Saturday, July 9, 2011

Hp7 part 2: It all ends 15.7.2011: Last hurray for the boy-wizard, Trafalgar Square and Fans Through-out the world rise to the Occasion

Everyone mark 15.7.2011 in your calenders - for it marks the closing of an era (one which I and a lot of folks around the world are not yet ready to say goodbye to). Potter Fans both in UK and the world turned up and bid farewell to our favourite boy wizard on Thursday.

In a lavish premiere, fans were treated to a magical evening ahead of the July 15 global release of the final chapter in Harry's life, The Deathly Hallows Part II - the eighth and the final motion picture of Jo Rowling's bestseller saga. The road linking Trafalgar Square with cinema district Leicester Square was transformed into Diagon Alley- the magical street invisible to non-magical eyes.

"For the last decade we've been gripped by the on-screen battle between Harry Potter and his arch enemy Lord Voldemort and this is one of the most eagerly awaited films in history," Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, said in a statement. "As befits a great British triumph, I can think of no better venue than the iconic surroundings of Trafalgar Square in which to stage the most spectacular of send offs for this dramatic finale."

Everyone turned up for the occasion - the cast, crew, producers, directors, Miss Rowling, the trio (Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint) and shared a moment of grief as the chapter closes on the "Harry Potter Era". The three main stars particularly – Dan, Emma and Rupert - found it pretty hard to say goodbye – “We have spent 12 years together,” said Radcliffe. “I think the bond is unbreakable.”
Each of the stars had something special to say to both J.K. and their audience. Watson, who plays the brainy Hermione Granger, expressed her thanks for writer Steve Kloves for giving Hermione her true, strong voice. Grint, who plays Ron Weasley, claimed that the film and those involved had “made the last 10 years the best half of my life.” Radcliffe, on a more sentimental note said: "while it may be the end of the films, the stories and the characters will live on because people will carry the story with them for the rest of their lives," according to the Hollywood Reporter.

"It (the series) will be sorely missed," Yates said. "It's going to create a huge hole."

"We are delighted that our plans for the finale of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' will take place in such a spectacular venue," added Warner Bros. Pictures UK president and managing director Josh Berger. "We pride ourselves on the creativity of our premieres and the space within Trafalgar Square will lend itself to being a magical experience for both guests and fans."

The series is an unmatched phenomenon in the entertainment world. The books have sold millions of copies, been translated in 67 languages.

(Down below is the edited live premiere from youtube)


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