Location Filming for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Wraps In Wales, Shell Cottage to Be Dismantled


May 17, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

As we’ve reported many times, location filming for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows took place this past week on Freshwater Beach in Pembrokeshire, Wales. It was scheduled to run just a few days, and Wales Online is reporting that “by Thursday preparations were being made to dismantle the Shell Cottage
and the stars had made their way back to London, leaving only a few
crew members and security guards to protect the ingenious set.” Be sure to check out TLC’s extensive collection of photos from the filming here in our galleries, including the most recent ones of the apparition from Malfoy Manor to the cottage.

The Wales Online article notes that many fans were excited to see the filming, and local business hope that fans and tourists will continue to flock to the area, even after the beautiful house made of shells has been removed.

Some hoteliers have been claiming business has been up by more than
150% on the average May, thanks to the arrival of the popular movie
franchise at this particular corner of West Wales.

Restaurant owner Jonathan Hughes, 31, of Saundersfoot was on his
second visit to the beach. “It’s fascinating, they’ve built an awesome
set’ he said. “The detail on the house is very impressive. I was here
on Saturday to watch them filming and there was a huge crowd. We saw a
couple of the main actors rehearsing, which isn’t something you see
every day. “I think it’s great for the area and it’s bringing
in lots of visitors. I’ve spoken to people from all over the place. We
were speaking to some teenagers from Shrewsbury who had come down for
the day.

Pembroke Dock resident Chris Haines, 70, was keen to take pictures of the set before it disappeared for good. “It’s absolutely amazing. I used to work on films a long while ago but I’ve never seen anything like this. I love it.” The
set has attracted thousands of visitors over the last week. “It’s a
pity they can’t leave it here, people would be flocking here all year

48 Responses to Location Filming for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Wraps In Wales, Shell Cottage to Be Dismantled

