British newspaper The Express is reporting a story today stating that some of the filming for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix may be moved to the Czech Republic due to the expense of filming in Scotland and the weather conditions that have delayed filming.
According to the article:
Now Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire the fourth movie-will only have small scenes filmed at Glenfinnan.
And the fifth movie, Order of the Phoenix, due to be filmed next year, is likely to use computer wizardry - with backdrops filmed in Scotland having actors superimposed.
Movie insiders say the main scenes will be shot in Eastern Europe. Last week Rupert Grint, who plays Potter's pal Ron Weasley, was told not to travel for a loch scene using 100 children as extras playing wizards due to snow in England.
A Warner Bros source on location in Scotland said: "We are all worried the fifth film might not even be made in Scotland. The tax incentives are not in place here and with delays such as we've had things get expensive. Look at the Glenfinnan scene; it's costing a fortune to delay this filming. You expect this in movies but it’s always better if you can save money elsewhere to make up for losses.
Since the article is not available online you can read it here courtesy of TLC.
Again, please note that since Warner Bros. has not officially commented on this article treat it as a rumor. As soon as we hear anything we will let you know.
UPDATE: MuggleNet has posted a translation from idnes.cz a Czech web site that quotes the president of Barrandov Studios (the largest studio in the Czech Rep.) concerning the filming of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in the Czech Republic. You can read the translation of the article here.