'Goblet of Fire' filming to abandon Scotland

  February 21, 2004 at 8:29 PM ET
  Geri     Wizard News (via Sunday Mail)

Scotland is to be relegated to a supporting role in the next Harry Potter blockbuster because it rains too much. It is understood that the glen will only be used for scenic shots for the fourth movieopens in new window, Harry Potter and 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. Moviemakers Warner Brothers may now move to Exmoor in Devon, whose annual rainfall is 600mm less than Glencoe and just four hours from Warner Bros HQ in London.

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. Devon has been looked at as a possible alternative, with only a few scenes and sets in Scotland 'It's a bit sad but the wonderful scenery won't disappear from the movie altogether.'"


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