Has Disney finally cornered Harry Potter?

It’s amazing the coincidences in life that chance can bring. For instance, assume you’re a Disney fan flying on a plane from London to Orlando. Then assume you’re sitting next to a licensing representative from a book publishing firm based in London. You’d probably be interested in why that person was making such a business trip.

Well that’s the scenario that just happened to one writer on Mousevine. Using deduction, and a little bit of divination, the author has guessed that it looks like Disney has taken the big prize back from Universal and will now be the only company licensed to put Harry Potter themed attractions in their parks.

Now there is another possible interpretation of this rumor. It could be that the publisher’s representative never got around to telling Disney that they had been outbid by Universal and that this was a trip to iron out the legal mess. But I don’t see NBC/Universal opening up the deep pockets right now, considering that GE is busy selling of parts of itself like a plastic surgeon addict in a pawn shop (I know, that’s a mental image).

So it remains to be seen exactly where Wizard Boy will end up. We’ll probably not know for sure until both parties are ready to make some sort of public announcement. Also, should Harry survive book seven, look for the winning studio here to also get rights to a television animation show set in the same universe. If Harry dies, I don’t think there will be much interest remaining in the franchise.

Where would you rather see Harry Potter end up? Disney or Universal? Who do you think would treat the franchise better and why?