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Muggles away: new Harry Potter theme park opens in Florida

Georgia Brown gets a sneak preview of the new $200m Harry Potter theme park, which opens today in Florida

First came the books, then the blockbuster films. Now Harry Potter fans can visit the theme park. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – almost six years in the making and estimated to have cost around $200m – opened to the public today in Universal’s Islands of Adventure complex in Orlando, Florida.

I was there earlier this week to get a sneak preview, along with members of the cast of the first six films: Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Michael Gambon (Dumbledore) and author JK Rowling.

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