Photo: Tom Wallace, StarTribune

Photo: Tom Wallace, StarTribune

Harry Potter isn’t coming to London in theme park form, and the Mayor isn’t happy:

The studio ignored London mayor Boris Johnson’s plea to site the Wizarding World of Harry Potter over here rather than Florida. Johnson has called for the public to write to Warner Bros, petitioning for a second theme park to be built in London.

 

Mayor Johnson says it would be “utterly mad” to leave it to Americans “to make money from a great British invention”.

 

“I appeal to the children of this country and to their Potter-fiend parents to write to Warner Bros and Universal, and perhaps, even, to the great JK herself”Johnson has written in his weekly Daily Telegraph newspaper column.

There’s a reason for this, and you suspect it might have something to do with the relative sizes of the countries, the popularity of Florida as a family destination, and the number of people willing to fly to England to see a display case containing one of the 452 pairs of spectacles used in a Harry Potter movie. By the way, we also made a lot of money from another British invention, which were called “the Colonies.” Sorry how that all turned out.

England does have a Harry Potter attraction; it's the studio where the movies are made. The article also notes that England has done nothing, theme-park-wise, with the 007 franchise, which would seem a natural. You could even theme it - a 60s area for the Sean Connery films, a tacky wacka-chicka-disco area for the 70s Roger Moore films, a square of the sidewalk devoted to George Lazenby, and so on.  

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