Potter’s Magic Casts Its Spell
Source This Is Gloucestershire, 8th February 2008
The stars came out for Harry Potter as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry came back to Gloucester Cathedral. Among those waiting excitedly to catch a glimpse of heart-throb Daniel Radcliffe outside the cathedral yesterday were pupils, tourists and even parents.
At 10am Daniel, who plays the title role, and Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley, were spotted arriving at the front of the cathedral.
A fleet of Mercedes and Lexus vehicles brought them along with fellow stars Alan Rickman, who plays Professor Snape, Dame Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall), and Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy).
Each star has their own caravan close to the cathedral’s car park.
The stars’ doubles were also spotted.
Yesterday morning, the main stars filmed the first scene and in the afternoon 174 local children, who will be appearing as extras in the third scene, were brought in.
Children from The King’s School peered out of windows looking out onto the cathedral grounds, hoping to catch a glimpse of the stars.
Excited Gloucester residents tried to sneak a peek too.
Christine Swan, 59, who lives in Gloucester, said: “It is very exciting.
“I have read all the books and I am inquisitive about what is going on.”
Emma Penny, from Tewkesbury, couldn’t resist grabbing a glimpse of the action while collecting her five-year-old son, Jim, from neighbouring Wardle House.
Filming is taking place in two corridors of the cathedral’s cloisters which have been mocked up as corridors of Hogwarts.
A blue screen has been put up in the cloisters to help with the computer-generated effects which will be added later.
Two sets of crutches were seen arriving at the set, leading to speculation that the hospital scenes – after Ron falls from his broom in a game of quidditch – could be being filmed.
Dean of Gloucester the Very Rev Nick Bury said: “It is good for Gloucester but it is a bit of an inconvenience for us.”
There were more than 200 crew members at the cathedral.
The Reel Meals Take Two food company, from Hertfordshire, is supplying the food for both the cast and crew. Yesterday it served up more than 300 bacon butties for breakfast.
For lunch the cast and crew enjoyed chicken supreme with a leek sauce, beef lasagne, grilled salmon with a sweet chilli sauce or pasta with roasted peppers.
Head of the catering company Richard Gibbs said: “It is fantastic. I have met all the stars and they are exceptionally nice, especially Daniel and Rupert.
“Daniel often eats the food on offer, although he likes organic stuff. He is not fussy but he has made a few requests for organic vegetables.”