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Mayor of London Wants Potter Fans to Lobby for London Theme Park

Posted by: Rosi
June 08, 2010, 06:19 AM

Yesterday, Mayor of London Boris Johnson wrote a column in the Daily Telegraph's Comment section about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction. Johnson was highly critical of the location of the theme park, asserting that whilst he has "nothing against Orlando," he "bitterly [resents] that Orlando is about to become the official place of pilgrimage for every Harry Potter fan on earth."

Voicing his frustration, the Mayor continues, "sometimes [the British] just don't seem to have the gumption to exploit our intellectual property." Johnson acknowledges that all behind The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will "do a magnificent job" but remains disillusioned by the prospect:

I know somewhere that's even better than Orlando at looking like London – and that is London. I want to know why this Kingdom of Potter is not being built in the UK, and I won't be fobbed off with any nonsense about the weather. They built Eurodisney in the Valley of the Marne, where it is at least as cold and drizzly as it is in London – and it has been a triumphant success.
Johnson goes on to talk about the longevity of the Harry Potter series, commenting that he has listened to his children "babble about the detail, the clues and suggestions that become ever richer with re-reading, the emotions evoked and the deep satisfaction that these books evidently give."

The Mayor ends with an appeal to  children and parents to write to Warner Bros., Universal and J.K. Rowling to "[bring] Harry home to Britain." You can read the article in its entirety via this link.

Thanks to Maryam for emailing in!

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1231 Points

Um… Uh… Actually Hogsmeade, which is where this park is set, is in Scotland, not London. And, um… Yes, grant it, they might have done most of the filming and such in London, but if they were truly to put the park in it’s true place, it would be in Scotland.

Also, I would like to point out this. Warner Bros. is doing the movies, correct? And doesn’t Warner Bros. own Universal, including Islands of Adventure? With all this said, it makes sense. And since J. K. approved…

Posted by Tassana Burrfoot on June 08, 2010, 09:49 AM report to moderator

@Tassana Burfoot

No, Warner Bros. Doesn’t own Universal… However, JK Rowling did approve and Universal has been working with Warner Bros and JK Rowling…

Posted by Frogki on June 08, 2010, 10:01 AM report to moderator
229 Points

I agree with him but it seems like no one approached JK Rowling on the whole idea of having a Harry Potter theme park in London. If they had I’m sure Jo would have gave it great consideration!

Posted by akcorr on June 08, 2010, 10:02 AM report to moderator
3048 Points

I believe that he has advanced a good argument and that all the parties involved in the construction of the theme park deserve to give it good consideration. As many Europeans do find the trip to Orlando to visit the park expensive, having a location in Europe would alleviate this concern.

Posted by Kirk on June 08, 2010, 10:08 AM report to moderator
48 Points

And what would take make almost more than half of the Amarican Potter-fandom population? Very, very upset. I don’t think you’ve noticed, but there is a little something flying around and makes all of our money dissaparate.
People don’t have the money to fly almost halfway across the world to some Potter park for a few days. I myself and very very happy and grateful they have it in America, ’specially Florida.
I would be a very very unhappy Potterfan if they had it anywhere else, ’specially in the UK.

I also totally aggree with Frogki. I think they explained this very well.

Posted by PoisonXLilly on June 08, 2010, 10:19 AM report to moderator
234 Points

I certainly wouldn’t object to it. It seems like a bit of a case of sour grapes, but it would be nice. Still, it’s a bit late to bring this up.

Posted by Finny on June 08, 2010, 10:44 AM report to moderator
1293 Points

yes definitely should be in London… what’s amazing about going through Hogsmeadge covered with snow when it’s sunny and hot…

Posted by Petra on June 08, 2010, 10:44 AM report to moderator
562 Points

Remember, Johnson is the Mayor of “London”. He is, therefore, advocating things for London. I think that Leavesdon Studios is an excellent hub for a unique Harry Potter Experience. They already have the sets from the movies and it could become a hub for tours to filming locations. Why not replicate Universal’s WWoHP at Leavsden? Along with the studios and sets it would be a uniquely British themepark.

Posted by Phoenix1946 on June 08, 2010, 10:46 AM report to moderator
1599 Points

i agree, but i am glad that they built it in orlando…its closer to me! (still…that’d be another great excuse to visit london…) they have plenty of material from jo to make an equally awesome park in london…likeeee diagon alley perhaps? :D

Posted by Nealie Zealbie on June 08, 2010, 10:54 AM report to moderator
3752 Points

So much for being unique with the only Potter theme park. The park’s not even open yet and people are trying to steal our thunder! lol :P

Posted by OddRavenclaw222~WBM~ on June 08, 2010, 10:59 AM report to moderator
40 Points

As if the Olympics aren’t enough. Shouldn’t a Harry Potter theme park be located farther north?

Posted by Hermine on June 08, 2010, 11:45 AM report to moderator
6352 Points

It’s in Orlando because WB and Universal Studios feel they can make more $$$$ there than anywhere else. Orlando would like to become the theme park kingdom of the world. In another 50 years, no real people will be living there. It’ll just be Mickey Mouse, Harry, and the hottest characters from the next big thing.

Posted by KB Prez [ROAR!] on June 08, 2010, 11:47 AM report to moderator
75 Points

It’s not like he’s saying to tear down the one in Orlando. He just wants something there, too, which is reasonable. Personally, I’d rather see Leavesdon and the various locales around the U.K. than go to a theme park. And, yes, a U.K. attraction really should be in Scotland, not in London, anyway, if you’re going for authenticity. Plus, it’s not a Harry Potter theme park. It’s an attraction at an already existing theme park, which makes it much more economically viable.

Posted by Chreechree on June 08, 2010, 11:55 AM report to moderator
5389 Points

He’s got a point but it just happened like that isnt it?

Posted by Azaad Potter The Chosen One [ROAR] on June 08, 2010, 12:10 PM report to moderator
631 Points

I agree with him 100%

Posted by littleL on June 08, 2010, 12:15 PM report to moderator
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