Looks like that rumor we told you about in April has magically become true; Warner Bros. has teamed with Universal to create a monster theme park based on the world of Harry Potter. Opening in 2009, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be stationed at Universal's Islands of Adventure theme park in Orlando, Florida and is currently being described as "a theme park within a theme park." Sweet! Now all those depressed children (and their equally depressed parents) will have a place to visit once their beloved hero retires for good. Apart from all the shops ("Buy some Potter underwear -- they're only $40 a pair! It's a steal!), the park will include three attractions; "the village of Hogsmeade, the mysterious Forbidden Forest, and even Hogwarts castle itself."
Oh wait, we're not done there -- the press release also states that the park will include "restaurants that will enable guests to sample fare from the wizarding world's best known establishments." Hey, I didn't know Harry was a sucker for double bacon Potter burgers! In order to maintain the look and feel of the films, they've brought on production designer Stuart Craig to lead the creative design for the area. He says, "Our primary goal is to make sure this experience is an authentic extension of Harry Potter's world as it is portrayed in the books and films." Sounds good to me. Check out a few more park designs after the jump, and you Potter fanatics should weigh in and tell us what you'd like to see included in this new theme park.