Poof! Harry Potter park to appear in Hollywood

By the Associated Press | December 6, 2011 | 2:40 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Universal Studios says it will spend several hundred million dollars to build a Harry Potter attraction inside its existing Hollywood theme park, mimicking the success of a similar park in Orlando, Fla.

The attraction will create more than 1,000 jobs at Universal and even more from an expected boost in tourism.

At the same time, Orlando's Wizarding World of Harry Potter will get an expansion.

Since the Harry Potter attraction opened in Florida in June of last year, attendance has jumped by around 50 percent.

Universal executives did not immediately detail their plans for the Hollywood park.

Universal is a unit of Comcast Corp.