Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is the final installment in the franchise and having lived in the UK for the past 5 years, I've truly got to experience how big it is here and how passionate the locals are about this series of books turned movies. Battling the crowd and the weather, it was like being a war time reporter trying to get that ideal spot not just for photos but also to be able to soak in the entire atmosphere.
The day started out wet but around three in the afternoon, but the sun started to shine on the hoards of Harry Potter fans in Trafalgar Square. Some had been there for two days just to catch a glimpse of their favorite stars grace the red carpet – and they were rewarded.
Stars like Evanna Lynch, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, just to name a few, all received deafening applause from the fans as they step on to the red carpet. Cameras were flashing and autographs were signing but the loudest cheers were reserved for the main stars of the show.
Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and J.K. Rowling were the last few to arrive and were greeted with cheers fitting for a finale that shaped the childhoods of thousands of children. The four were later joined together on stage with executives from Warner Brothers as well as 'the Davids' and spoke on their experiences over the last ten years.
You can really tell a family has been formed over the last decade as each were eager to reunite the following year on set for the next Harry Potter film, but this was the last.
As one of the many present at Trafalgar Square, the atmosphere can only be described as magical! There were fans from all over the world, including Sweden, Spain and far away as Brazil. J.K. Rowling’s seven books has taught a generation of kids to read and they were out in force to thank her for that and the stars for bringing the books to life through eight cinematic performances.
When J.K Rowling was asked about how she felt today, she could only reply, tearing at the same time, expressing the heart-felt emotion and gratitude she had for the fans who had loyally followed her all these years. She did tease at one point saying “This is my baby, who knows. I might write a new book someday”. That was greeted excitingly by the fans but she did also say this was the last book and wishes to end it here. Only J.K Rowling knows whether there will be an eight book or more.
“It all ends here” is the tagline for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. David Yates and J.K Rowling have promised us a finale that is worth the wait. It is out in cinemas 14 July.
UK Correspondent POPCulture Online