The Boy Who Lived… Forever

A wizarding world makes its way to Hollywood


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Making My Way Down Town: Diagon Alley in Orlando, Florida.

November 14, 2001 marked the day that changed everyone’s life. Fifteen years ago, that Wednesday, J.K. Rowling published the first Harry Potter installment. Rowling’s books set world records, going down in history as the fastest-selling series.

Such a phenomenon deserves its own theme park, but why stop at one? On Harry Potter’s birthday, April 7th, Universal Studios will be opening its gates to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Hollywood, California.

With overwhelming success with Florida’s theme park, Hollywood announced December 6, 2011 that they would build another. Roughly five years later, the anticipation cannot rest.

Senior Kaylene Truong ecstatically raves, “I’m glad they’re making one because then I don’t have to go all the way to Orlando.”

The park will contain similar features to its sister park in Florida like the “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” attraction, Ollivander’s Wand Shop, and the Three Broomsticks to drink unlimited butterbeer.

As a big fan of Harry Potter, senior Justin Van Ligten thinks it’s such a “good idea, since the only other one is in Florida. Having one nearby will just make the magic more accessible.”

To have two theme parks across the country, on opposite ends, makes it more convenient for those who don’t live on the East side. Now the West side can enjoy the magic of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter as well.

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