site will be purchased by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, which plans to build a park there.
Japan Times
Jun 13, 2020
Toshimaen calls it quits, to be replaced by Harry Potter theme park in 2023
The 94-year-old amusement park, which has entertained generations, will close for good in August.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 3, 2020
'Harry Potter' theme park eyed to replace Tokyo's Toshimaen
The new facility will be a departure from the Harry Potter attraction in Osaka.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 3, 2019
Pokemon Go developer releases new Harry Potter mobile game in Japan
One of the developers of the smash-hit mobile game Pokemon Go jointly released Tuesday a new Harry Potter game for smartphones in Japan, featuring augmented reality technology that blends "wizarding" with the real world.
Japan Times
Nov 27, 2018
Katherine Waterston discusses making magic in 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald'
From the get-go, "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" makes it clear that the new installment of J.K. Rowling's "Fantastic Beasts" franchise will be gloomier and heavier than the first film, a playful romp set in New York during the age of jazz.
Japan Times
Nov 21, 2018
'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald': Wizards and wands, but no magic
Quick: what's a good spell against boredom? After getting off to a nimble start with "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" in 2016, J.K. Rowling's five-part prequel to the "Harry Potter" series is already starting to feel like an almighty slog. While its predecessor was a fleet and frothy caper,...
Sep 23, 2017
The literary magic of Harry Potter
Will the ultra popular Harry Potter series stand the test of time?
Japan Times
Jun 27, 2017
At platform 9¾, Harry Potter fans mark 20 years of magic
Twenty years to the day after the first book in the Harry Potter series was published, fans gathered online and in the real world to express their enduring love for J.K. Rowling's magical creation.
Japan Times
Jan 14, 2017
Recalling the ins and outs of our memory
In the Harry Potter films, Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore shows the young wizard memories that he keeps in glass vessels. The franchise portrays memories as things that possess a physical structure that can be moved around. Although they appear to look like wispy bits of fluff, they are given...
Japan Times
Dec 1, 2016
Tokyo Comic Con calls on Hollywood's big guns for star power
As we sit down for an interview, Tokyo Comic Convention Committee Chairman Mitsuaki Munegumi casually points to a glass case in the center of the room.
Japan Times
Nov 11, 2016
'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,' latest in Potter series, hits bookstores in Japan
The Japanese-language version of the latest book in the Harry Potter series, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," was released Friday.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Jan 30, 2016
'Harry Potter' author reveals Japanese wizarding school
J.K. Rowling, author of the fantasy series “Harry Potter,” has let muggles in on a big secret — there is a hidden magic school in Japan.


Akiko Trush says her experience with the neurological disorder dystonia left her feeling like she wanted to chop her own hand off.
The neurological disorder that 'kills culture'