Fans line out for 'Harry Potter: The Deathly Hallows Part II' premiere
The stars and their most loyal audience braved the most unfitting rain for the event
Staying loyal to not only true London weather but also to what seems to be the trend in the Harry Potter movie premiers, the premier of Harry Potter IV was flanked with rain. But to the most devoted fans, the weather was not just a fluke.
The SFGate reported that a fan explained that, “some people say the Death Eaters (Voldemort's followers) make it rain." Tom Felton, who plays Draco Malfoy, agreed with this saying that he could “imagine there will be a few showers and rain on the night. It wouldn't be right if it wasn't,” reports The Telegraph.
Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling and Emma Watson were not only damp because of the rain; according to the Hollywood Reporter the pair were in tears during the premier. After the three stars (Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, and Rupert Grint) thanked her, Rowling jokingly even said, “Oh my God...you know what, maybe I’ll just write another one.”
Each of the stars had something special to say to both J.K. and their audience. Watson, who plays the brainy Hermoine Granger, expressed her thanks for writer Steve Kloves for giving Hermoine her true, strong voice.
Grint, who plays Ron Weasley, claimed that the film and those involved had “made the last 10 years the best half of my life.”
Radcliffe, on a more sentimental note said: "while it may be the end of the films, the stories and the characters will live on because people will carry the story with them for the rest of their lives," according to the Hollywood Reporter.
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Thousands have been camping out in the rain for days, in the run up to the premiere. They came from all over the world, and it wasn’t only the premiere they were looking forward to; the road adjoining the two main squares for the event, Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square, was transformed into Diagon Alley, the wizarding street with countless shops where all the young wizards and witches buy their school supplies before they enter their first year at Hogwarts.
If fans were unable to physically get to the event, the premier was streamed live across the world and hit up some of London’s biggest movie theatres: the Odeon Leicester Square, The Odeon West End and The Empire, reported the Hollywood Reporter.
The Hollywood Reporter also noted that the Harry Potter franchise is one of the most successful in history; the previous seven films have raked in more than $6.4 billion at the global box office.
The 130-minute movie itself is the first of the Harry Potter’s to come out simultaneously in 3D and in 2D. The U.S.premiere in on July 15th. Despite the resounding success of her work, author J.K. Rowling isn’t going to be writing another novel; the Harry Potter eBooks, however, will be available in October.
The Hollywood Reporter noted that one fan summed up his experience camping out for the premier: “I’ve been here for two nights now,” he said. “Did I get soaking wet? Oh yes. Is it worth it? Definitely.”
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