Warner Bros. to buy U.K. studio

Leavesden Studios, home to 'Harry Potter' for 10 years

LONDON -- Warner Bros. is looking to cast its own multimillion-dollar spell over Leavesden Studios, the facility north of London that has been home to "Harry Potter" for 10 years.

The studio said Wednesday that it aims to buy and refurbish the movie-production facilities at the site and has submitted plans to the local Three Rivers District Council and Watford Borough Council in what would be a "multimillion-dollar" investment for Warners.

Plans submitted to the two councils also include the tourist promise of "Harry Potter" set visits for fans and wannabe filmmakers.

During those 10 years, the studio's investment in the U.K. has accounted for up to 50% of the U.K.'s inward investment in film production.

The studio said it plans to extend the facilities to "provide for services such as visual effects, prosthetics, animatronics and film editing as well as the expansion of the external filming and production areas."

As well as preserving the "extraordinary film sets," Warner Bros. said the plans would "celebrate the creativity and craftsmanship of the creators of these films and the U.K. film industry as a whole."

The site also played host to other Warner Bros.-backed projects over the past decade, including "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "The Dark Knight."
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