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WB Plans for Permanent UK Studio; Public Tours of Harry Potter Sets

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Posted by: Edward
January 27, 2010, 10:47 AM

The Financial Times has an article online which reveals plans by Warner Bros. to establish "a permanent base in the UK as part of an estimated £100m ($161m)-plus investment that would make it the only Hollywood major to own a studio outside the US."  This base at Leavesden Studios, where the Harry Potter films have been in production for the past decade, is said to feature a "plan to allow members of the public to visit, by appointment, the sets of films made at Leavesden, including the great hall from the Harry Potter series."  The Financial Times continues:

The new plans involve building two new permanent stages, refurbishing the existing buildings and redesigning its 100-acre “backlot”, the area used for shooting outdoor scenes.
A person familiar with the plans said Warner Brothers wants to make Leavesden a European hub for post-production, including visual effects, animatronics and film editing in the UK, and believes that it will attract film business to the country.
Update: The official Warner Bros. Twitter account now confirms the report, saying, "Hey Potter Fans! WB is making a move to acquire and expand Leavesden Studios outside of London—the home of the “Harry Potter” films!"

As always, stay close to TLC for complete details and updates when we get them! Thanks to SS!

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59 Comments

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3777 Points

now i really want to make the trip

Posted by ZachBlack [ROAR] on January 27, 2010, 12:54 PM report to moderator
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232 Points

Wow, this and the theme park? Interesting.. well, it would be a great reason for a trip to the UK. Future con locations anyone??

Posted by wiirenet on January 27, 2010, 02:27 PM report to moderator
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461 Points

i want to go!!!

Posted by LilLadySnape on January 27, 2010, 03:09 PM report to moderator
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1420 Points

thats soo cool but i live soo far away

Posted by alicia00 on January 27, 2010, 03:13 PM report to moderator
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4056 Points

Cool! Maybe I could go there during the summer holidays….

Posted by fifi ~::~ ıɟıɟ {WBM!} {ITC!} on January 27, 2010, 03:42 PM report to moderator
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Awesome!!! Now I just need to save up enough money. Between this and the theme park I’ll be broke.

Posted by butterbeer bottle on January 27, 2010, 04:28 PM report to moderator
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4565 Points

Looks like another company is expanding overseas. That will be cool to visit though.

Posted by Ron&Hermione-4-ever [ROAR] on January 27, 2010, 05:04 PM report to moderator
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4852 Points

Coolio!! What a must-see!

Posted by #1 Witch ROAR! on January 27, 2010, 05:09 PM report to moderator
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1740 Points

That is like a once in a lifetime trip that has finally come true!
AWSOME!

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37354 Points

OMG! Now we have this and a theme park to look forward to. Now I have to make the trip to London!

Posted by CarinaPotter (ROAR!) on January 27, 2010, 06:29 PM report to moderator
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668 Points

The UK definitely deserves a piece of tourism considering this is where it is all based!

Posted by Little Deatheater on January 27, 2010, 07:03 PM report to moderator
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866 Points

I can see tour packages being built around this attraction already. Why not kick off the opening with a HP convention?

Posted by Kami Malfoy on January 27, 2010, 08:38 PM report to moderator
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276 Points

Cool. If that happens, it will be another site to visit while in England.

Posted by leigia on January 27, 2010, 09:43 PM report to moderator
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1408 Points

Wow that’s awesome! Now I really wish I was in England… :( Looks like a trip will definitely be on the calendar

Posted by da_member0808 on January 27, 2010, 10:54 PM report to moderator
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2986 Points

Sounds cool!

Posted by DH Obsessed [ROAR!] on January 27, 2010, 11:43 PM report to moderator
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