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Last Updated: Tuesday, 1 July, 2003, 10:14 GMT 11:14 UK
School keeps Potter profits
Harry Potter
The third film will be released in 2004
Schoolchildren who worked as extras on the new Harry Potter film have been told they must forfeit their wages by their headmaster.

Donald Campbell has told pupils at Lochaber High School in Fort William, Inverness-shire, that the money they earned from The Prisoner of Azkaban will have to go into a school fund.

He said that because the work on the set in Glencoe was carried out during school hours, it counted as work experience and they could not receive payment for it.

Children from nearby Kinlochleven High, who were also recruited as extras, were allowed to keep their money by rector Jim Sutherland.

It's a one-off situation so we can't legislate for it
Highland Council

But rather than paying the 14 Lochaber High pupils directly for their work, film producers Warner Bros instead gave a 1,370 donation to the school's fund.

The children, who worked on the film for four days, were allowed to keep money they earned from being on set at the weekend.

A spokesman for Highland Council said Lochaber High developed its policy when pupils worked on the previous Potter film, The Chamber Of Secrets.

"The two rectors adopted a different policy," he said.

"It's a one-off situation so we can't legislate for it.

School fund

"Kinlochleven didn't have a policy in place. Lochaber have dealt with Warner Bros a lot and have developed a policy where they make a donation to the Lochaber school fund."

He added that Mr Sutherland had decided to let his pupils keep their money because of the work they had done during filming.

The council is now trying to develop an overall policy to govern payments from future Harry Potter films, the spokesman said.

A parent representative on the Lochaber High School board declined to comment.

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