Late Wednesday night a fire broke out at a U.K. Warner Brothers studio in Hertfordshire, just outside of London. This isn’t just any studio – this is the place where all 8 Harry Potter films were shot, along with many other famous movies.
There is no word on what started the fire, but no reports of injuries have come out of the incident as of now.
All eight Harry Potter movies were filmed at least in part at this studio, marking it as an important location for all fans. In addition, some of the Mission Impossible movies have been filmed here, parts of The Fast and the Furious, some James Bond flicks, Tim Burton’s Sweeny Todd, The Dark Knight, and even Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. Anne Hathaway’s latest flick Witches was also filmed here.
In 2012 parts of the studio were converted to test the interest of fans who wanted to see more of Harry Potter. Called the “Warner Bros Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter,” the studio offers tours of famous ‘landmarks’ in the Harry Potter world, including Gringotts bank, The Forbidden Forest, and Diagon Alley.
During the peak tourist season, the site sees about 6,000 tourists a day.
The location was formally used as an aircraft factory during WWII, so it goes without saying that the location is huge and there are many sets and buildings on site. It covers roughly 80 hectares or just under 200 acres.
Don’t panic, don’t switch to your new depression meds, and don’t call your therapist for a last-minute appointment to handle this all. Studio executives wouldn’t say exactly what went up in flames, but they claim that the set that was on fire wasn’t being used at the time and public tours will not be affected. All of the remaining Harry Potter props and locations on set are safe. This is great news if you have been planning a shopping trip to Diagon Alley!
The fire took approximately 15 firetrucks to put out, with over 75 firemen working throughout the night. The fire was reported around 11:30 PM on Wednesday evening, and locals who lived in the area could smell and see smoke from quite far away.
Warner Bros still doesn’t know what caused the fire, but lucky no one was injured and filming for other movies have not been affected.