Caroline Kennedy from left, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Universal Studios Japan president Glenn and actress Evanna Lynch wave wands during the grand-opening for the Osaka park's Wizarding World of Harry Potter. (Getty Images / April 18, 2014)
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will open at Universal Studios Japan on July 15, 2014, the Osaka theme park announced on Friday.
Once open, Universal's Islands of Adventure in Orlando will no longer be the exclusive theme park home of Hogwarts castle and other elements of the Potterverse that emerged from the eight films based on the seven books by writer J.K. Rowling.
The grand-opening announcement -- made by Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe of Japan and Caroline Kennedy, ambassador of the United States of America to Japan -- was accompanied by fireworks and a light show at the site. Also attending were Evanna Lynch, who played Luna Lovegood in "Potter" films, and art director/production designer Stuart Craig.
The website for the Universal Studios Japan's Wizarding World shows a Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride, a Flight of the Hippogriff attraction and the town of Hogsmeade, much like the original in Orlando, which opened in 2010.
Universal Studios Florida is preparing its own sequel, dubbed the Wizarding World of Harry Potter -- Diagon Alley. It is scheduled to open this summer, but a more precise opening date has not been announced.
Another Wizarding World is planned for Universal Studios Hollywood. The California attraction is expected to open in 2016.