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Location Filming for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Wraps In Wales, Shell Cottage to Be Dismantled

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Posted by: sue
May 17, 2009, 12:52 AM

As we've reported many times, location filming for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows took place this past week on Freshwater Beach in Pembrokeshire, Wales. It was scheduled to run just a few days, and Wales Online is reporting that "by Thursday preparations were being made to dismantle the Shell Cottage and the stars had made their way back to London, leaving only a few crew members and security guards to protect the ingenious set." Be sure to check out TLC's extensive collection of photos from the filming here in our galleries, including the most recent ones of the apparition from Malfoy Manor to the cottage.

The Wales Online article notes that many fans were excited to see the filming, and local business hope that fans and tourists will continue to flock to the area, even after the beautiful house made of shells has been removed.

Some hoteliers have been claiming business has been up by more than 150% on the average May, thanks to the arrival of the popular movie franchise at this particular corner of West Wales.

Restaurant owner Jonathan Hughes, 31, of Saundersfoot was on his second visit to the beach. “It’s fascinating, they’ve built an awesome set,” he said. “The detail on the house is very impressive. I was here on Saturday to watch them filming and there was a huge crowd. We saw a couple of the main actors rehearsing, which isn’t something you see every day. “I think it’s great for the area and it’s bringing in lots of visitors. I’ve spoken to people from all over the place. We were speaking to some teenagers from Shrewsbury who had come down for the day.

Pembroke Dock resident Chris Haines, 70, was keen to take pictures of the set before it disappeared for good. “It’s absolutely amazing. I used to work on films a long while ago but I’ve never seen anything like this. I love it.” The set has attracted thousands of visitors over the last week. “It’s a pity they can’t leave it here, people would be flocking here all year round.”

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594 Points

It’s such a shame that they’re dismantling the shell cottage! I’ve been looking at these photos from the day they started coming in, even though I really shouldn’t, ‘cause I haven’t actually read DH yet * embarrassed * Yet I only just realised today, when viewing the latest “apparition from Malfoy Manor” photos, how beautiful the shell cottage looked when viewed from that particular angle (kinda sideways and with the hill pictured behind it). It looked really nice from the first pics on but for some reason I never really caught how beautiful and, indeed, very Potterish, it looked when set against the hills on the background, until I saw the latest photos.

Posted by MischiefManaged on May 17, 2009, 01:11 AM report to moderator
4603 Points


Posted by placebowiz on May 17, 2009, 01:22 AM report to moderator
1642 Points

thanks leaky and everyone who shared photos with us! this has been a very interesting week for all of us!

Posted by Matea on May 17, 2009, 01:29 AM report to moderator
19573 Points

Reall interesting… Ashame it is all over though… :(

Posted by R-for-H {ROAR} :D on May 17, 2009, 01:31 AM report to moderator
12005 Points

They are right that the set would be an attraction. Maybe it will show up in Orlando.

Posted by budgie on May 17, 2009, 01:33 AM report to moderator
3703 Points

I would “flock” over to see Shell Cottage if it stayed up :)

Posted by Christine on May 17, 2009, 01:35 AM report to moderator
109 Points

i would have loved to have gone

Posted by ellamia on May 17, 2009, 01:47 AM report to moderator
241 Points

It is a bit of a shame that they couldn’t keep the set up, but it’s much more important to keep the beach the way it’s always been.

Can’t wait to see it in the film though! :)

Posted by Linnyish on May 17, 2009, 02:04 AM report to moderator
404 Points

So sad that it’ll be taken down so soon after it was built. Ah, well…At least it’s preserved in film.

Posted by VeganMudblood on May 17, 2009, 02:06 AM report to moderator
690 Points

I can’t get excited about them Filming Deathly Hallows, we still haven’t seen the HBP movie!!!!! Is it July yet?

Posted by carebie on May 17, 2009, 02:39 AM report to moderator
1661 Points

That sucks that they’re taking it down already. I’m shocked that they’re already finished with the Shell Cottage exterior scenes…they’re going so fast! But I guess they will have to take a break soon to promote HBP and then Emma has school.

Posted by cghambright on May 17, 2009, 02:44 AM report to moderator
523 Points

it feels like it was up for a short time…too bad….

Posted by Phlegm dela Coeur on May 17, 2009, 02:51 AM report to moderator
1661 Points

@mischiefmanaged: I can’t believe you haven’t read DH yet. lol. In a way I’m kind of jealous because the first time reading that book is just a rollercoaster ride of emotions. It’s great.

Posted by cghambright on May 17, 2009, 02:55 AM report to moderator
3048 Points

It is fantastic that filming in the area gave the local economy such a wonderful boost!

Posted by Kirk on May 17, 2009, 06:16 AM report to moderator
765 Points

Yes Kirk, I agree, it’s been great for the local area. And Mischiefmanaged, what do you mean, you haven’t read DH yet?!!! Shame on you!

Posted by Verity Weasley on May 17, 2009, 06:31 AM report to moderator
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