"Hogwarts is coming to Hollywood," reports the Los Angeles Times Company Town blog, following a report in The Wall Street Journal (which is behind a paywall and might charge you for its stories).
According to the L.A. Times report, "Universal Studios is planning to build a replica of its successful Florida Harry Potter theme park in Los Angeles, said people familiar with the matter but not authorized to discuss it publicly. A contract between Comcast Corp.-owned Universal and Warner Bros., which made the "Harry Potter" movies and controls licensing rights to author J.K. Rowling’s books about the boy wizard, is being finalized and should be done within the next few weeks, the people said."
The attraction will likely open no earlier than 2015, the report says.
The story adds, "Universal was not the only entertainment company seeking to replicate The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Southern California. Walt Disney Co. also held discussions with Warner to secure the rights for Disneyland in Anaheim. Recently, Disney signed a partnership to create attractions based on 20th Century Fox’s "Avatar," the first of which will begin construction in Orlando in 2013."
The Harry Potter attracton at Universal’s Orlando theme park has been a big winner, the story notes: "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando has drawn more than 7 million people and was a primary driver in a 36% boost in attendance at the theme park in the first three months of 2011."