Mayor of London Wants Potter Fans to Lobby for London Theme Park
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!
i see this point
I kind of agree. I am an American, and I’m pretty pleased that it’s being built in my country, but Harry Potter does take place in London, and was written by a British author. I think it would be nice having one in London and Orlando.. Though it would have made more sense for the park to have been built in London first. I think having a park in both locations would be fantastic!
“sometimes [the British] just don’t seem to have the gumption to exploit our intellectual property.” my favourite quote of the day :)
Because then I couldn’t go to the theme park, that’s why!
i would love to see a potter park in london for when i go check the scottish sights too
i dont know what to say….i see his point, but isnt it a little late? shouldnt he have said something 5 years ago? i have been getting email up dates for five years!!! and its finally open! i see his point but i also like having a bit of Potter close to home…there is so much Potter going on in the UK (and i wish i lived there)…so maybe there could be two! like they have 3 disney lands/worlds, but he’s a little late, and Jo herself approved everything, along side a British team. So even though i thought he had some-what of a point, i felt like he was whining and complaining, or jealous. Build another one if he wants to, it coasts a lot, but i would visit both!
I kind of agree but I guess its kind of biased because I’m from Ireland and if it was in the UK i could definitly go I am not able to go cause of the distance to Orlando though.But I guess America is a better place for it there are proberbly more fans in america and more land to build a theme park as well
I just think that he’s just jealous. While London is the birthplace of Harry Potter I think other countries should be given a chance to show their love for Harry Potter. Afterall it’s an international phenomenon not just a UK phenomenom.
I think Wizarding World of Harry Potter looks incredible, but I do agree that we should have one in London too.
I’ve created a Facebook group for people who would like to see a park in London, and will contact Boris Johnson and Universal once it has enough members. http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=129988247020753
While it is a little late, I must say I do agree with him. Even as an American fan, I feel like the park would be more exciting were it actually in London.
Well, there are some amazing filming locations in Britain AND in London: I’ve seen all of them, except for Alnwick Castle, Durham Cathedral and Goathland, BUT I’m going to visit them this summer! I love touring Britain! And why should they build a theme park it they have the real thing???
I agree with him in theory, but where exactly in London would he suggest they put it? There isn’t room enough to build something even half the size as the one they’ve built in Orlando. I don’t think it has anything to do with the weather at all.
On top of that, it would take forever to complete. Look how long it took them to build Wembley!
i agree with him. but orlando is full of theme parks. thats were the main point is.
London doesn’t need a theme park in order for Potter fans to visit. I get where he’s coming from completely but he needs to realize how much London should already be greatful for.