Jim Hill's update today:
Yes. After several years of protracted negotiations with author J. K. Rowling as well as Warner Bros. (During which the Walt Disney Company had to pay out an estimated $140 million in order to land the network broadcasting rights for both "Sorcerer's Stone" and "Chamber of Secrets"), it appears that the Mouse is just inches away from finally acquiring the rights to use the characters and settings from all seven of the "Harry Potter" books in a theme park setting.
And -- provided that Mickey can actually close that deal -- Well ... Picture a Disney-built site-based entertainment where -- by touching a portkey -- you're then magically whisked to Hogwarts. Which (not-so-co-incidentally) is holding an open house for muggles on that very same day.
Picture then being taken on an escorted tour of the school. Where you really do have to mind your step on the moving staircases. Where you'd better know the password or you won't be able to get past the fat lady. Where you can dine in the great hall or sit in on a potions class with Professor Snape.
So... sounds like a Harry Potter version of "Star Trek Experience" at the Las Vegas Hilton.
Will Diznoids embrace this form of interactive experience? I don't know. As much as I enjoy eating at Quark's at STE, I don't know if I'm up to dining in the Great Hall at Hogwart's. Some forms of "interactive entertainment" work, and some don't. I guess it depends on how truly interactive it is, and how large the groups are, being shuffled from one room to another.
Seeing as how Disney is not repulsed by the notion of herding large groups of guests through their parks like a cattle drive through Montana... this might not be the best avenue for their future entertainment offerings.