Say konichiwa to official Japanese-style Harry Potter illustrations

  • AFP, Tokyo
  • Updated: Feb 03, 2016 18:52 IST
Hermione, Professor Snape and Harry in their Japanese avatars. (Warner Bros)

Harry Potter and his wizarding friends have been transmogrified into cartoon characters in Japan, a country which remains bewitched by the fantasy world of Hogwarts and its magical inhabitants.

Thirteen anime-style illustrations, including Harry and his sidekicks Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, were created by a Japanese design company and went on sale last month adorning a collection of plastic folders, with badges and key chains to hit stores soon.

Read: Hogwarts not the only one: Rowling reveals other wizarding schools

The Harry Potter movies were box-office gold in Japan, the seven films raking in almost $900 million and watched by more than 78 million cinema-goers.

Professor Dumbledore, Fred & George Weasley and Remus Lupin. (Warner Bros)

Typically, the Japanese version of the characters get the full “manga” treatment with shimmering hair tumbling from oversized heads fitted with large bug eyes. The merchandise will be sold in Japan only.

Sirius Black, Draco Malfoy and Ron Weasley. (Warner Bros)

Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore, the brooding Professor Snape and Harry’s faithful owl Hedwig have also been given a cartoon makeover, in a collaboration involving Japanese film studio Shochiku and licensed by Warner Bros.

Hedwig, James Potter and Buckbeak the Hippogriff. (Warner Bros)

Read: New Fantastic Beasts clip takes us behind the Harry Potter spinoff

Japan is obsessed with the British children’s adventure, with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter -- a sprawling attraction at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka based on the movie set that opened in 2014 -- attracting record numbers of visitors to the park.

The complete set of Harry Potter characters released by Warner Bros. (Warner Bros)

Follow @htshowbiz for more

also read

Amid divorce rumours, Chris Hemsworth says he’s already looking for a new wife
Show comments