Sunday, February 22, 2004

Filming GoF not to be mostly done in Scotland this time

SCOTLAND is to be relegated to a supporting role in the next Harry Potter blockbuster because it rains too much. The Highlands raked in an incredible 3-million-pounds-a-year from the Harry Potter blockbusters shot in Glencoe. But it is understood the glen will only be used for scenic shots for the fourth movie, The Goblet of Fire, with the bulk of filming taking place in a drier location. The weather was so bad that the crew renamed Hogwarts wizard school 'Sogwarts' as they shot the third movie, The Prisoner of Azkaban, in Glencoe last year. The film will be out in June. Moviemakers Warner Brothers may now move to Exmoor in Devon. Annual rainfall there is 600mm less than Glencoe. The massive Scottish set which includes Hagrid's Hut and Bridge to Nowhere will now only be used for scenic shots. Yesterday, a Warner Brothers source said: 'It's looking as if the plug is being pulled on Glencoe. It's just proving too costly and time - consuming to film crucial scenes when the weather turns nasty.

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