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Soon you will no longer have to worry about dirtying your robes with soot while traveling the Floo Network, suffering the uncomfortable sensations of apparition or stumbling upon a port key in order to reach the magical world of Harry Potter.


Within three years, the only thing you?ll have to conjure up is a ticket to Orlando, Fla.


Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Universal Orlando Resort plan to open The Wizarding World of Harry Potter within Universal's Islands of Adventure theme park in 2009, Tom Williams, chairman and CEO of Universal Parks and Resorts, announced Thursday on TODAY. The ?theme park within a theme park? is the first fully immersive Harry Potter-themed environment based on the bestselling books by J.K. Rowling and the blockbuster feature films.


"The plans I've seen look incredibly exciting, and I don't think fans of the books or films will be disappointed," J.K. Rowling in a press release. Williams said Rowling has been collaborating on the park from the beginning and will continue to do so through the opening.




'Authentic world'

Visitors can stroll about Hogsmeade, discover the mysteries of the Forbidden Forest and explore Hogwarts castle.


"(Visitors will) be able to sense the sights, the sound, the touch and the feel, the smells and really immerse themselves in this authentic world," Williams said.


Stuart Craig, the Academy-Award winning production designer who has worked on the Harry Potter movies, is leading the creative design on the park to ensure it remains true to the look and feel of the films.


?Our primary goal is to make sure this experience is an authentic extension of Harry Potter?s world as it is portrayed in the books and films,? Craig said in a press release.


The Wizarding World will feature rides, shops and restaurants all based on the fictional world of Harry Potter.


The announcement of the park adds to the current Harry Potter frenzy; the seventh and final book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," will be release on July 21 and the fifth film, "The Order of the Phoenix," opens in theater on July 13.


-- Jen Brown, TODAYShow.com


? 2007 MSNBC Interactive




This sounds like an intriguing idea for IOA. Maybe it'll help boost attendance to the Universal Studios Area...

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I wonder what they'll serve in the restaurants..american food with american names, american food with harry potter names, or harry potter food.


I've had butterbeer before, it's really good, but it's extremely unhealthy. For one cup of butterbeer: butter, like half a cup of sugar, water.


Pumpkin Pasties and Cauldron Cakes would be good.

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I imagine that the Leaky Cauldron will be one of the little "restaurants" in the area.

I hope so. There will probably be a Hog's Head as well.


Zonko's Joke Shop, Weasley's Wizarding Wheezes, and that sweets shop will probably be there.

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I have been hearing rumors left and right about building something Harry Potter at either Disney or Universal. I have been hearing that they could replace The Lost Continent with Harry Potter. It seems that the Universal rumors are true. I can't wait!


Link to Universal's official site: http://media.universalorlando.com/harrypotter/


I see 2 roller coasters in one of the concept photos on Universal's site. And if you look closely at the other concept photos, you see some other interesting things.


Another cool thing about this is that Disney will strike back. I wonder what they may have up their sleeves.

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