Goodbye Hogwarts, hello Universal Studios.
After a bumpy 17-year process that once proposed developing thousands of homes on its famous Hollywood back lot, NBCUniversal won unanimous approval Tuesday from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for a plan that lets it expand its Universal Studios theme park.
And a Harry Potter attraction is coming with it.
Company executives said the "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter," which will feature a re-creation of the Hogwarts Castle and other locations from the books and movies, will bring droves of visitors to the park.
"This is going to be a huge attraction," said Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.
The attraction is part of a $1.6-billion project that will include nearly 2 million square feet in office and production space and a bike path along the adjacent Los Angeles River that would eventually allow cyclists to pedal to Studio City.
-- Jason Song, Los Angeles Times