Monday 24 July 2017

Stars come out for Potter premiere

Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe attend the premiere. Photo: Getty Images
Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe attend the premiere. Photo: Getty Images

One of the year's most anticipated films had its world premiere last night.

The cast and crew of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One were in Leicester Square, London, for the seventh film in the hugely successful series.

Stars included Daniel Radcliffe, who has starred as the bespectacled boy wizard for the past 10 years, and Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, who play his best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.

The film tells the story of Harry's final battle against the evil Voldemort and will be followed next July by the concluding chapter in the saga, based on JK Rowling's best-selling books.

It marks a transition from the previous films in that the wizarding school Hogwarts, which the trio attend, does not feature at all.

Instead, it shows Harry and his friends searching for the Horcruxes, the secret to Voldemort's immortality.

Thousands of fans turned out at Leicester Square last night in the hope of catching a glimpse of their screen heroes.

The rain stayed away unlike last year's wash-out that saw the film's stars drenched with rain as they arrived on the red carpet.

In an interview with the BBC, Grint described the final films as "the end of a real era", with Watson saying the last day of filming had been "overwhelming".

She added: "It just felt like the end of a world, a world of mine."

Radcliffe, who is now set to appear in a Broadway musical and takes the lead role in a film version of ghost story The Woman in Black, said of his time as Harry Potter: "I was given this mind-blowing opportunity at the age of 11, not just to work with these amazing people but also to have the chance to learn on the job."

The film is to be screened simultaneously in both the Odeon Leicester Square and Empire Leicester Square cinemas.

It has been directed by David Yates, who previously directed Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and will be released nationwide on November 19.

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