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Harry Potter stars blast London mayor for US theme park complaint

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London, June 18 (ANI): The stars of the Harry Potter have criticised London mayor Boris Johnson for complaining that a new wizarding theme park should have been built in Britain, not America.Johnson, 45, had blasted bosses at film giant Warner Bros., telling them they were "utterly mad" to allow a Harry Potter park to be created in Florida when the books and movies are all set in the U.K.Stars of the movie, including Michael Gambon and Tom Felton, disagreed with the mayor, insisting that a similar attraction would not work in London.According to GMTV, Gambon, 69, spoke out about it at the launch of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida."Oh he's a silly old fart isn't he, really? Boris Johnson... What's he talking about? I mean only 10 people live in England don't they? You've got to have it in America to get the money back," the Daily Star quoted him as saying.Felton, 22, has also laughed off Johnson's comments, insisting the weather isn't good enough in England to host the outside park."I've got a few words for Boris... well mate, if you want the park to be open for 30 days a year then put it in England, but come on, realistically this is the place to do it," he stated.Daniel Radcliffe, 20, also spoke out about the issue, insisting that if Johnson wants to build a Harry Potter theme park in the U.K., then he should use his political influence to push the decision through."Of course it would be absolutely wonderful to have an equivalent in London and I'm sure Boris, as the mayor of London, is surely the man with the power to make that happen, one would assume," he said. (ANI)

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