Fire Damages "Deathly Hallows" Set (Updated)
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."
"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!
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!
I feel so bad for the special effects crew. :( So glad no one got hurt!
wow, good thing no one was hurt! hope they can fix everything.
wow, this sucks, its devastating.. but i’m relived to hear that know one was hurt physically
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?
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!
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!!!
This is horrible! I’m glad everyone is okay, but I hope the repairs are quick and easy.
So much for November release date.
wow. Glad no one was hurt. Hopefully the damage didn’t spread very far.
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.
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.
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.
hogwarts doesnt get blown up. wow this movies gana stink. ugg this stink.
well thank god nobody got hurt.