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Wednesday, 27 November, 2002, 20:59 GMT
Name change for 'Harry Potter' event
Alnwick Castle
Alnwick Castle appears in the Harry Potter films
Children hoping to celebrate a Harry Potter day in the Northumberland town of Alnwick have been told they cannot use the young wizard's name for the event.

The Northumberland market town has provided a backdrop for both of Warner Brothers' box office hits.

Alnwick Castle, home to the Dukes of Northumberland, has been used as a location for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and local children have appeared as extras.

But when the district council planned a pre-Christmas Harry Potter Day they were told by the film company that they could not use the name.


Being in the films certainly has been a tremendous boost for the town

Councillor Key Gray

The mayor of Alnwick, Councillor Key Gray, said: "I think it is sad because the children will be disappointed."

He said no money would be made at the event which had been arranged to promote the town - recently voted the best place to live in the country in a Country Life article.

Councillor Gray said the film-makers would still be welcomed back to Alnwick.

He said: "Being in the films certainly has been a tremendous boost for the town and I sincerely hope this is not the last one they make here."

Prize gifts

Paul Gee, council director of environment and regeneration, said Warner Brothers seemed reluctant to take the stance but they felt they had to protect their product.

He said: "They felt if they said 'yes' to Alnwick, they couldn't really say 'no' to anyone else."

Mr Gee said the company had provided prizes for the event which will still take place on 6 December, renamed The Wizard's Extravaganza.

Warner Brothers was unavailable for comment.


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