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PostSubject: Harry Potter Theme Park   Thu May 31 2007, 07:38

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Well, it's been confirmed. There is going to be a Harry Potter theme park, at Universal Studios.

Here's the link to the TLC article:

http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/#article:9918

What does everyone think about this? I'm in two minds about it, to be honest. On the one hand, it could be very very cool if done well, but on the other hand it's commercialisation of a book series we love, and is that a good thing?
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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter Theme Park   Thu Aug 26 2010, 21:38

hahaha that sounds pretty awesome! I didn't know about the bathroom part. I'll have to make sure to go there XD Hopefully when I go it's not crowded at all. I'm an impatient person and I might have to start pushing people XD
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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter Theme Park   Fri Aug 27 2010, 08:01

Ahh, thank you so much Mel. xD

And yeah, it was lots of fun but it would be better if it had been a little less crowded. (:

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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter Theme Park   Fri Aug 27 2010, 19:37

I have a phobia of crowds, personally...

But for the magical world of HP? Anything is possible.
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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter Theme Park   Fri Aug 27 2010, 20:38

Yeah, it was pretty crowded...not anywhere near as bad as the first month though....

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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter Theme Park   Fri Aug 27 2010, 22:07

Oh that would have been torture, I think. Gosh. Yikes! Glad to have missed it...
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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter Theme Park   Sat Aug 28 2010, 07:19

Yeah (: Come in a couple of years and you should be fine xD

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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter Theme Park   Sat Aug 28 2010, 08:09

Haha I shall have money to burn by then, hopefully :D
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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter Theme Park   Sun Aug 29 2010, 16:59

Yeah, cause it'll probably still be super pricy. Ten dollars for a choclate frog? >.<

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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter Theme Park   Sun Aug 29 2010, 17:45

Ehhhh NOOOOOOOOO. AND I have to think about the exchange rate D:
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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter Theme Park   Sun Aug 29 2010, 19:28

Ooo, true that. Good luck with all of that... =/

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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter Theme Park   Sun Aug 29 2010, 20:38

I'll try not to panic too much
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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter Theme Park   Tue Aug 31 2010, 11:46

-sigh of relief- I have finally written all about this in my blog. It took me long enough but I did it in the end -feels proud of self-

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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter Theme Park   Tue Aug 31 2010, 13:16

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Yeah, cause it'll probably still be super pricy. Ten dollars for a choclate frog? >.<

ARE YOU SERIOUS!?!?!?!!?!?!?! That's freaking expensive! lol XD I am cheap XD
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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter Theme Park   Tue Aug 31 2010, 13:26

Isn't that ridiculous???? I guess there was a fair amount of chocolate but ten was still too pricy in my opinion....

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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter Theme Park   Tue Aug 31 2010, 13:31

It would have to be like fifty Hershey bars for me to buy it XD hahaha I might be exaggerating a little
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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter Theme Park   Tue Aug 31 2010, 14:56

Exaggeration is a key point of life. *nods wisely*
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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter Theme Park   Wed Sep 01 2010, 07:15

Hahaha, hopefully they'll have dropped the prices by the time you guys get to go...though, maybe not since an expansion to it is being considered?

Clicky over here!

So it's actually probably better y'all didn't go right away...cause I doubt my parents will let me go back.

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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter Theme Park   Wed Sep 01 2010, 15:16

Ooooh. Wicked :D Can't wait!
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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter Theme Park   Wed Sep 01 2010, 18:29

I wonder what they'd add. O.o

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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter Theme Park   Thu Sep 02 2010, 03:16

Things so awesome our feeble minds cannot even begin to comprehend it.
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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter Theme Park   Thu Sep 02 2010, 20:18

Hahha, WOOT WOOT. I would hope they would add another ride or two though....cause I think they'd be running out of shops soon...though Fred and George's shop would be cool to have!

