Vote of the week: Which Hogwarts house are you?
Written by Robert Niles
It's no stretch to declare: theme park fans love Harry Potter. After inspiring a new generation of kids to fall in love with reading and busting box office registers around the world, Harry Potter's success in driving theme park attendance shouldn't have surprised anyone. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has helped attract record numbers of visitors to Central Florida, while helping Universal Orlando increase its market share relative to both Walt Disney World and SeaWorld Orlando. Record revenue from admissions, hotel bookings and merchandise sales helped NBCUniversal buy out its former partner Blackstone Group to take full ownership of the Universal Orlando Resort. Now Universal is expanding The Wizarding World around the Muggle world, with today's announcement that Universal Studios Japan will open its version on July 15 this summer, and the announcement earlier this month that Universal Studios Hollywood's version will open in 2016.Tweet
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It was nice to see Evanna Lynch, who played Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter films, staying true to Luna's Ravenclaw house during today's press event in Osaka, while all the other dignitaries around her jumped on the Gryffindor bandwagon. (That's former First Daughter and current U.S. ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy on the left, with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Universal Studios Japan president Glenn Gumpel in between.) Just once, for the lulz, wouldn't you love to see a politician rocking a Slytherin scarf at one of these events? Unless Tom Felton gets elected somewhere, though, I doubt we'll ever see that happen.
Part of the appeal of the Harry Potter franchise is the ease with which it draws people into its wizarding world, inspiring you to think of yourself as part of that world, and a member of one of those four Hogwarts houses. I love the story that Dave Cobb has told about finding Dr. Phillips High School students sitting around a table at the Three Broomsticks restaurant in Islands of Adventure, in full Hogwarts robes, drinking Butterbeer and doing their Muggle school homework in their daily afternoon ritual. It almost makes me wish I were in school again, to have a better excuse to do something like that! (FWIW, my sister went to Dr. Phillips, long ago, when it first opened, and we lived across the street from what was then only Universal Studios Florida and a huge parking lot.)
I'm willing to bet that many Theme Park Insider readers have a Hogwarts house scarf or T-shirt in their drawer or closet, a souvenir of a visit to Universal Orlando. Which house's stuff did you buy? Readers can find abundant "Which House are you?" quizzes littering the Internet, but we'll consider the House sorting questionnaire on J.K. Rowling's Pottermore site to be canon here. Whether you've been sorted as part of joining the Pottermore communtity or you've just decided on your own, tell us which Hogwarts house you consider yourself to belong.
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