See that? That’s not an elaborate model. That’s not from a big-budgeted Harry Potter movie. That’s Hogwarts from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Universal Studios Orlando, and it’s pretty much just Hogwarts. From the press release:
The magical transformation continues. Although still very much a
work in progress, the magnificence of Hogwarts castle is beginning to
take shape above Hogsmeade as work continues on The Wizarding World of
Harry Potter. Hogwarts will be the home of a thrilling, new,
state-of-the-art attraction – Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey –
that uses ground-breaking technology to bring the magic, characters and
stories of Harry Potter to life in ways never before experienced.
MuggleNet has more details on the park, including the whole choose-your-wand experience at Ollivander’s shop. Question: How close is Universal Studios to the beach? Because I think this thing is just begging to be date-raped by a giant squid.