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    Forum Universal Studios to open Harry Potter theme park!



    Latest Developments (10 AM EST):
    - Official park website now open; visitors can sign up for e-mail updates.
    - JK Rowling: "The plans Iíve seen look incredibly exciting, and I donít think fans of the books or films will be disappointed."

    Universal Studios and Warner Brothers made a joint announcement this evening from Leavesden Studios on the set of Dumbledore's Office to reveal that a Harry Potter theme park is currently in development. The image to the left is the first piece of concept art for the park: Hogsmeade Village.

    Here's what we learned from Potter set designer Stuart Craig and a representative from Universal Studios (both of them hosted the big reveal):

    - "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort"
    - Announcement was made live via internet at 12:01 AM EST today to select media, including MuggleNet.
    - Areas of park to include Hogsmeade, Hogwarts Castle, and the Forbidden Forest.
    - 20 engineers working on project.
    - Universal came to WB looking for authenticity.
    - Potter park to be built in "Islands of Adventure" area of Universal.
    - Stuart wants to "take his grandchildren" to the park.
    - Opening early 2010.
    - Universal's Potter website to be available at this link.
    - JK Rowling has been involved "since the very beginning" of the project. Also "supportive and encouraging."
    - Stuart thinks that the park will be better off in the United States.
    - Have been in design "for at least a year and a half."
    - "Important that the theme park represents the entire saga from Book 1 to Book 7"

    In a rather cute way to end the announcement, the Universal representative asks Stuart Craig, "Now where's Dumbledore?" Stuart paused for a moment, looked around the office, and replied, "He was just here."

    http://www.universalorlando.com/harrypotter

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    i heard this morning on the news. very interesting, kids will be wxtremly happy when they'll visit.. i heard itwill be an exact replica of the harry potter world

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