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Harry Potter World: Hollywood opens

Sarah Wakefield | Courtesy Photo

Sarah Wakefield | Courtesy Photo

Story by Kathryn Hyer, @KathrynHyer

“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will be joining Universal Studios in Hollywood, California, on April 7.

With locations already in Japan and Florida, this will be the third Harry Potter World to become available to the public.

The building of the park has taken place over the course of four years, since the announcement of the addition by Universal Studios on Dec. 6, 2011, according to their website.

The parks will be almost exact replicas of one another, with a few key differences.

With land in Hollywood being quite a bit scarcer, the landscape will be different than its sister park in Florida.

“Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey,” a roller coaster ride of sorts, will now give the rider a 3D experience, as if they were flying through the castle on a broom alongside Harry, Ron and Hermione.

The park will also recreate famous sites from the books and movies, such as Hogsmeade and Hogwarts castle, according to a “sneak peak” park walkthrough found on the Universal Studios official website.

“Everything about the world will make you feel like you’re really there,” said Emma Watson, former cast member of the “Harry Potter” film series, in an interview with Universal Studios.

With “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” in California being closer in proximity to Idaho, Harry Potter fans attending BYU-Idaho will have the chance to attend over spring break, should they choose to.

The park is scheduled to open the day following the last day of Winter semester classes, which end on April 6.

“The philosophy of the movies has always been to be absolutely true to the spirit of the books, and the theme park is an extension of the movies,” said Stuart Craig, production designer of the “Harry Potter” films, in an interview with Universal Studios.

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