Fire Destroys Set of Harry Potter

As we wait patiently for the next film in the Harry Potter series, disaster strikes the set of the hit movies.

A fire ripped through the set of the Hogwarts castle, but luckily it looks like the blaze only burned down a mock-up version of the famous school of witchcraft and wizardry. The set at Leavesden Studios, near Watford, was attended to by six fire engines and burned for over 40 minutes before being extinguished.

According to the News of the World, an explosive scene was being filmed for the Battle of Hogwarts sequence – a key scene in the books and a fan favourite, when the replica set caught alight.

One source described the event, “We were shooting the scenes where Hogwarts gets blown up in battle, but fire managed to catch hold of the set and it went up in flames. It was completely out of control at one point.”

Thankfully, none of the principal cast members were involved and no-one was harmed, but the special effects team were reportedly very upset by the fire.

“The special effects guys involved are devastated. There’s always a risk when there’s shooting involving fire and explosives but this shouldn’t happen.”

Tony Smith, Watford fire brigade commander, told the Daily Mail, “There is a big battle scene involving a lot of pyrotechnics and explosions. There is a mocked-up castle made of timber, steel and plastic – somehow it caught alight.”

Though much of the replica set was destroyed, production will continue but will it affect the scheduled finish date?

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