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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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478 Points

awwws:( terrible, but great that no one was hurt:) oh all the repair and stuff…. why does this happen to harry potter? why cant this happen to twilight?

Posted by ProfessorAlice on March 22, 2010, 05:46 PM report to moderator
28416 Points

They do take lots of precautions, and also have contingency plans in case there is a problem, the particular risks are always made clear. As far as I know it was an outdoor set, so no risk of danger to the studio anyway.

Posted by moglet [ITC!] on March 22, 2010, 06:59 PM report to moderator
37 Points

I’m really glad no one was hurt! it’s a bummer that it happened, and i hope that it doesn’t happen again. sooo excited for Deathly Hallows!

Posted by maddog916 on March 22, 2010, 07:16 PM report to moderator
75 Points

I probably won’t happen again(knock on wood). I excited too! The first part comes out in November. I wonder where part one will end?

Posted by PotionsMaster7 on March 22, 2010, 07:25 PM report to moderator
160 Points

I’m glad to see that WB confired suspicions about the News of the World and their penchant for exaggaration, I’m glad that it isn’t nearly as bad as earlier reported.

Posted by lurking_llama on March 22, 2010, 08:04 PM report to moderator
12348 Points

I’m so glad that nobody was hurt! Thank goodness, they were planning to rebuild the set in the first place!

Posted by LoveTomRiddle [ROAR] on March 23, 2010, 12:04 AM report to moderator
5185 Points

I’m glad no one get hurts. I hope that everything would be fixed. It just shows how hard they are working for the movies. Good luck to them and I hope nothing like this would happen again. :D

Posted by chRiStiNe [(ROAR)] on March 23, 2010, 12:14 AM report to moderator
2150 Points

I’m glad that everyone is ok.

Posted by KellBell{ROAR} on March 23, 2010, 12:27 AM report to moderator
3767 Points

Glad no one was injured and glad that nothing was damaged that wasn’t already planned for rebuilding!

Posted by Want to be a Weasley on March 23, 2010, 09:04 AM report to moderator
187 Points

glad no one was hurt

Posted by BellatrixGranger on March 23, 2010, 09:37 AM report to moderator
7239 Points

Have any of you acutally READ the Update Statement, issued by WB? Working, in the film industry, I am inclined to believe that there was never any real threat to anyone [or anything] of consequence. I am glad no one was hurt. [Actors OR crew] Let’s hear it, for the Tabloids, folks. Don’t go al upset, thinking that “something else is going wrong….it will be just like….” It’s not even a “set back” [no pun intended] Actually, from this standpoint, it probably saved a bit on having to destroy the bit, themselves, before “rebuild”…JMHO

Posted by Confederate Lady [CL, Rawwrrrr] on March 23, 2010, 10:31 AM report to moderator
7239 Points

1. NO, Howgwarts doesn’t get “blown up”, in the book.
2. The book discribes serious damage, walls falling in, etc.
3. It also discribes the building as "having the look of having been “exploded”
4. Nope. This movie is NOT gonna “stink”….
5. Yes. Thank God nobody got hurt.

Posted by Confederate Lady [CL, Rawwrrrr] on March 23, 2010, 10:37 AM report to moderator
2168 Points

NOOOOOO. i cant believe that!!!!!!! but im just glad nobody got hurt….

Posted by MaggieNoise on March 23, 2010, 01:45 PM report to moderator
37 Points

ohhhhh nooooo! P.S. HAGRID ROCKS!!

Posted by Ravenclaw12 on March 23, 2010, 04:55 PM report to moderator
52447 Points

I can’t believe it! I hope that doesn’t make the wait longer!

Posted by WhyAllTheGlitterâ„¢ on March 23, 2010, 07:21 PM report to moderator
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