UPDATED: Rumored location emerges for “The Casual Vacancy” filming

UPDATE: It has now been reported that filming will begin in Stroud this Monday, July 7, and 200 local extras will take part. The school’s soccer field has been booked for filming Mondays to Wednesdays. Apparently the school was chosen for its older appearance.


Filming for the television adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy has been set to get underway this summer. Now, the Stroud News and Journal is reporting that Archway School in Stroud, Gloucestershire, may be used as a filming location!

A letter reportedly sent home to parents explained that the production company, Bronte Film and Television, wants to use the school during early July and the summer break. Students were also offered the opportunity to sign up as extras. The letter described that “quite a large number of student extras were needed in scenes where it is necessary to recreate school assemblies, examinations, corridor and outdoor shots and getting on and off school buses.”

Archway School is a co-ed school for students ages 11 to 18. However, there is currently no confirmation of the filming plans.

As previously announced, Harry Potter alumnus Michael Gambon is set to play the role of Howard Mollison in the three-part miniseries, which will be co-produced by HBO and BBC.

Are you excited to hear that The Casual Vacancy filming may soon get underway? Are you looking forward to seeing the miniseries?

Catherine Lai

I have been a fan of Harry since 2000, a fan of MuggleNet since 2005, and a MuggleNet team member since 2013. I believe in the power of stories to bring people together, and nothing does that quite like Harry Potter. I live in Toronto, Canada.