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 think the mayors making a bit to much of a big deal. i mean if it was built in in London i ould complain a bit but i wouldnt do something this big. they could make on in London. n im an American.
I completely agree with him. The people who say that a Harry Potter theme park in England wouldn’t be a success because of the rainy weather obviously don’t know us HP fans very well! Who cares if its rainy, its Harry Potter!!!. I would love a HP theme park in England and would probably spend every weekend there. And even though i’m not well at the moment and probably won’t get much better for a long time i fully intend to visit the Leavesden Studios when they open in 2012, i’ve even been on Google maps to see how long it would take me to get there (about an hour and a half :D). I would definitely go to a HP theme park in England if they built one, but i can’t afford to go to the American one, and i’m terrified of flying. I think its very unfair for America to get the only theme park (which sounds immense!) when England is Harrys home.
I agree with him completely! It doesn’t feel right having a Harry Potter theme park in Florida! It really should be in London!
I feel that they shouldn’t be upset about it because if they had wanted the park there they would have made it long before own. I think the real problem is they didn’t know how popular it was going to be and now they want the all the profits or some of them going to the UK which i can understand. Thing is they should have said some thing way before now. Also if it is so popular here maybe as others above have said expand to the UK as well.
Also harry potter fans will want to go to this park because it brings the world to life. But many of them will also want to see the real life places talked about many times in the books example being kings cross station. So if the UK wants a harry potter land then make one! I’m sure Harry Potter fans will go to both parks and enjoy the experience you get from each.
Put it in Bognor!
Sorry, but put up or shut up. The Harry Potter World was built where it would make the most money for its creators. It was not built to disrespect London but to capitalize on the year round vacation weather of Central Florida and the already created Vacation Based enterprises and super structure needed to support such a venture for years to come. Dear Mr. Mayor of London, you have more than enough to worry about with your upcoming Olympics without out trying to bankrupt your city. Sorry, it just comes across as nothing more than sour grapes on his part and really does not make sense no matter how fanciful it might seem in the minds of those who do not have to lay out the hundreds of Millions of Dollars a venture like this will ultimately cost to build and run. Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda.
I, for one, would like to see one built at Universal Studios, Hollywood. Then I could visit any time that I like ;)
First off this guy looks like one of the Dursely’s. Secondly, why didn’t he say something before? Two weeks before opening, he decides to flap his gums. Thridly, I don’t know what they tell you guys in the UK but it’s agreed in the US that Eurodisney was a failure. One of the reason was because of the weather. Sorry, UK but this guy sounds like a piece of work.
he should have said something earlier. i mean this thing has taken years to create…in any case, the harry potter fandom is huge in the u.s. so he can hardly begrudge us having the park, especially since it is a u.s. company that produces the films.
and it’s not like they couldn’t make one in the u.k. either….and i would so go to a park in the u.k.! i go where harry potter goes! :)
It is not Britain’s intellectual property. It is JKR’s and she can allow whoever she wants to build a Harry Potter world. He shouldn’t be complaining.
I say they build one there exactly like here, then the park won’t be as crowded here….everybody wins….I think a Sweeney Todd Park would work as well too…your shaving razor can choose you……..
and Jurrasic Park should move to Costa Rica, Jaws to Amityville, The Mummy to Egypt………
London seems perfect…or somewhere in the UK, makes more sense than Florida to me.
As consolation, you can win over us in the World Cup.