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Costs of Harry Potter filming revealed

By This is Gloucestershire  |  Posted: July 24, 2009

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Hollywood bosses paid £100,000 to film the latest Harry Potter movie in Gloucester Cathedral.

The Cathedral's famous cloisters have featured extensively in the last six Harry Potter films.

Until now it has never been revealed how much filmmakers paid for the privilege.

Last night Cathedral staff said Warner Bros paid about £100,000 just for the filming of the latest movie, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, which took place in February 2008.

The Dean of Gloucester, the Very Reverend Nicholas Bury, revealed the bill footed by the company every time they filmed at the popular city attraction.

He said: "They pay somewhere in the region of £6,000 to £10,000 a day.

"They pay more for filming days, and less for days they are setting up."

Cathedral operations and marketing manager Bairbre Lloyd said there were set charges for companies filming in historic buildings.

She said: "There are standard filming rates, and for any historic building, filming is a good source of revenue. It's been absolutely wonderful having the filming here. The Cathedral costs £5,000 a day to run, that's paying musicians, and keeping the building open.

"In terms of filming, without that revenue, we have to raise money from other sources. It's a fabulous resource and a great income stream to have."

The films, particularly The Philosopher's Stone and the Chamber of Secrets have also put the Cathedral on the tourism map.

Bairbre added: "With the first two films, we had around 50,000 extra visitors, so it's been really good for us."

The seventh Harry Potter book, The Deathly Hallows, is being filmed in two parts. It is not yet known whether the film crew will be returning to Gloucester.

Gloucester City Council leader and cabinet member for regeneration and culture Paul James said: "It's clearly a nice earner for the Cathedral."

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    John, Glos  |  July 24 2009, 4:18PM

    Some critics may differ as to holding a view about blending fantasy and theology. That is my expressed view and I owe no apology to anyone for so expressing that view. Anyone.

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    Rob, Abbeymead  |  July 24 2009, 3:47PM

    The Church Commission made £180M from the stock market last year. Approx 60% of the profit goes towards Clergy Pensions. 6% goes to the upkeep of Cathedrals. There's plenty of cash swishing around in the Church funds.

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    Distinction, Glos  |  July 24 2009, 3:17PM

    "Hmmm - well maybe the church is straying a little too far from Christ into promotion of occult business" I suspect you are confusing fantasy and theology...

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    Buffalo Bill, Poole  |  July 24 2009, 12:04PM

    Gloucester Cathedral has existed for many hundreds of years, in fact nearly a thousand, and it is important that Gloucester and Gloucestershire`s most beautiful building should be passed on to the future generations in as good a condition as possible. All kinds of ceremonies and events have taken place here both spiritual and secular, from a coronation, the Three Choirs Music Festivals and now as a location for the Harry Potter films. All of this allows this Glorious Gloucestershire treasure to continue to be part of the life of the City and County. It is vital that sufficient funds will always be available for the maintenance and running of this jewel of our living history.

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    Mario, thorton heath  |  July 24 2009, 11:50AM

    i love the person who plays hermionie

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    Ryan, Glos  |  July 24 2009, 11:12AM

    Ellie, did you read above, it cost's £5000 a day to run... That means £100,000 will last 20 days...A lot of money to you and I, but not enough to keep the Cathedral running for a long time.

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    John, Gloucestershire  |  July 24 2009, 10:19AM

    I don't think the cathedral was "pleading poverty". It sounds like you're implying that they are asking for money. They just stated that they had a deficit in their accounts for the first time in 9 years. Anyway, how much do you like it costs to run and maintain a 900 year old building of that size? Conservation work alone will cost £300,000 over the coming 3 years.

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    Ellie, Gloucestershire  |  July 24 2009, 10:13AM

    Is that £100, 000 just for the latest film? (I think that's how it read.!) so that probably means a similar amount has changed hands for all the other filming that has taken place there for the other Potter films, no? Why then is the cathedral pleading poverty (recent Citizen reports) when it's raking in so much money from Potter movies?

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    John, Glos  |  July 24 2009, 9:22AM

    Young Harry is given a strange marking on his forehead. "Through the sacrificial goddess magic of his mother's love, baby Harry is saved and his blood is given magical powers. Unable to kill Harry, in revenge, Voldemort sears a death curse of a lightning bolt on Harry's forehead." Hmmm - well maybe the church is straying a little too far from Christ into promotion of occult business