(From The Guardian) Japan’s enduring fascination with Harry Potter has generated colossal box office receipts and book sales, and his very own theme park attraction.
His creator, JK Rowling, selected a remote island in southern Japan as the location for one of four international magic schools.
But now the quintessentially English adventure has been given a Japanese makeover, with the release of a series of manga renditions of Harry, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley et al.
The 13 characters, which include the headmaster of Hogwarts school, Albus Dumbledore, Professor Snape and Harry’s owl, Hedwig, were created by a Japanese design company in collaboration with the film studio Shochiku.
For now the illustrations, licensed by Warner Bros., will be sold only in Japan.
A collection of 13 plastic folders, each featuring a character on the front and designs from the four houses of Hogwarts on the back, went on sale online last month. Rubber rubber stamps, badges and key rings are due to be released soon.
The characters are given the usual manga treatment – lustrous hair, outsized eyes and tiny feet.