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Mark Newton

Although your Harry Potter book and DVD collections might be gathering dust, there is still no suggestion that the bespectacled wizard-kid is slowing down his attempt at world domination. After the success of Orlando's The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Studios has endeavored to create another one on the West coast.

According to /Film, the attraction is part of a hefty $500 million development plan for Universal Studios in Hollywood. In addition to the new Potter theme park, Universal Studios will also undergo an extensive renovation of their backlots, office space and TV production facilities. But, hey that's kind of boring, let's get back to the fun stuff.

Exact details on what Hollywood's version of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter will look like are still scarce, but there are suggestions that Orlando's Hogwarts Castle and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride will also be replicated in Hollywood. We also wouldn't be surprised if the sleepy wizarding town of Hogsmeade also springs up in California, too.

Construction is due to begin this summer as part of NBCUniversal's 25-year "Evolution Plan". The business-brains have estimated that the entire project will produce 30,000 jobs and $2 billion for the local area. Orlando's Harry Potter-land has certainly proved successful, increasing ticket sales at Universal Orlando by 68%. Plans are already in progress to expand this park, and to build another one in Osaka, Japan.

There's still no official date for the grand opening of Hollywood's Harry Potter park, but construction is expected to end sometime in 2016.

Will you visit Hollywood's The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, or is the Harry Potter spell starting to wear off? Let me know below.


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