Harry Potter Hotel website crashes after being invaded by avid Muggle fans
Harry Potter fans are crying out loud to reserve a limited number of rooms at a central London hotel that have been decorated based on JK Rowling’s popular books.
Hotel rooms – also called wizards’ rooms – were adorned with potion bottles, cauldrons and “unexpected magical details,” according to the Georgian House hotel’s website. “They have a gothic side, very true to the spirit of Hogwarts.”
Muggle fans, however, may have to wait to book a room. The hotel’s website went down after surprisingly high customer demand, and calls are taking a long time to go through. A front desk spokesperson told CNNMoney the phones were ringing all the time.
The hotel reserves rooms until December 2015.
The Georgian House hotel has been offering a few Harry Potter-themed rooms for the past year. But demand has exploded in recent days after some local ads sparked a storm of media coverage.
Harry Potter-themed vacations don’t come cheap. An overnight stay for two costs Â£ 209 ($ 340) and the price goes up to Â£ 363 ($ 585) if you include breakfast, a special “Muggle Walking Tour” and tickets to a Warner Brothers Studio Tour which features the making of Harry Potter films.
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The last novel in the Harry Potter series was released in 2007, but the popularity of the boy wizard continues.
In July, Universal Studios Japan unveiled its long-awaited theme park, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
This is Universal’s second Potter-focused theme park – the original opened in Florida in 2010.
Universal Studios Hollywood would have its own version in 2016.
To keep fans interested, author JK Rowling also recently posted a short story on his “Pottermore” website, which provides a glimpse into the life of a Potter in his thirties.
CNNMoney (London) First published on October 27, 2014: 12:10 p.m. ET