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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter Theme Park   Thu Sep 02 2010, 22:33

Ooh yeah. But they had Zonkos... which wasn't really described in the books, I guess, so it was easier to interpret how they liked.
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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter Theme Park   Fri Sep 03 2010, 05:44

Yeah, and then they didn't have to have all the magical things that they have no idea how to make. Hahaha

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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter Theme Park   Fri Sep 03 2010, 11:23

Alas. sad The flaw of the Muggle world is the lack of magic

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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter Theme Park   Fri Sep 03 2010, 14:55

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I think they also talked to JK and made sure the theme park was set up to her standards. I'm super glad they might be expanding. I was following the them park on Facebook and it said about what would you like to see there and people were listing a lot of good things. I would like a bookstore. That's the Ravie in me
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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter Theme Park   Fri Sep 03 2010, 17:47

That'd be awesome. Espicially if they were things like Hogwarts: A History or Gilderoy Lockhearts books....I'd buy out the whole store so fast. xD

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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter Theme Park   Fri Sep 03 2010, 20:00

Hahaha I would too but knowing them they'd be marked waaay too expensive. However I doubt they would do that. It would mean writing many HP related books just for a bookstore. That would take too much to do. I think they would most likely do the Weasley store than a bookstore sadly sad
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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter Theme Park   Fri Sep 03 2010, 20:02

Agreed. But a bookstore would be such a cool thing to have.

They should build Gringotts. O.o

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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter Theme Park   Fri Sep 03 2010, 20:03

That would be very cool but I think they want to stick with shops in Hogsmead and Gringotts is in Diagon Alley sadly sad
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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter Theme Park   Fri Sep 03 2010, 20:06

Mmm, true. Though they do have Ollivanders but probably just because that's just such a good attraction...

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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter Theme Park   Fri Sep 03 2010, 20:16

Aw man a bookstore would be sooooo wicked!
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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter Theme Park   Sat Sep 04 2010, 09:28

Right?? They should make the Shrieking Shack. O.o

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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter Theme Park   Sat Sep 04 2010, 09:41

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Mmm, true. Though they do have Ollivanders but probably just because that's just such a good attraction...

There's a story behind why his shop is in Hogsmead. It's like a chain. It's just his second shop and JK agreed that it was a good idea.
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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter Theme Park   Sat Sep 04 2010, 10:04

Ohhh, I didn't know that! That was clever of them.

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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter Theme Park   Sat Sep 04 2010, 19:09

Don't know why there would be a wand shop in Hogsmeade though... I mean, most of the people who buy wands are 11 year olds, and they have to go to Diagon Alley to buy all their other school stuff, so they wouldn't go to Hogsmeade for 'em. As well as that, Hogsmeade is quite far away and cut off. They make most of their money there from the school, I'd bet (hence the candy store and the joke shop) - and kids don't need to buy wands after they've been to Diagon Alley. Also Hogsmeade is more of a tourist spot, and tourists don't buy wands on vacation unless it's perfectly necessary.

And I don't think Ollivander would separate some of his wands for a second shop... what if he goes to get the right wand - but then it's in the other shop?? I don't see the sense.

Makes for a good attraction. But doesn't make sense.
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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter Theme Park   Sat Sep 04 2010, 19:19

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Don't know why there would be a wand shop in Hogsmeade though... I mean, most of the people who buy wands are 11 year olds, and they have to go to Diagon Alley to buy all their other school stuff, so they wouldn't go to Hogsmeade for 'em. As well as that, Hogsmeade is quite far away and cut off. They make most of their money there from the school, I'd bet (hence the candy store and the joke shop) - and kids don't need to buy wands after they've been to Diagon Alley. Also Hogsmeade is more of a tourist spot, and tourists don't buy wands on vacation unless it's perfectly necessary.

And I don't think Ollivander would separate some of his wands for a second shop... what if he goes to get the right wand - but then it's in the other shop?? I don't see the sense.

Makes for a good attraction. But doesn't make sense.

Well the shop is kinda there for those students who (like Ron XD) broke their wands. However Ron didn't get a new wand until they got enough money later so that would explain why he just didn't go and buy one. He just didn't have the money for it. Also for the whole seperating his wands well maybe Ollivander had like one of those vanishing cabinets and he would just through it and enter his shop back in Diagon Alley where he stored most of his wands and that's how he did things.Just suggestions. I would have to look more into it.
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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter Theme Park   Sat Sep 04 2010, 19:56

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Well the shop is kinda there for those students who (like Ron XD) broke their wands.

