UK energy department in Harry Potter movie

26 June 2009

Employees of the UK government's Department of Energy and Climate Change should beware enchantments if they decide to visit the department's London office this weekend: it is being used for filming a scene in the next Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Staff have been warned that filming will take place over the weekend of 27-28 June in and around the loading bay area and although they will still be able to enter the Whitehall Place building, Scotland Place and Great Scotland Yard will be closed off amid enhanced security. In an earlier film in the series about the boy wizard, the location doubled as the backdrop for the visitors' entrance to the Ministry of Magic, when visitors gained access to the Ministry through a public telephone box. No such box exists at the location in reality. In JK Rowling's novel Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the entrance to the Ministry is concealed in a public lavatory. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the seventh and final novel in the series and is being filmed in two instalments, with the first film due to be released in 2010.