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Harry Potter Theme Park

Harry Potter Theme Park
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I think it would be really cool to have a Harry Potter Theme Park. They could have a Hogwarts castle with all of the different areas seen in the books + movies complete with moving pictures on the walls (plasma monitors with ghostly images). You'd have to say the password, of course, to be able to get into the Griffendor common room :-) Voice recognition near the plasma monitor / moving portrait would match your spoken password with the actual password before letting you through.

Like the Disneyland Village area, they could have areas for Diagon Alley and Hogsmead where they would have "The 3 Broomsticks" where you could buy real Butterbeers (whatever that actually is...they'd have to make something up), The candy/joke shop, etc.

There are countless possibilites for this place which, with the huge popularity of Harry Potter would draw huge numbers of kids (and adults alike).

They could also have various magic incantations that when recognized by a wand (given or purchased in the park) would perform certain magical acts when done the right way and in the right place. This could be done by having some sort of transmitter in the wand along with a voice recognition module. When the sound of the "spell" is recognized, it will communicate (via 802.11b, bluetooth, etc.) with a nearby item that would perform some seemingly magical act.

Quidditch would be cool too, though I'm not sure how they'd do that...maybe it would be an amusement park ride. The whomping willow could be another ride.

I'd suggest the UK (England, Scotland) as the best location given the origin of the book, but due to it's huge popularity in the US, maybe somewhere near existing theme parks (California, Florida) would be better.

pmadd, Jan 30 2003

Theme Park http://www.angelfir...dofmagic/intro.html
[Shz, Oct 04 2004]

The most punchable face I have ever seen http://www.heute.t-...0,1369,12409,00.jpg
Not that I would ever condone voilent acts, of course. [my face your, Oct 04 2004]

Dobby/Putin resemblance http://www.orange-t...tory/sm_744456.html
re waugs comment [madradish, Oct 04 2004]

URL moved from [hp_freek_14]'s annotation http://www.disneyco...ney_Future&file=wdw
Disney's announcement of a Potter attraction. Odd. Isn't Warner Bros the folks with the US Potter syndication? [bristolz, Oct 04 2004]


       It would'nt surprise me if this is on the cards somewhere (+)
skinflaps, Jan 30 2003

       Can't knock your thinking. Problem is that Hogwarts was basically Alnwick Castle which is near my home so I don't want people tarting it up into a theme park. (+)
talen, Jan 30 2003

       Oh dear God, no.
my face your, Jan 30 2003

       But why not ? Let's put Snape in charge of the kiddie's cafeteria ........
8th of 7, Jan 30 2003

       I prefer it to exist in my head, this would inevitably be disappointing (-)
madradish, Jan 30 2003

       I don't know about *most* punchable [my face your], but it's certainly up there with the best of 'em.
RoboBust, Jan 30 2003

       I heard "...Chamber of Secrets" just slid into third place among top grossing films of all time. "... Sorceror's/Philosopher's Stone" is already in second place. ("Titanic" is number one with a $400 million lead, not apt to change any time soon.)   

       This being the case, and with at least two more movies cooking which will certainly make the top ten, one can be assured this idea will be baked very soon. If not an entire park of its own, then certainly part of a great Warner Brothers park.   

       [ot] There's apparently a lawsuit being filed in Russia, complaining that the "Dobby" character was designed as a parody of Vladimir Putin.
waugsqueke, Jan 30 2003

       [very ot]Sheesh ... Next thing you know they will be wanting to posthumously raid poor George Orwell's estate for parodying Trotsky and Stalin in Animal Farm.[very ot]
jurist, Jan 30 2003

       This idea is good as a day dream, or just a part of somebody's imagination, not as an actual place. It's like Disney's California Adventure, it's good as an idea, but it is really a horrible disappointment.
darkknight_152002, Jul 26 2003

       Disney just announced that a harry potter attraction will be released in orlando in 2006!!! click the link to see... << admin action: URL moved to links area, above left >>
hp_freek_14, Aug 03 2003


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