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Warner Bros expansion help keep UK 'on cutting edge'

For years the UK has been at the cutting edge of the creative industries - and we want that to be the case for decades to come. This comes back to two things - and the two things that I see being as the most important in my job.

One: promoting our culture. Music, film and television help inspire young kids and bring our country together - so I will always back those industries. And two: our long-term economic plan.

– Sajid Javid, Culture Secretary

Warner Bros to expand studios in north London

Warner Bros is expanding its UK studios in north London where the Harry Potter films were made. Three sound stages will be built at the site at Leavesden two years after a #100 million redevelopment.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince Harry seen during a studio tour in April Credit: Press Association

The studios are currently home to the new Tarzan film, starring Margot Robbie and Samuel L Jackson, which started production work there today.


Harry Potter star backs Eddie Izzard for London Mayor

Harry Potter star, Daniel Radcliffe, is supporting Eddie Izzard's bid to become London Mayor. The 51-year-old comedian is seeking the Labour nomination for Mayor of London in 2019.

Eddie Izzard and Daniel Radcliffe Credit: Press Association

Speaking to the Radio Times, Daniel Radcliffe said he was disillusioned by party politics:

"I'm not an affiliate of any party. I do vote - I think it's important. The first time I voted, I felt I had graduated as a full member of society. But politics is disillusioning; it's just bickering, it's exhausting.

"I think the next thing I'm going to get excited about is Eddie Izzard running for London mayor. He's really interesting, super-smart and brings a huge amount of integrity - something that we definitely don't have today."

Harry Potter star to take on role of Lord Coe

Daniel Radcliffe looks set to play London 2012 boss Lord Coe in a film about his track battles with fellow athlete Steve Ovett three decades ago. The Harry Potter actor will star in 'Gold', which looks at the tense rivalry between the middle distance runners.

Daniel Radcliffe Credit: Press Association

The competition between Ovett and Sebastian Coe is seen as one of the greatest sporting rivalries as they dominated middle distance running, setting world records and amassing medals.

Flying car tops off studio tour

The students got the chance to explore famous sets from the films - including Diagon Alley.

They also created photographs of themselves riding in the magical flying car from "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets".

Harry Potter used the car to fly to Hogwarts in "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" Credit: ITV News
The set of Diagon Alley features in the Studio Tour experience. Credit: ITV News


Magical assembly for Year 7 pupils

'Magical,' 'mid-blowing' and 'the best first week ever' - not what you'd expect to hear from even the most keen Year 7 students. But for pupils at Queens' School in Watford it really was like none other. The children had their first assembly of secondary school on the set of Harry Potter.

Two hundred had the chance to sit at the long banquet tables where cast members including Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint shot many of their famous scenes.

London school to hold first assembly of the year within the walls of Hogwarts's

Queen's School in Watford will hold assembly at the Harry Potter studio's Great Hall Credit: PA Wire

The Queens' School in Watford will have their first assembly of the school year within the iconic Harry Potter film Great Hall set at Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London, marking the first time that a school assembly has taken place here since filming.

The year 7 pupils are being given the once-in-a-lifetime chance to sit at the long banquet tables in the Great Hall where cast members including Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint shot many scenes.

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