Avatar Image-MischiefManaged- says: It's such a shame that they're dismantling the shell cottage! I've been looking at these photos from the day they started coming in, even though I really shouldn't, 'cause I haven't actually read DH yet * embarrassed * Yet I only just realised today, when viewing the latest "apparition from Malfoy Manor" photos, how beautiful the shell cottage looked when viewed from that particular angle (kinda sideways and with the hill pictured behind it). It looked really nice from the first pics on but for some reason I never really caught how beautiful and, indeed, very Potterish, it looked when set against the hills on the background, until I saw the latest photos.Avatar Imageplacebowiz says: interestingAvatar ImageMatea says: thanks leaky and everyone who shared photos with us! this has been a very interesting week for all of us!Avatar ImageR-for-H says: Reall interesting... Ashame it is all over though... :(Avatar Imagebudgie says: They are right that the set would be an attraction. Maybe it will show up in Orlando.Avatar ImageHPNAIV says: I would "flock" over to see Shell Cottage if it stayed up :)Avatar Imageellamia says: i would have loved to have goneAvatar ImageLinnyish says: It is a bit of a shame that they couldn't keep the set up, but it's much more important to keep the beach the way it's always been. Can't wait to see it in the film though! :)Avatar ImageVeganMudblood says: So sad that it’ll be taken down so soon after it was built. Ah, well…At least it's preserved in film. Avatar Imagesquibcloakmaker says: I can't get excited about them Filming Deathly Hallows, we still haven't seen the HBP movie!!!!! Is it July yet?Avatar Imagecghambright says: That sucks that they're taking it down already. I'm shocked that they're already finished with the Shell Cottage exterior scenes...they're going so fast! But I guess they will have to take a break soon to promote HBP and then Emma has school. Avatar ImagePhlegm De La Coeur says: it feels like it was up for a short time...too bad....Avatar Imagecghambright says: @mischiefmanaged: I can't believe you haven't read DH yet. lol. In a way I'm kind of jealous because the first time reading that book is just a rollercoaster ride of emotions. It's great. Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: Awesome... Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: It is fantastic that filming in the area gave the local economy such a wonderful boost!Avatar ImageVerity Weasley says: Yes Kirk, I agree, it's been great for the local area. And Mischiefmanaged, what do you mean, you haven't read DH yet?!!! Shame on you!Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: wow, i can't believe they're taking it down already!Avatar Imageomgitslouise says: Aww, I wish I could've seen it =[Avatar Imagemaimiaa says: aww sadness that shell cottage is like, gonna be no more. but yeah it'll be on film and stuff. so excited about this movie.Avatar ImageLuce_depp says: They should keep it up. I would go to wales jsut to see it and i'm from australia so thats saying alot!!Avatar Imagekbicprez says: I hope they'll reconstruct Shell Cottage for the new theme park or an exhibit. I love the way it looks and the setting in Wales is just gorgeous!Avatar Imagespicefan1978 says: It's sad that they had to take it down! Avatar ImageKara000 says: YAY! So excitementAvatar ImageiLoveDolores says: thanks so much to sue and all the leaky'ers that have contributed all the photos and stories =D awesome work guys. i agree, its a shame they're dismantling shell cottage :( would be a great tourist attraction =DAvatar Imageboona says: i really wish they wouldn't dismantle the set pieces, i mean i would love to have visited it and seen the detail up closeAvatar ImagegaylebathanHP says: OMG.. They dont have to dismantle it... It was soo cool... :( and @mischiefmanaged, why havent you read it DH yet!? better read it now.. :) Avatar Imageshellybasson says: Which means Fleur won't be at Shell Cottage (and probably not in the film?)Avatar ImageJuine says: I assume that means there's no Lupin coming to the burrow scene - hmph. Shame it's all over, I've enjoyed the daily updates.Avatar Image-MischiefManaged- says: @Verity Weasley, it means that I haven't read it yet. I've seen the first five HP movies but I only started reading the books a couple of months ago, and being a rather slow reader, I'm only up to OOTP at the moment. But I can't wait to lay my hands on HBP and DH, the two books I haven't yet seen as movies.Avatar ImageAbiDumbledore says: They did a great job in such a short amount of time! Although im sad they are taking it down im just glad that we know its going to be in the film.Avatar Imagephempot says: bye shell cottage..Avatar Imageblackcatwitch says: Woah, They're allready done?.., they moving fast, don't they.Avatar Imagehannah abbot says: awww! why do they need to dismantle it!! :( it would be soooo cool to leave it there, and peopple could go and visit it :) it would be soooo coool (Y)Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: aaaaawwwww!! i luv shell cottage!! when the part 2 of DH comes out and i hear hedwigs theme at the end,im just gonna loose it! ill be sobbing and sobbing! and i never cry at movies soo this will be a revelation! yeah kirk! they must hav got so much money from hp fans!! lolAvatar ImageGarden State Geek says: It's amazing how quickly they work. Avatar ImagePrisoner Of Azkaban says: Shame they are taking down Shell Cottage :( Would have been nice to leave it there, although i really doubt that would have been possible :(Avatar ImageSlytherin Princess101 says: Awwwww why are they dismantling shel cotage!!!???? :(Avatar Imagelisajean65 says: Too bad they had to dismantle it. I'll bet it will still be a tourist spot, though.Avatar ImageHeavenly_Horcrux says: I can't wait to see the movie!Avatar ImageDolemite says: I predict an auction soonAvatar ImageHGROSS44 says: cool picksAvatar Imageavrenim says: they should have left shell cottage up for a while, that would definitely bring in the tourists!Avatar Imagesunshine123 says: ooo i want the cottage to stay up. They would get soo many visiters like me!!!. it looked so pretty. Oh well the next time we see it will be in dh part 2 i presume haha.Avatar Imagehpftw says: Awh, I wish they could just leave the Cottage stay up :( They worked so hard, and it just looks so cool!Avatar ImageHorcruxalej says: boo dont take it down ill go live in itAvatar Imagemcleod27 says: It's cool to see the amount of business they saw come through. Too bad they could leave it. Avatar ImageSmitch says: Just like that eh? I guess life must go on - but, we can always revisit Shell Cottage in our beloved books and on film. I'm sure the theme park will have it built at some point in time... and now they have a blueprint for it! Avatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: interesting

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