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

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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2986 Points

It sounds so cool. I’m glad they’re doing that. It’s a wonderful idea.

Posted by DH Obsessed [ROAR!] on January 27, 2010, 11:45 PM report to moderator
80450 Points

That is interesting news…

Posted by Won_Two on January 28, 2010, 03:18 AM report to moderator
80450 Points

Time stamp is still messed up I see…

Posted by Won_Two on January 28, 2010, 03:19 AM report to moderator
2168 Points

thats really awesome. id love 2 c the sets!!! (HP of course, but i wouldnt mind seeing some for other films, as well)

Posted by MaggieNoise on January 28, 2010, 03:32 AM report to moderator
47 Points

It would be really nice to visit the sets! and they will earn more money though.. lol

Posted by Anatnof on January 28, 2010, 03:44 AM report to moderator
590 Points

It’ll be interesting to see how it works out. Could be a very good idea.

Posted by vespasian68967 on January 28, 2010, 04:35 AM report to moderator
5439 Points

I want like to go becouse it sounds cool!!!

Posted by Fleur-de- Lily on January 28, 2010, 05:09 AM report to moderator
1067 Points

So there are not going to tear down the Harry Potter sets? As a fan it sounds cool, but isn’t that a waste of space for future productions? Will they build more stages to make up for it? Are they also converting it to a more visitor-oriented studio like Universal? Or will visiting these sets be the same as getting access to FOX, Disney, Sony, Paramount, etc? Hmm….I wonder….

Posted by eiVega on January 28, 2010, 05:21 AM report to moderator
2150 Points

that would be sooo cool!

Posted by KellBell{ROAR} on January 28, 2010, 05:23 AM report to moderator
32 Points

OMG!!! my heart just stopped and restarted! this is wonderful! in the words of draco malfoy “I have to do this”!!!!

Posted by lily918 on January 28, 2010, 05:49 AM report to moderator
1910 Points

I want to go there so bad. It is one of my dreams!!!!

Posted by Jane_Potter on January 28, 2010, 06:02 AM report to moderator
312 Points

Wow, awesome!

Posted by Lucida on January 28, 2010, 06:37 AM report to moderator

Yeah! I’m UK bound…..

Posted by NatJohnA on January 28, 2010, 07:04 AM report to moderator
1373 Points

Great! All the guides about London will have to include in “TOP places in London” this studios! Imagine: Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral, National Gallery, Leavesden Studios…))) Awesome!

Posted by Pollytomat on January 28, 2010, 07:10 AM report to moderator
2113 Points

wow another reason to go to Europe!!!!!
I hope they keep them

Posted by selene21 (ROAR) on January 28, 2010, 07:13 AM report to moderator
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