Potter-mad fans camp out for glimpse of magic at film premiere
Hundreds of Harry Potter fans queued patiently last night to catch a glimpse of their on-screen heroes at today's world premiere of the eighth and final film in the record-breaking cinema franchise.
A small number of hardcore devotees of the boy wizard stories created by British author JK Rowling have been camping in London's Trafalgar Square since Monday.
But the cast have mixed emotions about the blockbuster series which catapulted them to fame and fortune.
Yesterday, Rupert Grint described how kissing co-star Emma Watson in the new film was "really weird" because they had known each other for so long.
The actor, who plays Ron Weasley, said neither he nor Watson -- who plays Hermione Granger -- were looking forward to filming the scene in 'Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part Two'.
Grint also confessed all three of the film's main stars burst into tears as they filmed the final scenes.
"It was really sad, we all cried. It was kind of seeing Dan and then Emma cry that triggered me, and it was kind of this weird mix of emotions really -- it's hard to describe."
The new film hits theatres on July 15, and is the first Harry Potter movie to be released in 3D. The seven films released so far have earned more than $6bn (€4.19bn) at the global box office.
For many followers, 'Pottermania' has meant more than just a teenage crush or fleeting passion for the magical world of Hogwarts.
"Harry Potter got me through secondary school, I made new friends through it," said one fan, who was wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the words 'Danaholics Anonymous' in honour of Daniel Radcliffe who plays Harry.