Universal Hosting a Hogwarts Celebration! How You Can Watch

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On April 23, a State of Emergency was issued for Osaka, Japan due to the sharp increase in COVID-19 cases throughout the area. This prompted another closure of Universal Studios Japan.

The closure was originally only supposed to last until May 11, however, Universal Studios Japan has recently announced that the State of Emergency has been extended, and the theme park will remain closed.

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On May 7, Universal Japan tweeted:

[Notice of extension of temporary closure] With the extension of the “state of emergency” to Osaka Prefecture, Universal Studios Japan will continue to be temporarily closed due to the ongoing requests for practical closure of theme parks in the prefecture. Please see below for the handling of tickets during the holiday period.

While the theme park may be closed, that does not mean that Universal Studios wants to leave its Guests in the lurch. Universal Japan announced on its Twitter feed today that it would be hosting a virtual live stream called “Hogwarts™ Magical Celebration”. The event will take place tomorrow night at 7 p.m. Osaka time.

May 9th 19: 00 ~ “Hogwarts ™・ Magical Celebration ” An online special appreciation event will be held! \ The full-length online castle show with the theme of four dormitories to be held in 2019! Watch it together #USJatHome Let’s talk with each other!#USJ ※ The park is currently closed temporarily.

The Universal Japan Hogwarts Castle projection show originally launched in 2019 in celebration of the 5th anniversary of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the theme park. The projections celebrate each of the four Hogwarts Houses — Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, and Ravenclaw.

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If you want to watch this magical celebration, and you live in the United States, be prepared to wake up early. Osaka is 13 hours ahead of states on East Coast time, meaning the show will be at 6 a.m. EST and 3 a.m. PST. However, due to the fact that it will be streamed on YouTube, it is possible you may be able to watch the show at a later time that is more convenient for you!

Will you be watching ‘Hogwarts ™ A Magical Celebration”? Let us know in the comments!

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