Tuesday, June 5, 2007

The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter — a Theme Park

[. . .] Warner Brothers and Universal studios plan to take fans of the schoolboy magician on another (expensive) adventure with the creation of a billion-dollar park in Orlando, Florida.

The film-makers believe that they can recreate the dream of every child reader, and probably a few million adults too, who have imagined themselves flying in a game of Quidditch or walking into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for a lesson in spells rather than spelling.

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Rowling has been involved in the project from the beginning. She said yesterday: “The plans I’ve seen look incredibly exciting, and I don’t think fans of the books or films will be disappointed.”

There are plans for visitors to wander through a lifesize Hogwarts Castle, encountering some of the characters and seeing “magic” recreated in front of them. There will also be Forbidden Forest and the village of Hogsmeade, home to wizards and magical creatures, with its steep roofed slate-and-stone buildings and eccentric shops selling broomsticks, cauldrons, wands and magic potions. The Hogwarts Express will be steaming away at the rail station. [. . .]
Details here and here.

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