I know where I’m going to be Christmas 2009. . . .
. . . . .In Orlando Florida visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park!!!
Wooooo Hooooo! I adore the books – Any book that can get millions of kids excited about reading is good in my books!
To tide me over till ’09 I’ll have to be happy with my already pre-ordered copy of the 7th and final Harry Potter book “Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows” available in stores world wide July 21, 2007.
Thu May 31, 6:30 AM
LONDON (AFP) – Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has given her blessing to a US theme park based on the hugely popular schoolboy wizard, to be built in Florida, officials said Thursday.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is expected to open in Orlando in late 2009, as a joint venture between Warner Bros Entertainment — producers of the Harry Potter films — and Universal Orlando Resort.
“The plans I’ve seen look incredibly exciting, and I don’t think fans of the books or films will be disappointed,” she said, according to a statement received in London.
The park will include rides and attractions featuring the key locations and figures from the best-selling books, including Hogwarts school and the village of Hogsmeade.
Warner Bros boss Barry Meyer said: “Over the years we’ve received thousands of letters from fans around the world wishing they could visit Hogwarts and the wonderful locations described in each of J.K Rowling’s beloved stories.”
Production designer Stuart Craig, who worked on the blockbuster Potter films and who is helping the theme park project, said visitors will not be disappointed.
“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,” he said.
The seventh and last Potter book, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” is to be published in July, capping a series that has sold 325 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 64 languages.
The books have made Rowling an estimated one billion dollars richer. The first volume appeared in 1997.
Those involved in the printing of the new book have been asked to keep its plot a watertight secret until July 21, when the English version makes its debut.