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Pupils from a local Gloucester school

Pupils from a local Gloucester school

Kids go potty over Potter

Pupils from a Gloucester school have a special interest in Harry Potter movie and the Chamber of Secrets - because they appear in it!

The kids at a Gloucester school are unfazed having their photos taken for the BBC Gloucestershire website... well, wouldn't you be if you'd just had your screen debut in the world-famous blockbusting movie Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets!!!



Pupils at the school are lucky enough to study next door to the famous Gloucester Cathedral, part of which, thanks to movie magic, has been transformed into Hogwart's school of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

When the Warner Brothers crew descended on Gloucester for a few hectic weeks of filming, they recruited pupils to work as extras, as well as behind the scenes.

Students of all ages got involved. Sixth formers, who were too old to be in the movie got the chance at some first hand experience off-set, as runners and wardrobe assistants.

Their reward? A reference from one of the movie industry's biggest names.



A taste of the movies

For some it was their first taste of the film world, while others relished the chance to practise what they hope to make a career, as pupil Luke explains:

"I want to be an actor so it's good experience".

Other pupils like Emily enjoyed the thrill of mingling with the film's big stars, including Richard Harris (Albus Dumbledore) Alan Rickman (Professor Severus Snape), and Dame Maggie Smith (Professor Minerva McGonagall), as well as Harry himself, Daniel Radcliffe.

While the set was closed to prevent the outside world taking a sneak preview of the action, the youngsters were in on all the movie's secrets. But that didn't mean that they escaped lessons!



No escape!

Whilst filming was taking place those that were involved had to have a special on-site tutor to make sure they didn't fall behind in their lessons.

As well as hanging out with the stars and getting their faces on the silver screen, they also learnt about the camera tricks and special effects used to turn the cathedral cloisters into Hogwarts. Pupil Jenny said:

"A lot of people think you only do a scene once or twice, but it took three days to do one scene!"

The pupils involved in the movie were given their own private preview of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets at a special screening in Gloucester and seeing themselves and all their friends cavorting about in the movie was a definite highlight.



Radcliffe - hot or not?

And finally for those of us not lucky enough to share a set with the magical Harry Potter, the burning question about the star of the movie - IS HE HOT?

Megan, after bursting into laughter, had this to say:

"Without his glasses on he's quite nice actually, but he looks quite WEIRD with his glasses and everything on!"

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