The world of Harry Potter is set to come to life in a theme park based on the boy-wizard at Universal Orlando resort.

Hogwarts, the village of Hogsmeade and the mysterious Forbidden Forest are all set to spring up in and around Universal's site in what has been billed a "theme park within a theme park".

Harry Potter author Jk Rowling described the plans as "incredibly exciting", adding she did not think "fans of the books or films will be disappointed".

Warner Bros distribute the enormously successful Harry Potter films, the newest of which comes out this summer.

Barry Meyer, chairman and chief executive of Warner Bros, said: "Over the years we've received thousands of letters from fans around the world wishing they could visit Hogwarts and the wonderful locations described in each of JK Rowling's beloved stories.

"Working with Universal Orlando Resort, we are confident that we'll be able to provide Harry Potter fans with an incredible experience that upholds the richness of JK Rowling's books and delivers on the authentic detail portrayed in our films."

The park is described by the planners as "fully immersive" and will allow fans to walk around the key landmarks of the stories. Shops and themed restaurants will also be thrown in as well as a "state-of-the-art" attraction.

Universal's resort in Orlando is currently split into two sites, with Universal Studios offering movie rides and interactive displays and the Islands of Adventure providing adrenaline-fuelled roller-coasters.

31/05/2007 12:07:04