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Universal could be developing magical wand attraction for Harry Potter theme park

Is this the beginning of the muggle world's first wizard wand ride?

Is this the beginning of the muggle world's first wizard wand ride?  (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office)

Disney is reportedly bringing lightsabers to its Star Wars land.

Now it looks like Universal Orlando is trying to bring some real like magic into the muggle world.

NBCUniversal subsidiary Universal City Studios LLC filed a new patent Monday that provides details on an “interactive video-game ride involving wands and spells,” reports the Orlando Business Journal. While the word “Hogwarts” isn’t mentioned in the documentation, the language does spell out the possibility for a “wizard-themed game.”

An image from the patent shows a rider, holding what could be a wand, sitting in a mobile vehicle moving through a course that appears set to send and receive signals from various angles. In other words, guests on the attraction could theoretically point toward an object in their path and direct it to move or have some other delightful thing happen if the correct “spells” were uttered.

According to the Business Journal, “the patent states that the ride could involve participants competing against one another, scoring points along the way.” To make the ride more age appropriate, it could be set up with scenes of varying degrees of scariness from the popular book and movie franchise.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal’s Islands of Adventure first opened in 2010. In 2014, Universal opened a Harry Potter park on the outskirts of Osaka, Japan. The park expanded to Universal Studios Hollywood to much fanfare in April this year.

Don’t fail your OWLs. Time for all you muggles to brush up on your spellwork.