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Hogwarts Castle

The Gibson Amphitheatre and the Adventures of Curious George attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood will be demolished to make room for the park's clone of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Universal Studios Hollywood has confirmed that the the 41-year old Gibson Amphitheatre will close in September 2013, to enable construction work to begin on Harry Potter-themed land. The Adventures of Curious George will close at the end of the summer season.

The Gibson Amphitheatre is a well-known venue that has hosted a range of events, including the MTV Music Awards. Shows that are scheduled to be performed there this fall will be moved to new venues.

In the Adventures of Curious George play area, kids can run and jump through town and play amid countless water features that spray, dump, and drizzle those who dare to get too close. It is not yet known if Universal will create a similar attraction elsewhere in the park to compensate for its closure.

Universal Studios Hollywood will begin construction on its own version of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in late summer 2013, after authorities gave final approval to its Evolution Plan. The new land will be just one of a number of major updates to the movie studios and theme park, as part of an overall $1.6 billion project.

The Wizarding of Harry Potter is expected to be very similar to the existing version at Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure. It is likely to incorporate a clone of the groundbreaking Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey dark ride, as well as several other attractions, shops and restaurants. At its heart will sit a recreation of the iconic Hogwarts Castle.

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