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  Rain and flies endanger Scottish Potter filming
Updated 03 June 2003, 10.15
Hagrid's hut in Glencoe
It's looking likely the next Harry Potter flicks won't be filmed in the Scottish Highlands because of the weather and midges.

The rain's been so bad, shooting of the Prisoner of Azkaban in Glencoe is at least two weeks behind schedule, says the Express newspaper.

Fact File
Filming facts
2m has been spent on the Glencoe set
Set is more than 900 metres up a mountain
Around 400 crew members have been filming there

And as well as the rain, the cast and crew have been scratching themselves silly because of the infamous midges.

The mini-flies are well-known in Scotland and not even the most powerful spell seems to be able to stop the swarms which really bite.

Three weeks of heavy rain has made the ground of the set, built on a mountainside, so slippery it's dangerous to use parts of it.

Dan, Rupert, Emma and Hagrid were to be taken up there by a special mountain car, but it's too wet even for that.

Perfect weather!

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The newspaper says the film makers have had to take apart a huge part of the set - Hogwarts Bridge - and rebuild it in an indoor studio back in England.

The bridge cost a lot of money to build in the first place.

The annoying thing is, while the mountainside set - which includes Hagrid's hut - was being built the weather was perfect!

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