Date: 7th July 2011
The end is in sight for millions of Harry Potter fans as the last film in the hugely successful series gets its world premiere on Thursday.
Thousands have camped out overnight in Trafalgar Square, central London, with fans coming from as far afield as Canada and Sweden ahead of the first screening of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part Two.
Among the stars they are expecting to see are the three main members of the cast, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson along with dozens of other cast members including Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Tom Felton and Alan Rickman.
At a press conference on Wednesday night, Watson said playing Harry's sidekick Hermione Granger had changed her life.
"Hermione's been like my sister. She feels so real to me," the 22-year-old actress admitted. "I will miss being her. That is devastating. She has pushed me and made me a better person."
But Ralph Fiennes has revealed he could not wait to take off Lord Voldemort's heavy robes. The Oscar-nominated actor said: "It was an irritating costume to wear - it was too long and sometimes I would trip over."
Fans, many of them dressed as wand-wielding characters from the series, could be in for a stormy time tonight as the film looks set to make its debut in traditional fashion - to the accompaniment of thunder and rain.
Its stars have got used to squelching up the red carpet after being caught in a succession of torrential downpours before premieres in London's Leicester Square. The 2009 premiere of Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince saw soaked stars Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson posing for pictures in the pouring rain while fans sheltered under Harry Potter umbrellas. The same thing happened in 2007 at the first night of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square will be transformed by a touch of Potter wizardry for the day. The road joining the two sites will be transformed into Diagon Alley - the high street which is home to shops selling the latest in magic for Harry and his fellow wizards.
The film goes on general release on July 15.
Source: Press Release