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Eddie Redmayne's Harry Potter film set evacuated

The cast and crew working on Eddie Redmayne's new Harry Potter spin-off were evacuated on Tuesday (17Nov15) after a powerful storm swept across Britain and caused chaos on the film's set.

The Oscar-winning actor stars in Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which is being filmed at the Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden complex in Hertfordshire, England.


However, the shoot came to a halt on Tuesday as Storm Barney hit, with around 400 members of the cast and crew ordered to evacuate the site in Leavesden due to the high winds and heavy rain, according to Mirror.co.uk.


Pictures published online show severe damage to the set, including a green screen being used by the crew which was torn apart during the storm, but reports suggest workers on the film returned to the set on Wednesday (18Nov15) to continue with the shoot.


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is based on the 2001 book by Potter author J. K. Rowling and set 70 years before the events of her hugely popular books and the film series starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint.


Eddie plays eccentric wizard Newt Scamander in the movie, which is directed by Harry Potter helmer David Yates and also stars include Colin Farrell, Jon Voight, Ron Perlman, Samantha Morton and Ezra Miller.


The film will be split into three installments, and the first is due for release next year (16).


"The stakes are high because they were so good before. You don't want to (mess) it up," Eddie previously declared of his role in the new trilogy. "It's a complete privilege for me. I love J.K. Rowling. I love the Harry Potter films (and) books so for me this is just the most wondrous gift really."