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Harry Potter 7 Part 2: premiere and afterparty photos: spoiler-free [20110708|14:32]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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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.

The entrance at the northeast corner of Trafalgar Square. Just getting to it was an epic adventure in crowd navigation.

After negotiating several layers of bouncers, we stepped onto the carpet.

Rupert Grint turned up quite early compared to the other stars.

The view down to the stage where the directors, the three main actors and JK Rowling gave their final tearful addresses.

My cousin on the red carpet.

Me on the red carpet. I really didn't want to be carrying all that stuff, but considering that I had to wear three different outfits that day (work => Royal Society => premiere), I'm pleased that I managed without a suitcase.

Trafalgar Square mob. Some of those people had been camped out since Tuesday. They were not allowed to use tents or sleeping bags, so they'd been sitting there in raincoats with umbrellas. Madness.

My cousin in front of Olivanders.

My cousin with one of the beautiful little owls.

My owl was a bit more aloof.

Ahhhh Death-Eaters!

This little kid was very dubious about posing with Death-Eaters.

Lots of Death-Eaters.

Some of the little kids who were dressed up in house gear were posing under the appropriate signs. Awww.

Look along the side of the red carpet at the lower edge of the barriers.

Look more closely. Some of these people had been there for hours in the rain, waiting to photograph famous feet.

Fans. Crazy, crazy fans.

This was just before the Empire cinema. People were piled along that side street all the way back to the one that runs parallel to the top of the square. They couldn't possibly have seen anything.

I stopped taking photos as soon as we got into the theatre for what I hope are obvious reasons. This narrative resumes on the coach to the afterparty in Billingsgate.

One of the giant bubbling cauldrons in Billingsgate, as seen from the upper level.

Champagne faces. The flash on my phone camera stopped working because my battery was almost dead.

Mmm, chocolate fountain. Strawberries and tiny doughnuts available for dunking.

Sweet counter. You were handed a paper bag and allowed to fill it.

View from the terrace outside. (The Shard!)

Hog roast.

OK, maybe I did a tiny bit of celebrity-spotting.

That's Tonks on stage with the accordion.

My cousin & I departed shortly after 1 AM. We took one look at the taxi queue and headed for the night buses, which turned out to be an excellent strategy.

My ticket, front and back.

My afterparty map, with Alan Rickman's autograph. (They took away our invites at the door, sadly.)

The magazine they gave us at the theatre. Lots of pretty, pretty images of cast members, including on-set photos like the one with Daniel Radcliffe and Helena Bonham-Carter below. If anyone would like me to scan the entire magazine in, I will do it, but only if it's explicitly requested in the comments.


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[User Picture]From: sekl
2011-07-08 14:38 (UTC)
Looks wonderful. I love this last photo with Radcliffe and Bonham-Carter.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-07-11 09:58 (UTC)
It's very sweet. Also, something that would never happen in the films. Or at lesat, he wouldn't be looking so happy about it.
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[User Picture]From: ajguapa
2011-07-08 15:21 (UTC)
I'm so jealous!!! Red carpet for Harry Potter!!! Urgh!!!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-07-11 09:59 (UTC)
It's because my cousin works on the films and I'm the one relative who lives in London. When her husband (who also works on the films) doesn't want to go, I get to be her date.
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[User Picture]From: ajguapa
2011-07-08 15:28 (UTC)
oh! Alan Rickman!!! I think I loved Snape ever since the beginning of the saga because i love alan Rickman! He's a hero!!! i'm happy I wasn't wrong with the character I was rooting for. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-07-11 10:01 (UTC)
Alan Rickman has been my favourite screen antagonist for a very long time. :D
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[User Picture]From: returntosender
2011-07-08 15:30 (UTC)
AMAZING! We watched some of the premiere stuff online, it was really quite emotional!
Looks like the magazine that was given away with last months Empire. It's lovely. Nice photo of Jason Isaacs.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-07-11 10:02 (UTC)
I admit, I got a little teary watching Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and JK Rowling go all wibbly during the speeches. I wasn't expecting that.

