It’s the end of an era. There is no other way to put it. The films have spanned over a decade, had record-breaking success and have had a huge impact on the British film Industry. The story of Harry Potter has changed a generation; people have grown up reading the books and waiting for the latest film adaptation to be released.
It is no surprise then that yesterday’s world premiere for the final instalment of the franchise, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows:Part 2, is the biggest film premiere in British history. An estimated 18,000 Potter fans flocked to Trafalgar Square to catch a glimpse of their favourite stars; some coming all the way from Argentina and many having camped out since Monday morning!
It is obvious that this phenomenon has meant so much to people and many will be sad to see it all end when the final film hits the cinemas next Friday. It is not just fans who will be sad to see it all end, the cast and crew have all worked so hard for long on the films that many have said that they now feel ‘lost’ with the knowledge that there will be no more.
For the actors who famously brought Harry, Ron and Hermione to life the filming process has dominated more than half their lives so far. Emma Watson was just nine years old when she was first cast and her transformation is the most documented out of everybody associated with the films. She has grown into a beautiful, sophisticated and intelligent young woman who has already modelled for Burberry and Lancôme. Having established herself as a fashion icon at the tender age of 21 everybody has been speculating about what she would wear for the final premiere- let’s just say that she didn’t disappoint. Emma donned an amazing silver/ice blue, Oscar de la Renta dress. The sparkly, floor-length tiered gown was nothing short of magical and guaranteed that all eyes would rest firmly on Miss Watson on the red carpet.
The main man himself, Daniel Radcliffe, looked very dapper in a three-piece, tailor made grey suit as he greeted his adoring fans. As far as I can see none of the stars of the film made any fashion faux pas; Helena Bonham Carter teamed her sleek green dress with a huge cerise hair flower, but by Helena’s usual standards it was fairly tame.
Whilst watching the live coverage of the premiere it was great to see just how much the actors appreciate their fans. The stars were there for hours signing autographs and having their pictures taken; kudos to the actors who play the Weasley twins as they seemed to make it their mission to greet every adoring fan.
It was clear to anybody watching last night that the fans, cast and crew all gathered together to wave a fond farewell to franchise that has been nothing short of a phenomenon.
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