Hi there, I’m Henry Golding and I had the pleasure of being sent by Warner Brothers and Channel 5 to be the very first to catch the premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 and meet the cast and director in London!
The cheer of the crowd could be heard across London. Trafalgar square had been home to a riotous and abnormally loyal group of fans for the past 3 days and 2 nights… the day had finally come for the cast and crew of Harry Potter – The Deathly Hallows Part2 to walk the red carpet, and not just any old red carpet. Its one of the biggest red carpets the world has ever seen and I was lucky enough to be right in the middle of it all!
As we walked in through security along the media end of the red carpet towards the grand staircase outside the National Gallery, the squashed bodies of the fans became apparent. It was an endless sea of lighting scared foreheads and Hogwarts scarfs, screaming and ponging from their (for some) 2 nights out on the streets under the wet and cold London weather.
Some of the fans I spoke to had travelled all the way from Argentina, Australia, America, Belgium, Sweden and other obscure destinations across the world where Potter mania shone brightly. It was a forced to be reckoned with, at one point whilst I was interviewing a group of girls, to my right there was a lot of commotion coming from the security and a lady in her 50’s or so. Next thing I hear is “I need to get out!! But all of you guys can go to hell if you think im giving up my space at the front as I’ve been here since Monday!!” … It was Thursday today. I was in disbelief at how much of an impact this franchise had on people. Especially it being the last ever premiere of the movie. 7 books and 8 movies all bottled into one evening, all that emotion filled to the brim about to be unleashed on the expecting young starlets.
We arrived in the square at 2pm, we were lead into the press pen and allocated our slot on the red carpet by 3-30pm, 4-30pm the shrill scream of thousands of die hard fans were heard around the world as they signaled the arrival of the first actors. It was Rupert Grint, but that’s Ron to you. It wasn’t until 6pm did the first celebrities reach us… it took them one and a half hours to walk the carpet, that’s how epic it was.
Watch the madness on the red carpet here!
Luckily we had the one on one interviews earlier on the week as it would have been disastrous if we only had the interviews from the big day as everybody was soaking in the atmosphere and meeting their fans. Which was completely understandable, it was such an amazing scene and ambience about the place. A mix of excitement and sadness and sheer disbelief.
Here’s my interview with the cast and director as we bid Harry Potter a final farewell…
I think the actor Jason Isaac (Mr Lucius Malfoy) put it the best when I asked him how he thinks the crowd feels, are they sad that its at an end? He told me “ well you have to look at it this way, its been 11 years in the making. Nearly everybody has been on this journey with us from the begginnng they’ve become apart of our lives as much as theirs. Harry potter will never be finished not in their eyes, we all carry it in our hearts.”
Truly a day I would never forget.