Hopes that a Harry Potter theme park could be constructed in the UK have been ignited after London mayor Boris Johnson wrote to the film studios developing a similar site in the US.
In his letter, Johnson urged Warner Brothers and Universal Studios, which will open The Wizarding World theme park in Florida next week, to develop one in London.
The mayor also called for businesses who would be interested in building a Hogworts-based theme park in the capital to come forward.
The Greater London Authority (GLA) is said to be “highly receptive” to any possible bids, but Johnson has backed away from committing any funds to a British Wizarding World.
A GLA spokesman said: “If they were to put forward plans, they could conclude that the mayor would be quite passionately behind them, as long as they were professional and true to the spirit of Harry Potter”.
The letter and appeal comes after earlier negotiations between City Hall and Warner Bros on a plan to build a Harry Potter theme park in Hertfordshire failed to reach an agreement. Florida offered tax incentives, development grants and new transport infrastructure to secure the new park for Orlando.
The £270M, 81km2 extension of Universal’s existing theme parks will have a recreation of Hogwarts School, Dumbledore’s office, the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom, the Room of Requirement, Dervish and Banges gift shop for all items magical, and Ollivander’s wand shop.