A broom in trade thanks to lure of Harry’s locations

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A HOTEL chain has claimed that the use of Ashridge Forest in a number of the Harry Potter films is behind an increase in the number of people booking rooms.

The forest near Berkhamsted became the Forbidden Forest for four films in the magical saga.

Hotel operator Premier Inn believes that the number of people wanting to visit the location is the reason behind a 94 per cent increase in the number of people staying at their hotel in Hemel Hempstead.

The increase is in comparison to the number of people staying in the hotel at the same time last year.

The chain has also seen an increase in the number of people staying at its other hotels near locations used in the film.

These include Bodleian Library in Oxford and Durham Cathedral.