Harry Potter’s Victoria Connection

posted on Mar 09

Seems that I'm always finding interesting people and events that are in, some way or another, linked to our wonderful city of Victoria, BC.  and here's the latest and greatest (as we used to say back in the 60's.)
This time it's scenes for a movie about the life of Harry Potter's creator, J.K. Rowling being filmed in Victoria with the city used to re-create locations in Edinburgh, Portugal and London, including Leicester Square.
"Strange Magic, " an unauthorized made-for-TV biography, will follow J.K. Rowling's life from childhood to fame as the author of the books about the young wizard Harry Potter. 

The movie is being directed by Paul A. Kaufman and will star Poppy Montgomery, best known as FBI agent Samantha Spade on the TV series "Without a Trace". Montgomery will play Rowling, with Antonio Cupo as the British writer's Portuguese boyfriend.

Victoria film commissioner Kathleen Gilbert said her staff researched buildings in Edinburgh and drove through Victoria to find similar-looking buildings in their attempt to land the shoot.

Some streets have been temporarily closed during filming, including Fernwood Road and Gladstone Street as well as Government Street near Munro's Books. The historic bookstore will pose as a London shop where scores of costumed Harry Potter fans line up for a book signing.

So, if you're a Harry Potter fan, and a fan of J.K. Rowling, keep your eyes open for the general release of this movie, starring Victoria, BC and coming soon to a theatre near you.