Rumor control: Did a massive fire destroy Harry Potter sets?

Those reports that the sets of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows were destroyed in a massive fire outside London?

So much hufflepuff.

A spokesperson for the production at Leavesden Studios in Watford, outside London, told SCI FI Wire that there was a smallish fire on an outdoor set on Friday, that it was caused by some special pyrotechnic effects used by a second unit shooting part of the battle scene at Hogwarts and that it was "put out almost immediately" by the studio's own in-house fire brigade. As a precaution, studio officials called in the local fire brigade as well, but there was no damage, no one was hurt (indeed, none of the film's cast were on hand), and there was no damage to any equipment.

The fire itself was so uneventful that the film crew kept shooting, and the fire itself will turn up in the final Potter film, the second of two movies based on the seventh and final book in the series by J.K. Rowling, the spokesperson said.

As for the set? It represented part of the outdoor courtyard to Hogwarts castle and was schedule to be rebuilt anyway for further filming.

Indeed, I was on set on Monday and filming at the studios continued as normal with no disruption.

The first part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is slated to open in November, with the second part opening in July 2011.

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