Harry Potter prequel and mini-movie

As we turned the last pages of the final Harry Potter novel, The Deathly Hallows it was a bittersweet affair.? Everyone who got sucked into the boy wizard saga probably felt a void and that generally feeling of that can’t be it? Can it?

Luckily for fans it wasn’t it.? Author J.K. Rowling took part in an online auction this past month wherein she scribble an 800-word prequel to Harry Potter on a postcard that sold for an astounding $48,585.? You can read that story here, though it isn’t always easy to read Rowling’s handwriting.

Now she’s participating in writing a story that will be turned into a mini-movie that will be shot with actors Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe.? According to the Sunday Mirror the movie will be shown as part of the Universal Studios theme park The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida.

The movie and some additional clips and sequences for the theme park will be shot in Leavesden, Herts, UK before the trio begin filming movie number seven.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is expected to open late next year or early 2010.? The 20-acre island will feature attractions, shops and restaurants set inside? locations such as the Forbidden Forest, Hogsmeade Village and the iconic Hogwarts castle.? Concept art for Hogsmeade can be seen above.? It looks pretty cool in that sort of kitschy Disney/theme park kind of way.

I see no downside to an amusement park like this, even if it does cheapen the Harry Potter experience a bit.

There is no word on what this story or movie will entail, but you can expect there will be interest for it when it does arrive.? [via]

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