Updated: Family of Injured Stuntman on Potter Films Issues Statement


Jan 30, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

Update: Through representatives, Daniel Radcliffe has asked that everyone note that his comments will style=”font-size: 10pt;”>remain private between himself and the stunt man.

The family of the stuntman who was seriously injured recently on the set of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has now issued a statement. UK Channel 4 reports that the family of 25 year old David Holmes has issued the following:

“We would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. We
are trusting in the expertise of the medical staff who are caring for
David and would ask the media to please respect the privacy of our
family while we concentrate on helping each other through this
difficult time.”

The accident occurred earlier this week at Leavesden Studios in London, England where prep work is underway for main photography on the two part Deathly Hallows films which is due to begin on February 15. The stuntman, a long time double for actor Dan Radcliffe in his role as Harry Potter, fell while testing an aerial stunt, injuring his back upon landing on the ground. Dan Radcliffe was not present, as he is still in New York completing his final days in the Broadway production of Equus.

The Mirror also cites a friend of the injured man as saying:

“They are hoping he will make a full recovery. But it was
a nasty injury and it might be some time before they know exactly what
they are dealing with.

“He is hoping he hasn’t suffered any
really serious permanent damage. He has worked in the film industry
long enough to know it can be dangerous. And no matter what precautions
are taken, performing stunts always carries a risk. But he has always
loved his work and he will be hoping this isn’t the end of his career.”

