Studios where Harry Potter was filmed suffer fire overnight
At 11:29pm BST on Wednesday 10th July 2019, the Warner Brothers Studios, where Harry Potter was filmed, was called for attention from fire crews, and remained at the scene for at least 15 hours to put the blaze out. Shortly after 3pm on Thursday 11th July, the fire service confirmed the fire was out. The cause is still unknown.
Located in Leavesden, Hertfordshire, the Warner Brothers Studios is currently home to "The Making of Harry Potter", where visitors have been able to experience the Great Hall, Dumbledore's Office and Platform 9 ¾. The studios were opened to the public on the 31st March 2012, and they have since seen more than 12 million Harry Potter fans walk through the great doors.
Other films filmed at the studios include James Bond, Fast & Furious and Mission Impossible franchises. Avenue 5 is currently being filmed there, which is a HBO space comedy.
No one was injured in the blaze, since the studios are closed, however a resident nearby said: "My house is only about 200m away from the perimeter fence and we have a clear line of sight over gardens so we managed to see it out one of our windows.
The smoke went high into the air, and as I watched, the smoke appeared to get thicker, so much so that we could see the flashing lights of the fire engines reflecting off the thick smoke."