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£1m needed to keep Hogwarts in Scotland

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Posted: 09 May 2005 at 10:29pm | IP Logged

Scottish Screen, the agency charged with promoting Scotland as a film venue, have said that Scotland will lose the magic of Harry Potter and other major film productions unless ministers step in with a 1m film fund.

The film tax laws, which changed last year, are apparently partly to blame.

Scotland is unable to offer special tax breaks to film companies because its tax system is a reserved matter controlled from Westminster.

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Claire Chapman, the head of production at Scottish Screen said, "My argument is that although [the fund will be used] on a film by film basis, there are also secondary and tertiary benefits."

"For example, it encourages tourism – people flock to see locations from films such as Rob Roy." She added: "We have heard that Harry Potter is going to the Czech Republic.

"So there is no doubt in my mind that if we had financial incentives available we could lure production here that would not otherwise come and would otherwise go somewhere else."

"It is something I feel we have to do . . . or we will continue to lose productions."

 

Scottish Screen are currently in talks with the executive over the fund, and it is hoped a decision will be made later this year.

 

If 1m is all it's going to take, I think Jo Rowling should donate the money to keep Harry in his proper home.

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