The United States may be getting their very own Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but it looks like the UK will be keeping the sets! According to the Financial Times Warner Bros. will this week register plans to establish a permanent base at Leavesden Studios in the UK as part of an estimated £100m ($161m)-plus investment that would make it the only major Hollywood studio to own a studio outside the US. Leavesden Studios has been home to the Harry Potter films since it all began over a decade ago, and the current plan is to allow members of the public to visit (by appointment) sets of films, including the great hall.
The new plans involve building two new permanent stages, refurbishing the existing buildings and redesigning its 100-acre “backlot”, the area used for shooting outdoor scenes.
A person familiar with the plans said Warner Brothers wants to make Leavesden a European hub for post-production, including visual effects, animatronics and film editing in the UK, and believes that it will attract film business to the country.
The Dark Knight and Batman Begins were also filmed at Leavesden Studios, so Batman 3 will most likely be heading back there when they get round to filming.