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Shell Cottage

Harry Potter and his wizerding friends are all heading down to the Pembrokeshire coast to film some important scenes for the new Harry Potter movie, The Deathly Hallows. On the stunning Pembrokeshire beach of Freshwater West the film crew has brought to life Shell Cottage, the home of Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour. Harry, Ron and Hermione visit the cottage during their epic quest to defeat Lord Voldemort.

Filming for the scenes, including some of the most poignant in the whole book, took place between 11th and 15th May. Luckily for film fans much of the beach remained open allowing members of the public a chance to get a close up look at what is expected to be one of the most successful films of all time.

Harry is not the only hero heading to this beautiful part of Britain; Legendary Robin Hood is also heading to the very same beach in June to film a new Hollywood blockbuster. The new film Robin Hood stars Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett and is directed by Ridley Scott. Ridley Scott is using the beautiful location to film an epic battle scene and will need 600 extras to play soldiers.

Such Hollywood interest in Pembrokeshire could well have a massive knock on affect for tourism in the area, at least that’s what tourism chiefs are hoping. It is expected that once the Pembrokeshire coast makes its appearance on the big screen (Harry Potter is due to be released in 2010 & 2011, Robin Hood is due for release in 2010) film fans will flock to the area. Pembrokeshire is already is a popular destination with many tourists taking a short break in Wales thanks to its stunning coastline, but such massive exposure for the region will hopefully see many more choosing to take their next holiday in Pembrokeshire Cottages and hotels in the years to come.

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