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WB Plans for Permanent UK Studio at Leavesden; Public Harry Potter Sets Attraction Approved

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Posted by: Edward
April 22, 2010, 10:24 PM

As readers will recall, potential plans for a permeant UK film base and Harry Potter visitor attraction at Leavesden Studios, the home-base for the production of the Harry Potter films, has been in the news as proposals passed through city council boards.  News has come today courtesy of the Wadford Observer that plans for the expansion have been approved by the Three Rivers District Council’s development control committee.  The paper reports:

Warner Brothers, which has brought world-wide fame to the former aerodrome complex with its Harry Potter franchise, can now begin a programme of redevelopment worth an estimated £100million – creating hundreds of jobs and providing a boost to the local economy.  
The company, which will now purchase the site outright and use it as its European filming base, will build new film stages, production and administration facilities.  
It will also open a Harry Potter themed visitor attraction to cater for up to 5,000 visitors a day. 
The site, set to open in 2012, will "offer tours of old Harry Potter film sets when production on the franchise comes to a conclusion later in the year."

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finallyu the first one to comment. thats a great idea. All the best WB

Posted by Azaad Potter The Chosen One [ROAR] on April 22, 2010, 10:46 PM report to moderator
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glad the studio can stay alive

Posted by ZachBlack [ROAR] on April 22, 2010, 10:49 PM report to moderator
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omg id luv to go :).

Posted by floridianhp*ROAR* on April 22, 2010, 10:54 PM report to moderator
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Yeah! I knew they had to do this. This is great news!

Posted by Dlcohm7 on April 22, 2010, 11:42 PM report to moderator
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I want to go to England so bad to see so many things…this could be one of them! :oD

Posted by BookNookKara on April 23, 2010, 12:26 AM report to moderator
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just another reason for me to head across the pond! :D im so glad that they are keeping bits of hp around there—it kind of sounds like i mini-museum. hmm. if anyone gets the chance to go, you should report back to leaky & tell us how it was!! :)

Posted by Nealie Zealbie on April 23, 2010, 12:45 AM report to moderator
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I’d love to go when it opens!

Posted by The Half-Blood Lauma' on April 23, 2010, 12:57 AM report to moderator
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Fantastic news!!!!

Posted by Nicci Weasley on April 23, 2010, 01:05 AM report to moderator
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First the Hogwarts Express and now this. To hell with Orlando. UK here I come!

Posted by Rhiannon on April 23, 2010, 01:19 AM report to moderator
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I hope it’s done well and respectfully and becomes a strength for the community, not a detriment. These are all things that should be inherent in Harry Potter, after all, and that’s what I would want to go see and support for sure!

Posted by jillians642 on April 23, 2010, 01:42 AM report to moderator
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Wow! another reason to go to England. ….. if only I had the money. But the idea that a part of HP works will be reservedm gives hope it’s continuation.

Posted by molly43 on April 23, 2010, 03:13 AM report to moderator
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That is so cool!

Posted by FilmGirl27 *Team Weasley!* (ROAR!!) on April 23, 2010, 03:47 AM report to moderator
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Thats a damn good news…thanks wb…potter rules:-D

Posted by rohit_ASP«Я☼AR» on April 23, 2010, 04:01 AM report to moderator
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YAY, something for those of us who live too far from Orlando.

Posted by Evagirl on April 23, 2010, 04:17 AM report to moderator
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Woo, something that isn’t Orlando! Although I don’t mind HP things going to America (I understand that a theme park in the US is going to get more visitors than one in Britain) it’s nice that the studio is going to stay put and be opened up, I would love to go and see it when it opens.:-)

Posted by lurking_llama on April 23, 2010, 04:53 AM report to moderator
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