Singapore's Changi Airport brings Harry Potter's Wizarding World to life, offering travelers an immersive experience - from picking out their robes in Madam Malkin's Robes for all Occasions shop to trying to play Quidditch and even visit Newt Scamander's (Eddie Redmayne) Menagerie as seen in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
One of the biggest transportation hubs in Southeast Asia, Changi Airport is hailed as the World's Best Airport for the sixth consecutive time by Skytrax - a United Kingdom–based consultancy which runs an airline and airport review and ranking site. Opening in 1981, the airport continues to strive for greatness with consistent facility upgrades in the hopes of giving its millions of visitors the best time possible. Changi offers world-class shopping and dining, as well as the option to catch a movie and spa services during long layovers. But it's also known for its seasonal and themed decorations, the latest of which might just entice all Harry Potter fans immediately pack their bags for a visit.
CNN reports that Singapore's Changi Airport has installed life-size replicas of the well-known locations from the Harry Potter books such as Hogsmeade Village, Madam Puddifoot's tea shop, Zonko's joke shop, Owl Post and even the Hogwarts Express train all in Terminal 3 alongside Diagon Alley. Terminal 2, on the other hand, has the Whomping Willow tree.
The decor isn't only aptly timed for the fast approaching holidays, but also with the release of the latest film from the wizarding mythos - The Crimes of Grindelwald with Terminal 1 housing Newt's magical Menagerie. The second installment from the prequel saga, which was launched in 2016 via Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, the sequel inches fans closer to the main Harry Potter timeline with the introduction of more familiar characters such as young Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) and Geller Grindelwald (Johnny Depp), not to mention the reveal of Nagini's (Claudia Kim) past life. The film also saw the return of the mysterious Credence (Ezra Miller), as well as the main four leads of the series - Newt, Tina (Katherine Waterston), Jacob (Dan Fogler) and Queenie (Alison Sudol).
The film didn't make as much money domestically as its predecessor, pocketing only $62 million compared to $74 during its opening weekend. However, the international markets really bumped up its box office tally earning $191 million in its first three days compared to Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them's $145 million - proving that the magic of the franchise is still very much alive in other parts of the globe.
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald/Fantastic Beasts 2 (2018) release date: Nov 16, 2018