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Fire Damages "Deathly Hallows" Set (Updated)

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Posted by: Rosi
March 21, 2010, 07:28 PM

British tabloid News of the World is reporting that a fire broke out on the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" film set on Friday evening. The newspaper cites "explosives used in action sequences"  as the cause of the blaze, with firefighters from six fire engines taking 40 minutes to put the fire out. No one was injured and the explosives reportedly were being used to film the "scenes where Hogwarts gets blown up during the battle." The paper adds that Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) and Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) were not on set at the time, but the special effects crew are "devastated."

Update: This morning, Warner Bros. issued a statement regarding the fire which says:
"It was a big special effects scene. Unfortunately, there was a small fire as a result of that. As a precaution, as we had already mobilised our own in-house fire team who had it under control, the fire brigade was called and it was put out in under an hour.
"There was no damage to Leavesden Studios at all. The actual set was due to be rebuilt anyway. The scene was where the set was being destroyed and then it was to be rebuilt for a new scene, as part of a battle for Deathly Hallows part two.
"The idea that fire ripped through Leavesden Studios is so far from the truth, it's untrue. It was a very isolated incident. It was put out very quickly and with limited damage."
Thanks janspach, Bert, Patrick and Elliot for emailing in!

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100 Comments

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See that guy named Patrick in the thanks? Yeah, that’s me :P I feel special.

And yeah, I feel horrible for the filmmakers; David Yates must be having a cow!

Posted by Oddape on March 21, 2010, 08:14 PM report to moderator
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I feel so bad for the special effects crew. :( So glad no one got hurt!

Posted by Kissa on March 21, 2010, 08:15 PM report to moderator
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wow, good thing no one was hurt! hope they can fix everything.

Posted by Stephie_Potter90 on March 21, 2010, 08:23 PM report to moderator
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wow, this sucks, its devastating.. but i’m relived to hear that know one was hurt physically

Posted by ϟ☮Sindi a.k.a Remy [ROAR!!]☮ϟ on March 21, 2010, 08:29 PM report to moderator
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oh, ouch….that really sucks. im glad that no one got hurt though, i just feel bad for the special effects people, this probably set them back along way….why are they blowing up hogwarts anyway?

Posted by Catherine ( *SQUEE!*) on March 21, 2010, 08:31 PM report to moderator
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Oh, that’s terrible! I’m really glad no one was hurt, but I hope it didn’t destroy a lot… I do NOT want another postponement!

Posted by Maxtina Potter (Aty) on March 21, 2010, 08:39 PM report to moderator
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I am truly happy theat nobody was injured!

Perhaps there is a silver lining, though; if they were truly, as the report says, going to blow up Hogwarts — which just like the burning of the Burrow, was NOT in the books — maybe they will scrap that idea now.

I HOPE SO!!!

Posted by RRR on March 21, 2010, 08:45 PM report to moderator
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This is horrible! I’m glad everyone is okay, but I hope the repairs are quick and easy.

Posted by Taylor on March 21, 2010, 08:55 PM report to moderator
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So much for November release date.

Posted by taoist1 on March 21, 2010, 09:03 PM report to moderator
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wow. Glad no one was hurt. Hopefully the damage didn’t spread very far.

Posted by jhangelgurl (ITC!) on March 21, 2010, 09:08 PM report to moderator
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Great that no-one got hurt. But I hope they’ll be able and allowed to replace the explosives and let’s hope no stupid regulations come in that will hinder films from using explosives. Though obviously they probably need to change something. Let’s hope they were insured. And that they’re given the time to repair what they need to properly and don’t end up rushing what they’ve got left to film.

Posted by nellythemarrow on March 21, 2010, 09:16 PM report to moderator
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As far as Hogwarts getting “blown up” is concerned, they could have meant that sections of the castle sustain serious damage (which also happens in the book). I highly doubt that they are literally blowing everything sky high.

Posted by SwedishSkinJer on March 21, 2010, 09:25 PM report to moderator
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For example, walls are blasted away, certain sections crumble, etc…

Most of the explosions could have been centered on the main set piece, but not the entire castle.

Posted by SwedishSkinJer on March 21, 2010, 09:26 PM report to moderator
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hogwarts doesnt get blown up. wow this movies gana stink. ugg this stink.

Posted by floridianhp*ROAR* on March 21, 2010, 09:33 PM report to moderator
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well thank god nobody got hurt.

Posted by floridianhp*ROAR* on March 21, 2010, 09:34 PM report to moderator
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