Okay. I haven't posted on here for ages, and I promised myself that I would this year. This is only my second livejournal post since January and it is now July. Not good enough.
Still, the reason I'm writing a post is nothing really to do with my life personally, but rather a phenomenon that has come to an end. So I felt I had to write down what happened yesterday. Yesterday, 7th July 2011, the anniversary of the 7/7 attacks, was the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part II premiere in London. The last one. I didn't go. I wish I had. For the first time in 10 years, it didn't rain at the time of the premiere. A break of tradition which I don't know was a good thing or not. It was actually raining until the premiere started, so it could be said we had both sides of the coin and in that way were lucky.
It went as expected. The stars turned up, and they looked fabulous. The Holy Trio plus Severus Snape aka Alan Rickman got the loudest cheers. That was until the lady herself turned up, of course Queen Rowling. As Dan Radcliffe stated, "I've just been trumped."
Fashion-wise, Evana Lynch (Luna Lovegood) stole the show. She wore a beautiful ivory-white dress that was simple and elegant. The dress matched her age. I wish I could say the same for Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley). Emma Watson wore a white gown also, and it was her Cinderella moment. I wasn't crazy about it at first, but it grew on me. Dan wore a traditional grey 3 piece suit that was perfect. He looked gorgeous. He should perhaps pass on his stylist's number to Rupert Grint, however.
Once the stars came and talked to the presenters (Sky 3D *rollseyes*), I wasn't expecting much else. Until the colour guy, who was super annoying ("Lune Lovejoy" - siriusly) said to expect something on the main stage. Lo-and-Behold, they were going to talk to us! By 'they' I mean the CEO of Warner Bros'; two producers of the whole series David Heyman and David Barron; the director of the last 4 films, David Yates; scriptwriter Steve Kloves; the Holy Trio and JK Rowling herself. It was a beautiful surprise. They each had a go at the microphone, and I guess it started to get emotional when David Yates said this film was the last chapter of Harry Potter and the crowd boo-ed and it was Dan Radcliffe who said Harry Potter will never end. It was an amazing moment, said by Harry Potter himself and it was extra significant too because over the last few years it felt as if Dan was pulling himself away from the whole shebang, but at this moment he embraced it, along with the thousands in the crowd and the millions watching around the world. His speech was inspiring, yet when he made a faux-pas of his own by saying he got "very, very lucky" when he was 11 it was Emma who voiced, "No Dan, you were and are the perfect Harry Potter and will be forever." As you can guess, it was Emma's speech that broke us all down. She was just so sincere in her words and when she spoke to Jo directly, she broke down with the rest of us. Rupert killed us all when he told Dan and Emma that he loved them.
At this point, I was sniffling and wiping escaped tears but, as expected, it was Jo's speech that targeted the heart. For some peculiar reason, I stopped breathing when whilst Jo was thanking the fans, the crowd chanted back simultaneously, as if this was all practiced "thank you, thank you". It was then that I was a goner.
I've written this down because I want to remember how I felt that day, and I want to remember it forever. The sun shone down on what should be a celebration but can also be construed to some of us as a closed chapter on our childhood. I suppose that will happen on the 15th July but I will NEVER forget Harry Potter and what it did for me, until the very end. I leave you with this quote -
"Whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home." - JK Rowling