July 8th, 2011

tachikoma: celebratory

Harry Potter 7 Part 2: premiere and afterparty photos: spoiler-free

I have a tiny little champagne hangover today so this may be slightly incoherent. Main highlights:

  • Walking down the red carpet at the very last Harry Potter movie premiere to the sound of deafening screaming.

  • Diagon Alley set up along the red carpet path from Trafalgar Square to Leicester Square. Photos with owls and Death-Eaters.

  • All the scenes in the film with Snape.

  • Walking into the afterparty in Billingsgate, which is a massive venue and being greeted with a glass of champagne.

  • Viewing from the upper level the big bubbling cauldron decorations, the chocolate fountain (mmm strawberries) and the sweet stand.

  • Meeting the three Davids (the producers) and the director as well as a large chunk of the visual effects staff.

  • Getting up the courage to ask Alan Rickman for an autograph.

  • Being very glad that my future happiness was in no way predicated on being at that event, which, I sensed, was not the prevailing sentiment.

Nevertheless, it certainly felt like a privilege to be in attendance at the premiere, and I was drawn into the film emotionally much more than I expected to be. Behind the cut are a lot of photos from my crappy phone camera and a few scans (e.g. of my ticket). I hope they convey a sense of what it was like to be there.

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