Date: 19th February 2001

Authorities May Shut Down Potter Filming

Filming of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone could be halted unless Warner Bros. is able to convince British authorities to extend a permit that currently allows the film's star, 11-year-old Daniel Radcliffe, to work on the film only through the end of March, according to the London Sunday Observer.

Bad weather has reportedly forced production delays that could push the closing date of principal photography to July. Under British laws, a child actor may not work more than 5 days a week and must attend school on set. A spokesperson for the local education authority commented: "Although Daniel attends a private school, his application for permission to work must come to us and we must be satisfied that his education is being organized properly. It is our statutory duty to consider this and to worry about exploitation."

Source: Studio Briefing