Wiltshire Times & Chippenham News

reports that scenes from the upcoming Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will be filmed in the cloisters at Lacock Abbey and that the local villagers will be handsomely paid for their participation:

Scenes from the first two Harry Potter blockbusters were filmed in the village and in the cloisters at Lacock Abbey.

In the most recent film, Harry Potter and the Order of The Phoenix, the cloisters courtyard is enhanced using computer animation and featured as a courtyard in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

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But the filming crews want to return to Lacock with many of the main characters to capture a series of spooky night scenes for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Daniel Radcliffe, who plays the protagonist Potter, is set to be involved in the local filming.

Around 40 residents attended the meeting and all but one voted in favour of the filming taking place.

The movie-making teams now have permission to return for four days in October and film scenes between 5pm and 5am.

High Street and Church Street will be closed and the bus stop outside the George Inn looks set to be relocated for the duration.

In return for the inconvenience, Warner Brothers has promised a sum of &#16330,000 to be paid to the village, which will be split between the Abbey owners National Trust, and Lacock Parish Council.

Additionally, each resident will receive a sum of &#163200 to ease the inconvenience and there will be a secure parking service for locals.

The sixth film in the Harry Potter franchise is expected to be released on November 21, 2008.

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