Universal Studios Announces: “Hogwarts is Coming to Hollywood!”

In early December, Universal Parks and Resorts announced a partnership with Warner Brothers Studios to bring the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to Universal Studios Hollywood.  At the same time, they announced expansion will occur at Florida’s version of the Wizarding World, but no specifics were given.  Continue after the break for more details and Universal Hollywood’s video of the announcement.

Image: Pictured L to R – Tom Williams, Chairman and CEO, Universal Parks & Resorts; Ron Meyer, President and COO, Universal Studios; California Governor, Jerry Brown; Barry Meyer, Chairman and CEO, Warner Bros.; James Phelps, portrayed Fred Weasley in the Harry Potter films; Oliver Phelps, portrayed George Weasley in the Harry Potter films; Zev Yaroslavsky, L.A. County Supervisor

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened with enormous fanfare in June 2010 at Universal Orlando Resort’s Islands of Adventure Theme Park.  Since that time, the addition has been responsible for large growth in attendance to the Florida tourist attraction.  Universal and Warner Bros. executives are hoping for the same effect at Universal Studios Hollywood, and promise Hollywood’s Wizarding World will be every bit as detailed as the Florida version.

Image: James and Oliver Phelps, who portray Fred and George Weasley in the Harry Potter films, were joined by some special guests to celebrate today’s partnership announcement to bring The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to Universal Studios Hollywood, with an official Butterbeer toast.

J.K. Rowling, author of the popular Harry Potter series of books, commented, “I am delighted that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has been so popular with fans since the opening in Orlando last year and I am sure that the teams at Universal and Warner Bros. will bring their expertise and attention to detail to Hollywood to make this new experience equally as exciting.”

While the Wizarding World of Harry Potter has been incredibly popular and successful at Orlando’s Islands of Adventure, the area has but three attractions: Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey (in Hogwarts Castle), Flight of the Hippogriff, and Dragon Challenge roller coaster.  In addition, crowds can sometimes overwhelm the land thus requiring admission limitations.  Expansion of Florida’s 18 month old Wizarding World was confirmed, but details were not forthcoming at this time.

Regarding the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Tom Williams, Chairman and CEO of Universal Parks and Resorts said, “we are thrilled to be able to share this experience with our guests in Hollywood, and we are thrilled to take what has been created in Orlando to even greater levels.”

Universal Hollywood’s video highlights of the announcement follows below:

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