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Tuesday 7 July 2009

Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince Premiere.

I arrived in Leicester Square with the intention of meeting a friend for a drink, but was distracted by the gathering crowds who had descended on the square to, I assume, watch a bunch of reasonably famous people walk into a cinema.

I was intrigued by the phenomenon in a way that I haven't been before. Exactly what is it that makes thousands of people think "I know, today I am going to stand in Leicester Square in the pouring rain, so that I can watch Daniel Radcliffe get ushered in on the red carpet under an umbrella."

Whatever the reason, only these people would know.

I wonder if the girl on the right with the homemade cardboard banner saying "I came all the way 4rm Miami 2 C Dan" made the banner in Miami before travelling, or after arriving in London. I also wonder how smudged the words got after the torrential rain, which I witnessed from the comfort of Yates bar, before I strolled over to the Prince Charles Cinema to watch 'Double Indemnity.'

People get their kicks in strange ways. Suffice to say these girls and slightly-too-old balding men managed to still scream wildly, despite the heavy rain. Or maybe they were screaming because of the rain. I don't know.


  1. It's because it's Harry Potter with a cult following that makes the common muggle fans oblivious to the elements - I have to say I am cannot wait to see the film next week when it is released to the public! I am doing a couple weeks shadowing the director for work experience in october so will let you know then why 'Dan' enduces such... bizarre behaviour!

  2. I think it's because he did that play in the nude.

    Just sayin'.

  3. i like potter, but this is kind of ridiculous. funny, but ridiculous

  4. Thats funny! That exact story happened to me a couple of years ago when one of the other Harry Potter films had its premiere. There was such a large crowd, it was unbelievable!

  5. hey
    im the girl with the banner! and i made the banner when i was still in Miami, and the words didnt get smudged because i had put transparent book covering around the cardboard
    i kept the picture you took :)


  6. Haha, Hi Maud! Wow, how did you find this blog? Must be weird to see you in it! If you email me I can forward you the proper picture, I may have another one with you in also! My email address is in my profile on the left hand side.