I thought someone would make this argument. ^.^

Yes, some students break their wands: but they are the VAST minority. Ron's wand broke because it was old, and damaged already. It was destined to break. I don't think the shop would do enough business to stay open on anomalies such as this, even on the very few people who would buy wands there.

And as for the vanishing cabinet... well, I can't say it wouldn't work, but it's a lot of trouble to go to.
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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter Theme Park   Sat Sep 04 2010, 20:02

Well, let's also not forget that getting a wand is a major thing in Harry Potter and they couldn't leave that out of the theme park experience so they were bound to come up with a reason for it being in Hogsmeade to ensure that fans would get to see it.

But if we're on the whole topic of Hogsmeade being too far away, there is always Floo Powder to rely on to get you there quickly so I can't see that being too big of a deal for wizards.

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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter Theme Park   Sat Sep 04 2010, 20:32

Perhaps.

I still think it would be a financial disaster for Ollivander though. ^.^
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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter Theme Park   Sun Sep 05 2010, 08:14

Yeah, I do agree that I can't see him having a second shop but it's still nice that they put it in and it was probably the best reason they could come up with. (;

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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter Theme Park   Mon Sep 06 2010, 20:46

Alas that it isn't real. sad

But yeah, it works in this context
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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter Theme Park   Tue Sep 07 2010, 04:54

Indeed. It's a pretty shop. And it connects with Flourish and Blotts so those people kept coming through the secret doorway to cut the line into there. Hahaha

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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter Theme Park   Tue Sep 07 2010, 05:57

Oooh.

Man I'd really like to go when there's much less people. I hate crowds...
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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter Theme Park   Tue Sep 07 2010, 12:08

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Well the shop is kinda there for those students who (like Ron XD) broke their wands.

I thought someone would make this argument. ^.^

Yes, some students break their wands: but they are the VAST minority. Ron's wand broke because it was old, and damaged already. It was destined to break. I don't think the shop would do enough business to stay open on anomalies such as this, even on the very few people who would buy wands there.

And as for the vanishing cabinet... well, I can't say it wouldn't work, but it's a lot of trouble to go to.

I turned to Google and this is what I found:

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There was a branch of Ollivanders Wand Shop in Hogsmeade. Located in High Street, this branch was very similar to its counterpart in Diagon Alley. It was run by an associate of Ollivanders.

So he doesn't run it himself so than it would completely throw out my idea of him traveling between the stores XD But than I found this one website about why it was placed there and it explains nothing! http://www.sooperarticles.com/travel-articles/destinations-articles/look-inside-ollivanders-magic-wand-shop-86117.html


[quote]Ollivander's wand shop is actually a small corner inside the building that house the Owl Post and Dervish and Banges. They have many different types of wands. You can get them according to wood type, or you can get them by movie character. The movie character wands are based on the appearance of the wands in the movies. You get into Ollivander's either by going into Dervish and Banges or going to the Ollivander's show, which lets you exit through the shop.
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Finding this it makes me think that he's like renting it so it wouldn't cost him too much to hold a shop there which is why he could eb in business in Hogsmead and still make some kind of profit.
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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter Theme Park   Tue Sep 07 2010, 13:13

^^That quote from that article is referring to where in the actual Theme Park it is not to where it would be located bookwise....

or maybe I'm missing your point and you knew that. Hahaha. confused

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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter Theme Park   Sat Sep 11 2010, 08:36

I don't know, I still think it's silly for there to be a wandstore in Hogsmeade...

To my mind it doesn't make sense; what if you get a substandard wand 'cause there's a smaller selection in Hogsmeade? I'd rather there be one store, with all the wands, so I know I'm getting the right wand.

That's why everyone buys their wand from Ollivander's - there's no comparison.

But I see your points. People like to invest... so a business venture for Ollivander isn't so out-there.
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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter Theme Park   Sat Sep 11 2010, 08:52

I do agree that it's silly for a wandshop to be in Hogsmeade just becasue it's so easy for wizards to travel long distances with no effort...but the demand for Ollivanders at the theme park was probably just to much for them to ignore.

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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter Theme Park   Sat Sep 11 2010, 08:57

Oh yeah I won't argue with that

Different bag of fish, that is
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PostSubject: Re: Harry Potter Theme Park   Sat Sep 11 2010, 09:06

Hahhaa, that's an awesome expression. Different bag of fish. xD

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