Well, I don't know. Maybe I'm just tired today - too tired to contemplate a weekend drive into the foothills, let alone a trip to Orlando - but I can't work up any excitement about a HP-themed park.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Universal Orlando Resort is opening a Harry Potter theme park that will let fans visit many of the iconic locations in the books and movies that endeared the boy magician to millions. [...]
"The plans I've seen look incredibly exciting, and I don't think fans of the books or films will be disappointed," said author J.K. Rowling, who has been working with a creative team to make sure the park resembles the books and films.
Maybe my problem is the idea of sharing my beloved Hogwarts with a lot of sweaty tourists. Or having to endure "Diagon Alley" in 100% humidity, looking for a nice bottle of water but finding only pumpkin juice that costs $8.00 a mug. Ick.
Or maybe it's the fact that this picture of the castle looks like it sprang from the vapid imagination of Thomas Kinkade. Everyone knows Hogwarts is gloomy and forbidding from the outside. It's an f'n fortress! And a British one at that. We all know the British and their large-scale architectural sensibilities. Hogwarts was built to keep out catapult-firing Muggles during the Middle Ages, not charm them with painterly light displays!