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City looks magical in trailer for Harry Potter spin-off.

Byline: ELEANOR BARLOW ECHO Reporter @eleanorbarlow

LIVERPOOL takes a starring role in the trailer for Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Martin's Bank and St George's Hall were among the sets used for the film, which stars Eddie Redmayne and Colin Farrell, and Liverpool streets are also seen in the exciting trailer. The film, adapted from JK Rowling's 2001 novella and due to be released in November, is set in 1920s New York - but the Big Apple was recreated in Merseyside for many of the scenes.

A Liver Bird even makes an appearance in the stained glass of St George's Hall concert hall, which is the scene of a dramatic explosion.

St George's Plateau outside also makes an appearance, and Martin's Bank, on Water Street, is used as a working bank.

Crews were in the city in October last year, when metal fences were placed around St George's Hall to screen the filming.

Speaking last year, producer David Heyman,said: "We are thrilled to be bringing Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to Liverpool, a city which has such fond memories for me.

"My mother is from Liverpool and, as a child, we would often visit family there.

"The architecture in this beautiful city works perfectly for our film, set in 1920s New York, and I know we will receive a very warm welcome."

The film will be the second release this year to use Liverpool as New York.

A trailer for Florence Foster Jenkins, starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, shows Liverpool transformed into NYC in the 1940s. Liverpool streets have been used as a double for New York before - Captain America, Alfie, Jack Ryan and even ITV three-parter Cilla have all made use of the city's similarity.

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The Liver Bird is clearly visible in the stained glass window of St George's Hall

St George's Hall sets the scene for this piece of the trailer

Liverpool doubles for New York in this

streets scene with star Eddie Redmayne

A scene filmed inside the former Martins Bank, on Water Street

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Geographic Code:1U2NY
Date:Apr 12, 2016
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