Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Tears as Potter curtain comes down

Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe at the world premiere of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part Two
Emma Watson on the red carpet for the premiere of the final Harry Potter film
Some fans queued for days in Trafalgar Square for the world premiere of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part Two

The actor who brought teenage wizard Harry Potter to the big screen has told fans the films would be with them "for the rest of their lives".

Thousands of people flooded into central London on Thursday to say an emotional goodbye to the hugely popular series at the world premiere of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part Two.

Stars including Emma Watson and Rupert Grint spent hours on the red carpet, which stretched from Trafalgar Square to Leicester Square, signing autographs for fans. The night ended with author JK Rowling joining the cast and crew on a stage in the square where they addressed fans.

Watson, who wiped away tears, made a point of thanking her co-star Grint for making her laugh while he admitted making the films had been "the best part of my life".

Producer David Heyman said the three young stars were "still humble, still enthusiastic and still generous" even after the massive success they had enjoyed.

Rowling also wiped away tears before thanking the actors for "the amazing things they did for my favourite characters". Turning to the fans, she said: "Thank you for queuing up for the books for all those years, for camping out in a wet Trafalgar Square."

She then pleaded with the fans, who were chanting 'Thank You' back to her, to stop, saying "No, no, I'm already crying."

Daniel Radcliffe got one of the night's biggest cheers when he said the stories would never end. He told fans: "Each and every person, not just here in this square but around the world who have watched these films for the last 10 years, they will always carry the films with them for the rest of their lives".

Fans have been arriving in London all week for the premiere with many of them camping in the square for days, often dressed as characters from the hit films. Others waved placards reading "Potter 'til I die", "Harry Potter is over. See you in therapy" and "Thank you Jo for my childhood".

Other cast members who walked up the red carpet included Robbie Coltrane, who plays Rubeus Hagrid, Tom Felton who plays Draco Malfoy and Julie Walters who plays Molly Weasley.

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