I'm glad the magazine is widely available. I was a little worried someone would ask for a complete scan. ;)
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[User Picture]From: melissa_maples
2011-07-08 15:43 (UTC)
Holy crap! Wow. That's amazing.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-07-11 10:04 (UTC)
It was pretty awesome. The funny thing was that I'd had free champagne the night before as well. On Saturday I went to a garden party at the bloke's college and I was worried I'd have to drink champagne again. Life can't be so bad when you're starting to be afraid of too much champagne.
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[User Picture]From: alice_mccoy
2011-07-08 16:31 (UTC)
Wow. How come you had a ticket?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-07-11 10:05 (UTC)
My cousin works on the films. (I went to the HP6 premiere as well, although that wasn't nearly as big a deal as this one.) When her husband can't go, I get his ticket.
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[User Picture]From: petitemorte
2011-07-08 18:53 (UTC)
How wonderful! What an experience! I am so glad you got to go, and thank you for sharing pictures and your experience with your fellow Harry Potter nerds. :) I am immensely jealous of you getting to meet Alan Rickman, I have had a crush on him long before he played Snape so perfectly. Great pictures, what an epic adventure!

I do not get on here often, in fact, one of the only reasons I do is because I love your posts and adore your pictures, and I also like hearing about what you (and a few select others like Keith/Doc) that are not my facebook friends are up to. I had a feeling I should check lj today when I woke up, and am so happy I did. :) Thanks again for sharing pictures and stories of your amazing night!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-07-11 10:09 (UTC)
My meeting with Alan Rickman was pretty brief. I sidled up, apologised for bothering him, asked for his autograph, thanked him and scarpered. I don't have any vested interest in getting familiar with famous people so I figured I wouldn't bother him for any longer than necessary.

:D Thank you very much for reading about my little foray into Glamourous Life. It was fun, but I'm glad I don't have to live there.
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[User Picture]From: victorine
2011-07-08 19:14 (UTC)
What a fantastic night! Sorry if I haven't paid close enough attention, I'm guessing your cousin did work on the movie?

Great photos! I can't wait to see the movie!

(did Alan Rickman smell nice?)

(and here's the not so nice streak in me: in one of the photos, I thought to myself, "that woman has an enormous bottom!")
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-07-11 10:15 (UTC)
Yep, my cousin is a digital colourist and has worked on the bulk of the Harry Potter films.

The wrap-up was actually pretty good. Some of the dialogue is amazingly cheesy, but that's par for the course for these films, I think.

I didn't get close enough to Alan Rickman to sniff him. But I imagine he smelled nice. ;)
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[User Picture]From: flexagain
2011-07-08 20:13 (UTC)
I had to look up who Rupert Grint was, but I barely recognise the names of the other two when I hear them, so that's not surprising!

It certainly looks like it was an experience. :)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-07-11 10:16 (UTC)
I only knew the names of the lead actors, Helena Bonham-Carter and Alan Rickman really. I was grateful to have the little magazine to look up the others. ;)
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[User Picture]From: doccy
2011-07-08 22:06 (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-07-11 10:16 (UTC)
YESSSS. I'm immensely grateful I don't have to live in that world, though.
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[User Picture]From: trendyprof
2011-07-08 22:40 (UTC)
Very fancy!

Chocolate fountain! MMMMM!!!

What does your cousin do?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-07-11 10:18 (UTC)
She's a digital colourist. I'll post a link to her IMDB page under lock in a little while.

Champagne, live music & chocolate fountain; what more do you need for a party?
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From: anokapolis
2011-07-09 21:39 (UTC)
Wow, this is so cool, you should have taken me with you:)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-07-11 10:18 (UTC)
If I had hidden everybody who wanted to go with me under my skirts, as was suggested, I would have had to wear an enormous ball gown. ;D
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[User Picture]From: nationofsheep
2011-07-10 02:03 (UTC)
I am surprised to note that I am somewhat jealous. Looks like an awesome time. And I have been telling myself that my own anticipation of the opening has been about Iggy being excited about it.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-07-11 10:29 (UTC)
I was surprised to find that it was such a pleasure to be a part of the occasion. I mean, I knew it was special because it's the last film and they were going out with a bang. But I didn't expect to be so drawn into it myself.
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[User Picture]From: sanat
2011-07-10 09:49 (UTC)
Wow, ENVIOUS. I gotta find my way to London one day. My friend Tracy was just talking about seeing John Barrowman in La Cage there!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-07-11 10:30 (UTC)
It's a fun city. Hellaciously expensive, though.
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[User Picture]From: danaid_luv
2011-07-11 04:56 (UTC)
Strappy red shoes & wrist!bling, & happy, delighted Nanila--what a fantastic post! *spins* I thought about you on the 7th--had hoped it was a (nicely) memorable experience... :)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-07-11 10:31 (UTC)
I love those shoes. I don't get to wear them much because they're a little too flashy for formal hall. It was great fun getting dolled up for the occasion!
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