While fans of the fictional adventures of an English
boy wizard are counting the days until the publication of the seventh and
final Harry Potter book, a theme park inspired by Harry's adventures is
to open in the United States.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park will open in
Florida in 2009, and will feature attractions and rides based on
locations from the Harry Potter books.
The novels' author JK Rowling has already given her
blessing to the project. She said, "The plans I’ve seen look incredibly
exciting, and I don’t think fans of the books or films will be
Stuart Craig, the man in charge of the
creative design of the park, is an Oscar-winning production designer
who worked on the Harry Potter films so it should be faithful to JK
Stuart Craig said, "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."
Visitors to the park will be able to explore some of their
favourite locations from the book such as the village of Hogsmeade, the
Forbidden Forest and, of course, Hogwarts Castle, where Harry goes to school.
Although fans can look forward to a holiday in the
Harry Potter theme park, many will be saddened by the fact that the
best-selling series is now drawing to a close.
The final instalment in the series, Harry Potter and
the Deathly Hallows, will be published on 21 July, and to mark the event
JK Rowling is to read extracts from the book to a select audience at
midnight on the day of publication.
Rowling has announced that two characters die in the final
book, but has not revealed if Harry is one of them so fans will have to wait to
find out the fate
of their magical hero.