Harry Potter Movie Fan Gossip!
It seems the Hogwarts Castle stage set caught on fire during the filming of the latest Harry Potter film (if Hollywood rumors are true). [Mar. 21]
Evil Beet reports:
A special effects explosion went wrong while filming a battle scene for the upcoming movie Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and “Hogwart’s Castle” was completely incinerated.
To clarify, a set at Leavesden Film Studios in Hertfordshire that is used for most of the interior shots of the castle (like the photo above) burned down, not the 11th century castle in Northumberland that is gussied up with computer animation and used for the exterior shots in the movies (yes, they use different locations for the exterior and interior shots, those sneaky [buggers]).
According to the celebrity gossip site,
None of the cast was on set at the time of the fire, but more than 100 crew were present, which could have been a disaster given how quickly the set caught alight and how difficult it was to extinguish. Despite the efforts of six fire crews, the set was completely destroyed; a loss estimated at around £100,000.
They further write, “No word from the studios on how much this might push back production dates (and the eventual release of the film), but if they have to completely rebuild the set and special effects equipment, I don’t see how it couldn’t.”
We’ll keep our fingers crossed the stage crew can use past footage to recreate the scene sets with some extra elbow grease quickly and convincingly — and if they can’t, it is — after all — a magical SHIFTING castle.
Perhaps JK Rowling can write in a scene or two for Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Grainger to notice the rooms changing.
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