For a limited time, starting March 17, 2023, guests can engage with magical creatures from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts stories in new limited-time interactive Magical Creatures Encounters at Universal Studios Japan.
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Four new magical Wizarding World creatures will soon appear in Hogsmeade Village, including the Hippogriff, which Harry met in “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban;” the Niffler, who hoarded shiny treasures in the Fantastic Beasts series; an adorable Pygmy Puff; and a smoke-breathing baby dragon.
“In The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, you can really encounter the magical creatures,” said Pierre Bohana, the head prop maker from all eight Harry Potter films and the Fantastic Beast films. “The Hippogriff is so authentic and awe-inspiring to watch its every movement […] the Niffler and Pygmy Puff are so lovely and emotional, you are sure to become friends with them – but take care, or you might get scolded or sulked at – and the baby dragon is adorable because it’s so young, but you never know what they will do, so take the utmost care.”
Magical Creatures Encounters
Guests will be able to interact with magical creatures just like the students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
- Hippogriff Magical Lesson – A Hippogriff, the proud creature with the head of an eagle and a horse’s body (just like the one Harry met in his first Care of Magical Creatures class), appears with outstretched wings. Learn how to approach and interact with the proud creature alongside students from all four Hogwarts houses in the new “Hippogriff Magical Lesson” show.
- Meet the Hogsmeade Magical Creatures – You’ll find magical creatures all over Hogsmeade, including a Niffler rummaging through a cart of mail in front of the Owl Post in search of shiny treasures, a newly hatched baby dragon being secretly carried by a creature trader in front of Hogsmeade Station, and a Pygmy Puff in front of Zonko’s Joke Shop.
Also coming this spring to Universal Studios Japan are exclusive products featuring Bowtruckles, the small, magical creatures from the Fantastic Beast films.
Click here for more information about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Japan.