Date: 1st June 2007

Rowling green lights Potter park

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has given the go-ahead for a theme park dedicated to the schoolboy wizard.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will feature scenes from the best-selling books, including Hogwarts school and the village of Hogsmeade.

Bosses behind the project, which is expected to open in Orlando in 2009, said the park will offer fans a "one of a kind" opportunity to experience the environment of their favourite character.

Rowling said: "The plans I've seen look incredibly exciting, and I don't think fans of the books or films will be disappointed."

The park is a joint venture between Warner Bros Entertainment - producers of the Harry Potter films - and Universal Orlando Resort.

Source: Press Release