Aerial photos of Leavesden Studios, The Grove and the M1/M25 junction

Although it was another seven years before movie giants Warner Bros bought Leavesden Studios, it had already become the home of Harry Potter when these photos were taken.

In June 2003, former Watford Observer photographer Pete Stevens flew with Firecrest Aviation from Elstree to photograph the town and surrounding area.

During his flight he captured the images on this page which show the studio complex a few months after principal photography began for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third installment in the hit film series.

We started watching this aerial footage last month, with views of Watford FC, the city center and Watford Junction.

In addition to images of the studios, scroll through the photos below for views of The Grove hotel and golf course and the intersection of the M1 and M25 motorways.

Watford Observer: The old runway at Leavesden Aerodrome is at the top left of the image.The old runway at Leavesden Aerodrome is at the top left of the image. (Photo: Pete Stevens / Firecrest Aviation Elstree)

We’ll be bringing you more fantastic aerial photos of Watford and the surrounding area from 2003 over the coming weeks.

Watford Observer: An overhead view of the Leavesden area.A higher view of the Leavesden area. (Photo: Pete Stevens / Firecrest Aviation Elstree)

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Watford Observer: This view shows how relatively small the studio complex was 20 years ago.This view shows how relatively small the studio complex was 20 years ago. (Photo: Pete Stevens / Firecrest Aviation Elstree)

Watford Observer: Another traffic jam on the motorway.Another traffic jam on the highway. (Photo: Pete Stevens / Firecrest Aviation Elstree)

Watford Observer: A spectacular view of the M1/M25 junction.A spectacular view of the M1/M25 junction. (Photo: Pete Stevens / Firecrest Aviation Elstree)

Watford Observer: Much of The Grove resort was still a building site in 2003.Much of The Grove resort was still under construction in 2003. (Photo: Pete Stevens / Firecrest Aviation Elstree)

Watford Observer: The road leading to the hotel is visible in the center of this photo.The road leading to the hotel is visible in the center of this photo. (Photo: Pete Stevens / Firecrest Aviation Elstree)

Watford Observer: The full extent of the golf course can be seen in this image.The full extent of the golf course can be seen in this image. (Photo: Pete Stevens / Firecrest Aviation Elstree)

Watford Observer: Another view of the hotel and golf course from above.Another view of the hotel and golf course from above. (Photo: Pete Stevens / Firecrest Aviation Elstree)

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