53 Responses to Updated: Family of Injured Stuntman on Potter Films Issues Statement

Avatar Image says: Unfortunately, they probably won't know anything for a while. My prayers are with him and his family. It's always so scary when something like this happens...Avatar Image says: Being in the film industry, I know how fragile a stuntman's profession can be. I hope it's just swelling, causing the loss of nerve. My prayers, and the prayers of all my friends, are with the family.....this is going to be a trying time. I hope the media respects the family's wishes. :(Avatar Image says: Although I absolutely love all the stunts in the HP films, this accident really makes you re-evaluate how often dangerous and under-appreciated the work of stunt doubles are. Best wishes to him for a speedy and total recovery and heres hoping no other accidents will result during the rest of production... p.s. I had to laugh with them mentioning Dan was in NY at the time. As if he could have done something??!! Avatar Image says: Hoping and praying for the best. Avatar Image says: As everyone else, I am sending all my dearest hopes and wishes for David - good to have a name to put with my prayers. God speed David - we will be eagerly waiting to hear good news.Avatar Image says: Indeed my thoughts and prayers are with David and his family. There was a comment in the earlier thread that he had been moved to Stoke Mandeville hospital, which treats the most serious spinal injuries. But this morning's reports are saying that he is actually in the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital at Stanmore - still serious but more encouraging than the other would have been.Avatar Image says: Well that's a good sign. My thoughts and prayers go to him and his family. I pray for a full and speedy recovery.Avatar Image says: My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Hopefully he is able to make a full recovery and resume living the life he would like to!Avatar Image says: I'm hoping for a full recovery for David! Sending good wishes to him and his family!Avatar Image says: To Linds, it's not so much what Dan could have done, it's that a lot of people don't necessarily know that Dan was not there. One of the papers, the Sun or Mirror?, had it on the front page taking up half the space with the headlines screaming something like "Harry Potter hurt in explosion" in capital letters with a picture of Dan and only in smaller print that it was the stuntman hurt. A lot of the headlines were just like that, The Mirror has "PRAYERS FOR HARRY POTTER" in white with stuntman in smaller letters and in red. It's just to grab the public's attention. Anyways hope his news is good and soon. Best wishes for him and his loved ones.Avatar Image says: wow i didnt realize it was this serious! and ooh now we know what it was for, pix for deatly hallows. sweet!!!!!Avatar Image says: Get well soon David, and I hope its not siriusly bad. We still dont know a whole lot, but his family wants the privacy so that is understandable. I dont think we have to go as far as to say this is a curse of on the Harry Potter set. Im sure the rest of the filming will turn out fine. I just hope that Dan has more than one stunt double if things go wrong, which I pray they dont. As someone said on the other form a persons legs and spine are very fragile. Avatar Image says: My thoughts and prayers for a return to good health. Avatar Image says: I hope this young man will fully recover. Too bad that magic can't come to his help. The real world is very dangerous. I am relieved that he is at the less seriously injured hospital. There is hope.Avatar ImageeiVega says: I will continue to keep him in my prayers, now by name. My family offered our rosary last night for him and we will keep it up. I really want to send a Get Well Soon card. Leaky, is there any way to coordinate something from the fandom??Avatar ImageRose-Mclane says: I hope he makes a full recovery. It makes me sick to hear about the false "news" reports. I hate Rag Mags.Avatar ImageGraymayne says: I wish him a swift and full recovery. Dan will be upset for him.Avatar ImageAlex Robbin says: I hope he gets better soon.Avatar Imagepotterhead23 says: I really hope he's ok! Hopefully it was just the shock that made him not feel his legs.Avatar Imagenddulac says: It's easy to take for granted what hard and sometimes dangerous work it is to make these movies we so look forward to seeing. This tragedy serves as a reminder to all of us to treasure the time we have (and keep those who are struggling to get back to full strength in our thoughts and prayers.) Godspeed and a full recovery!Avatar Imagelunalovespudding says: My thoughts are with him and his family right now. Hope he makes a full recovery. Avatar ImageweB3now says: I wish him a very speedy and full recovery. If only magic was real and we could just say an incantation to fix everything...Avatar Imagebeewell says: My prayers with David and his family and I do hope that this will not be a lasting injury for him. Keep your spirits high David because we are all with you in spirit! ei/vega--I think that is an awesome idea and I am sure that Melissa and all the folks at Leaky will come up with something spectacular. Avatar ImageEmilyDeibert says: I really hope he's okay. Also, a Get Well Soon card's a good idea!Avatar Imagexlxcigaroxlx says: I really hope all turns out well, for him.....I was slightly shocked to hear this happen....Get well soon!Avatar ImageBrianaTheBard says: I'll keep him and his family in my prayers. Avatar Imagepadfoot84sb says: hoping everything turns out ok!!!Avatar ImageGobbledygook says: I hope he makes a full recovery.Avatar Imagehorcruxesgalore says: What - nobody is wondering what SCENE he got injured in anymore? GOOD. That's as it should be.Avatar Imageugurbocegi says: Oh, I hope he gets better soon and recovers completely. Avatar Imagelostielover says: I hope he makes a full recovery and gets better soon.Avatar ImageNeil in Scotland says: Poor guy!! I hope he recovers properly!Avatar ImageDolemite says: Get well soon!Avatar Imagejeannemcl says: Three cheers to Daniel for his statement. This is a private matter, and we have no right to know what goes on between the two of them. I hope everything turns out well for this young man.Avatar Imagecamsammom1 says: I hope everything is ok for him. This will be a very hard time for him and his family. I wish him well.Avatar ImageMcGiggles92 says: I hope he gets better, and that's not just because he does the movies and it would slow them up.Avatar Imageele0206 says: I don't pray much, but I did it for him. I really hope he recovers soon. Best wishes to David and all his family. EleAvatar ImageCatherine says: OUCH! i feelso for the guy! my thoughts and prayers r with him and his family! Avatar Imagestarkitty313 says: Hope that everything will turn out ok for the stuntman and everyone around him.Avatar Imagetgfoy says: my prayers are with him for a full recovery and with his family.Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: Lets hope he makes a full recovery! They DO NOT pay these stunt guys and gals enough for what they do, and the risks they take...Avatar Imagelnh92 says: My prayers are with him and his family.Avatar Imagegryffindor_ladybug says: Prayers and well wishes to him and his family for a speedy and full recovery!!!Avatar Imagethereshegoes says: This is definitely sad that such things happen. Of course they know the risk but one never really think that it will happen that often. I hope he will gain full recovery!Avatar Imagevicky granger says: I hope he gets well soon, I hadn't realized it was so serious at first. My best wishes to him and his family.Avatar Imagemaimiaa says: hope everything goes well for him and his family.Avatar ImageMariex3 says: I hope that is alright, though. I bet it takes courage to do stuff like those stunts in the movie. I couldn't do it all, that's for sure.Avatar Imagedarkveela says: Oh, I really hope he will recover nicely. Avatar Imagemhaeyemhaeye says: I hope he'll be fine... Sigh... Sad when this kinds of things happen... But it's fate, what can we do... Avatar Imagestuckinanhpmoment says: Poor guy! Hope he recovers.Avatar Imageeviden says: Hoping for the best :)Avatar ImageGarden State Geek says: This is the tough part of the movie business. I hope he is better soon. Avatar ImageBrosia23 says: This is sad and I hope that all is well with him.

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