The director of several Harry Potter films is returning home to Swindon to speak to local filmmakers.

David Yates directed the final four instalments of the Harry Potter franchise as well as all three spin-off Fantastic Beasts movies.

The 59-year-old lived at Ferndale Road in Gorse Hill earlier in life.

He directed his first film, When I Was a Girl, in 1988.

David will help launch a new production studio in Swindon to support the next generation of filmmakers this week.

Create Studios are behind the project and event, welcoming back the Harry Potter director to speak to a live audience and open the studio.

The establishment of this new studio will provide a platform for artists, filmmakers, and creative professionals to develop their skills.

"I was at a point in my life where I was passionate about telling stories, and what Media Arts (currently Create Studios) gave me, was an opportunity,” said David.

“They provided the equipment, they provided the inspiration, and they gave me the education to make that ambition a reality. I was so lucky.

“I could have landed anywhere else other than Swindon and I would not have had the career I probably have now.”

The event will take place on Thursday, June 15, at the Carriage Works.