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Saturday, July 9, 2011

J.K. ROWLING: Fans say goodbye to Harry Potter!

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HASAN SUROOR / The Hindu / LONDON, July 9, 2011.

British actors (from left) Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe attend the world premiere of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2' in central London on Friday.
British actors (from left) Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe attend the world premiere of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2' in central London on Friday - AFP.

It didn't need witches on broomsticks to cast a spell. For thousands of youngHarry Potter fans who flocked to Leicester Square on Thursday for the premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows—Part 2, the magic was simply in being there and watch their favourite stars — Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint — walk the red carpet.
Many had camped overnight and some had travelled thousands of miles from foreign lands to be part of the big moment. For remember there would be no other Harry Potter film after this — and as the poster said: “It all ends.”
One young Canadian who had come all the way from Vancouver said: “It's the final one. I had to come. I'm running on fumes now because I haven't slept for the last three nights.”
A Swedish teenager, bleary-eyed, wet and tired, said it was like saying “goodbye to a part of your life”.
The crowd, waving placards saying “Potter till I die” and “Long live Queen Rowling”, screamed, blew kisses and cried as the cast arrived. The loudest cheer was for 21-year-old Ms. Watson who came in what the fashionistas described as “a floor-length tiered Oscar de la Renta ruffled gown”. Wiping her tears, she said the role of Hermione Granger had changed her life. “Hermione's has been like my sister. She feels so real to me. I will miss being her. That is devastating. She pushed me and made me a better person.”

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