| Marlow Stern |
LONDON (Reuters) – While star Daniel Radcliffe has moved on to an intriguing array of indie films, JK Rowling’s fantastical world of Harry Potter still holds a firm grasp on the public’s imagination.
Yes, the eight-film, US$7.72 billion grossing series came to a fiery end in 2011, but there’s been a surge in Potter popularity of late.
The latest example is the Harry Potter hotel package offered at The Georgian House.
A boutique London hotel that’s been in operation since 1851 – and is located just a stone’s throw from the Thames – is taking advantage of the renewed Potter interest by transforming two of its rooms into gothic-styled “Wizard’s Chambers” designed to transport guests to the magical world of Potter.
The rooms come equipped with four-poster wooden beds, potion bottles, cauldrons and Hogwartsian accents – perfect for us mere muggles.
“And don’t worry, we include full English breakfast in your stay, and not bogey flavoured Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans!” reads the hotel’s site. “To simply stay in the Wizard Chambers for a night with breakfast will run you $336 for two.”
In addition to the rooms, The Georgian House is offering tickets to the popular Muggle Walking Tour that takes you to locations around London where the film was shot, including train platform 9¾ at King’s Cross Station, as well as a trip on the custom-designed Harry Potter Tour bus to the Warner Brothers Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter, where you can check out the film’s myriad sets and props.
For two people, including one night in the Wizard Chambers, breakfast, Muggle and Studio Tour tickets, it will run you $584 (as well as $180 for an extra child, or $207 for an extra adult). To simply stay in the Wizard Chambers for a night with breakfast will run you $336 for two.
The Potter revival began on July 8, when Universal Orlando’s Harry Potter theme park, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, opened and generated record summer attendance numbers.
In fact, the park proved so popular that it boosted Comcast’s third-quarter theme park revenue 18.7 per cent over the previous year to $786 million from $661 million, the company said in an earnings report Thursday.