I suppose every hard core Harry Potter fan out there was aware of this already, but this is the first I have heard of the on-set accident involving Daniel Radcliffe’s stunt stand-in.
According to The Telegraph, Market Watch, and The BBC (among other sites) 27-year-old stunt man David Holmes (who calls himself “the stunt runt”) fell while preparing for a flying sequence from “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”, the last of the seven Harry Potter movies.
The accident is reported to have occurred as a result of a planned explosion that was part of the sequence. Principal photography for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” is scheduled to begin in two weeks and none of the lead actors was on set during the accident. David Holmes, recovering in the hospital after undergoing spinal surgery, has reportedly vowed to return to work when he is fully recovered. News reports indicate that he presently is unable to move his hands and legs.
Some injuries resulting in paralysis may not be permanent but the spine is one of the most fragile areas of the body. I certainly hope he is able to recover fully and resume his work.
The BBC reports that the Health and Safety Executive cordoned off the set after the accident but upon subsequent examination have reopened the set. A studio representative has stated that the filming schedule has not been impacted by the accident.
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