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Butterbeer hits the spot at the new Harry Potter theme park

July 4, 2010 |  6:03 am
Don't go looking for corn dogs and glow sticks when you go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which opened two weeks ago at Universal Orlando Resort's Islands of Adventure.

Read all about how author J.K. Rowling signed off on all sketches, models, film footage, and even the food and beverages served at the park.

In fact, Thierry Coup, vice president of Universal Orlando Creative, said his most anxious moment was watching Rowling take her first taste of butterbeer, the preferred beverage of Harry and his friends when they visited Hogsmeade's Three Broomsticks Inn.

"She was quite specific about how it tasted in the books," Coup says. "But still, it was a big relief when she smiled."

Photo: Park guests Jillian Woodworth and Steven Hopke try out butterbeer at the grand opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando theme park in Orlando, Fla. Credit: John Raoux / Associated Press