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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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84 Points

wow good no one was hurt

Posted by 7Pirates on March 23, 2010, 09:15 PM report to moderator
3187 Points

aww that’s too bad. thankfully everyone’s alright!

Posted by harrygetsme on March 23, 2010, 11:48 PM report to moderator
2417 Points

Glad no-one hurt but hope this doesn’t change the way they film the battle at Hogwarts – you know, rather than re-build something they jsut use green screen or some backdrop bit o f business – they’ve been first class so far so I guess we’kl have to hope that they’ll continue right up to the end.

Posted by Hagrid 713 (ROAR) on March 24, 2010, 09:41 AM report to moderator

This incident actually underscores how fortunate the entire HP film production has been…there have been remarkably few problems when you think about it, and most have nothing to do with the filming/cast. given the scale, and the length of time that the production has continued, it really is remarkable that more things have not gone wrong.

1. the Ford Anglia got stolen (and is still missing I think)
2. the Horwarts express got vandalized
3. JW acted foolishly, and is paying a steep price for his actions —the only cast faux pas that I know of
4. the loss of Richard Harris…no one’s fault (here, we should acknowledge as well the loss of several of the cast who held minor roles)
5. Maggie Smith’s battle with cancer, which thankfully she appears to have won
—again, no one’s fault
6. and now a minor fire at a set due to be destroyed anyway.

given the number of people involved, the decade of production, and so on, truly, its been lucky!

Posted by budb on March 24, 2010, 10:27 AM report to moderator
4452 Points

Oh no!! Glad no one was hurt!
The explosions must be pretty real then!

8069 Points

Glad no one was hurt but it is so hard to hear of HP sets being taken down or everything coming to an end.

Posted by Melinae ♥Squee♥/Professor Truffle on March 24, 2010, 06:11 PM report to moderator
22044 Points

good to hear they are OK! too bad that the effects stuff get ‘devastated’ =S

2570 Points

close one

Posted by madman1277 on March 25, 2010, 03:40 PM report to moderator
2062 Points

Well I’m so glad that no one was hurt!! I feel for all of the crew though, that must be a hard thing. I have complete confidence though, that they will soldier on!

Posted by Alice Weasley{Weasley's Queen} [ROAR!] on March 25, 2010, 11:24 PM report to moderator
218 Points

That’s terrible! I’m very happy no one was hurt.

Posted by Elderwand103 [FTC!] on March 29, 2010, 02:57 PM report to moderator
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