WB's Hogwarts heaven

Studio plans Potter area at Uni park

Warner Bros. Entertainment and Universal Orlando Resort are attempting to make magic for Harry Potter fans, creating the world's first real-life Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as well as an entire Potter-themed area slated to open at Universal's Islands of Adventure theme park in Orlando in late 2009 (HR 6/1).

Based on J.K. Rowling's best-selling book series and the film franchise from Warner Bros. Pictures, the theme park area, called the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, will feature some of the most iconic locations found in the books and the films, including the village of Hogsmeade, the my-sterious Forbidden Forest and Hogwarts castle. There will be immersive rides and interactive attractions as well as shops and restaurants, the companies said.

Academy Award-winning production designer Stuart Craig, who has worked to bring the world of Harry Potter to life in all of the feature films to date, will lead the creative design for the theme park area to ensure that it remains faithful to the look and feel of the films.