Harry Potter theme park to be built in Hollywood
A NEW Harry Potter theme park is to be built at Hollywood's Universal Studios, NBC Universal and film studio Warner Bros have announced.
The "Wizarding World of Harry Potter" will be built inside Universal Studios Hollywood and will feature attractions similar to the Harry Potter theme park that opened at Universal's resort in Orlando, Florida, in June last year.
The new theme park could take three or four years to build and is likely to cost several hundred million dollars.
The two companies – Universal, which runs the theme parks, and Warner Bros, which owns the rights to the Harry Potter films – also announced that the "Wizarding World" in Florida would be expanded.
The Hollywood park will be centred around a huge Hogwarts castle and feature rides and other attractions based on the adventures of the wizard and his friends.
Author J.K Rowling's Harry Potter book series have sold some 450 million copies worldwide and the eight movies from the Warner Bros studios have taken more than $7.7 billion at global box-offices, making Harry Potter the largest-grossing film franchise in history.
Officials did not say how many of the Florida rides would make their way to the Hollywood park, nor did they say if any new rides were envisaged. But they said the new attraction would be created with the same commitment to authenticity with the books and movies as the one in Florida.
Warner Bros Chairman Barry Meyer called the announcement "probably the best holiday gift we could give to the legions of Harry Potter fans worldwide."
"Everyone involved with these projects is committed to continuing the enchantment of J.K. Rowling's masterful books as they were brought to life on screen in our eight films and dedicated to extending the magic of the experience for generations of fans to come," Meyer said.