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 Friday, 20 December, 2002, 13:32 GMT
Highlands venue for new Potter movie
Harry Potter
Harry Potter prepares to take to the air
The next Harry Potter film could be filmed in the Scottish Highlands.

Warner Brothers Production has lodged a planning application to build a set for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Glencoe.

Local councillors have still to consider the plan and officials have not yet recommended a decision.

But if consent is given, it is thought the local economy could be boosted by up to £3m from the 400 crew and cast thought to be involved in the making of the third movie in the Harry Potter series.

Glenfinnan Monument from National Trust for Scotland website
Glenfinnan has seen more visitors since featuring in a Potter movie
The application, which will be considered by Highlands Council, is likely to be given the go-ahead because of the boost it would bring during filming next February, March and April.

There could also be a huge spin-off in tourism if Glencoe is shown to the viewing public worldwide.

The planning application includes a gatehouse, sundial garden and stone cottages that form part of the famous Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where Harry Potter learned his magic skills.

The application is for the film village to be at Torren on the edge of Glencoe village, not far from the Clachaig Inn, famous among climbers and hillwalkers from all over the world.

The West Highland scenery has already been seen in the two previous films - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - with Glen Nevis and the Glenfinnan Viaduct prominent in some scenes.

'Welcome boost'

Fort William and Lochaber are no strangers to playing host to the film world.

In the summer of 1995, the town was visited by Mel Gibson and Liam Neeson for the making of Braveheart and Rob Roy, and Highlander starring Sean Connery was filmed in parts of Glen Nevis.

Local councillor Drew McFarlane Slack said: "This Harry Potter film will again bring a welcome boost of visitors in the area.

"These films always bring in visitors wanting to see where they were shot.

"For example each year there is a group of young people from Southern Italy who make a pilgrimage here to see where Highlander was filmed."

Glencoe community councillor Iain Brown added: "None of us realised how much good Braveheart would do in attracting visitors to the area, and it would be magic if there was a similar spin-off from Harry Potter."

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