The One with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Oh snaps.

That was the short version. If you've got time, I recommend watching the loooong version:

"The books shattered sales records, the films made billions, now a Harry Potter theme park is to be launched to extract extra cash from parents around the globe. Universal Orlando Resort, Florida, is promising an experience so magical it will be “unlike any other experience on earth” when it opens in spring 2010. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will allow fans to take a “forbidden journey” to Hogwarts Castle, visit the wand shop Ollivanders and take a Hippogriff training flight which, to the adult eyes, may resemble a carefully-crafted rollercoaster. The Owlery, dreamed up by author J. K. Rowling and featured in the Harry Potter films, will be recreated, with birds nesting in the rafters and visitors able to post letters, adorned with the Hogsmeade postmark, via The Owl Post. Fans can also visit Dervish and Banges, the magical instruments and equipment shop, which will be stocked with Quidditch tools, Triwizard apparel, spectrespecs and Remembralls. Food and drinks will be served at The Three Broomsticks and Hog's Head pub. Unveiled yesterday in a webcast hosted by Mark Woodbury, President Universal Creative, the company, responsible for Universal Studios, gave a lesson in hype. Woodbury called the park a “monumental project”, while stars of the films gave breathless quotes. Daniel Radcliffe, who has embodied the much-loved Harry for all six films, said: “I would come out of films when I was younger and absolutely just wish that world could be real and that I could be a part of it, so it’s amazing that people will get to do that." Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley said: “It’s going to be like walking into the films and really experiencing it." The theme park has the backing of Rowling, who has amassed an estimated wealth of £499 million since publishing her first Harry Potter book in 1997. She released the seventh and final book in the series in 2007. The film of the last installment will be split into two and released in 2010 and 2011, bringing the movie series to a close."

At least I'll be able to get my Harry Potter fix for the rest of my life, even after the movies have commenced and after I've devoured the books for the upteenth time by going to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Florida!


  1. I'm peeing my pants. They were building this last year when I went to Universal. I can't wait to go.


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