Village set for Harry Potter filming

Wiltshire Times:

EXCITEMENT is building in Lacock as film crews prepare to shoot scenes for the next Harry Potter movie.

Warner Brothers has set up camp in the National Trust village to prepare the area for the three nights of filming that will start on Wednesday.

Jean Sheard, owner of the Lacock Bakery in Church Street said: "I cannot praise the film crew enough.

"They are really concerned about everyone that lives here and they let us know everything that is happening as it happens.

"We are used to films being shot here but I have to say that I am really looking forward to this.

"There has been a lot of preparation going on and they have been doing things to the outsides of houses on Church Street.

"They have been painting the outsides of houses and adding bits to them too.

"We are all going to be given dark blinds of some kind to put across our windows at night to help prevent our lights shining out when they are filming.

"That way we can get on with our lives as normal and carry on with whatever we would normally do when they shoot scenes."

Villagers voted in favour of the film crews returning to shoot scenes for Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, following a meeting with film producers in August.

More than 40 residents attended the meeting where Warner Bros pledged to give the village £30,000 compensation, £15,000 of which will go directly to the parish council.

In addition to this each resident will receive a sum of £200 for the inconvenience during the filming.

Road signs and markers have been put out in Cantax Hill, West Street and Church Street warning drivers of road closures between 5pm and 5am.

Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry Potter is set to film some exterior scenes in the village alongside his nemesis Lord Voldemort, played by Ralph Fiennes.

Film crews want to shoot late outdoor scenes featuring the ghoulish Death-Eaters.

In the most recent film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Lacock Abbey's cloisters were enhanced using computer animation.

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