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Complaints as kids puke up in Potter

The slugs scene in Chamber of Secrets is making children sick.

A cinema owner in Norway has moaned that loads of young people are puking when they see Ron Weasley bringing up slugs. He regurgitates the slimy creatures for ages after his spell on Malfoy backfires.

‘Taste really nice’

Rupert Grint, who plays Ron, said the slugs were his favourite scene. “That was so fun because they had all these different flavours of slug slime,” he told Newsround’s Lizo Mzimba.

“There was chocolate, there was lemon, there was orange, there was peppermint. All these different flavours – they made them taste really nice.”

But at least one child in every screening is sick during that scene, said Gudrun Romsbotn, who manages a cinema in Stavanger, Norway.

“If the children have eaten popcorn or sweets when this scene is shown, they feel sick,” he told a Norwegian newspaper.

“It is not a particularly fun task for our employees to have to wash away the sick.”

Original article found here: CBBC Newsround| Decmeber 6th, 2002

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Harry Potter stars learn to deal with celebrity

Associated Press

NEW YORK Rupert Grint was recognized on a mountain in Switzerland. Emma Watson received a teddy bear as big as she is from a fan when she turned 12 this year.

And Daniel Radcliffe? When he showed up recently at MTV’s Times Square studios for an appearance on Total Request Live, girls stood outside in the cold, dressed in wizard costumes, shrieking his name and hoping to catch a glimpse of him.

Harry Potter – the skinny kid with the glasses and lightning bolt scar on his forehead and the mop of brown hair – a heartthrob?

“Personally, I can’t actually see it,” said Daniel, who plays the boy wizard. “But if people can, then great.”

This is just one of the innumerable ways in which life has changed for the three young stars of the Harry Potter films.

When Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone came out in November 2001, Daniel previously had done a TV version of David Copperfield in his native England, and played Geoffrey Rush’s son in The Tailor of Panama. Rupert and Emma, who co-star as Harry’s pals Ron and Hermione, had no prior screen experience.

But they got zapped with instant fame: Philosopher’s Stone became the second-biggest film of all time – second only to Titanic – and has grossed $975 million US worldwide.

Now with the opening of the second adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s book series, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, all three actors have learned to function in the front of the public eye as well as the camera lens.

“I get recognized quite a lot,” said Rupert, who turned 14 and grew five inches this summer. “They just come up, they call me Ron, and it’s quite strange. It’s hard to get used to but it’s quite cool as well.”

Emma said she tries not to let the buzz get to her. “Even when you take away all the glamour and attention and premieres and everything, it still comes down to the fact that you’re acting,” she said.

But fans are in full force in cyberspace, too. features photos of the 13-year-old actor smiling at a premiere, and dressed in a wizard’s robe as Harry, looking earnest while holding his Quidditch stick. tells you when to look for the actor on The Tonight Show. And The Unofficial Emma Watson Page promises to provide “the newest, latest, up-to-date info on this amazing actress.”

All this may sound a tad excessive. But Chris Columbus, who directed both Harry Potter films, said the young stars haven’t been affected by the attention – mainly because they haven’t had time to be.

“The kids themselves did the premiere last year, they did, like, Leno, Letterman, and then the movie opened on Friday, and three days later they’re shooting Chamber of Secrets,” Columbus said.

“And going back to England is different. Even though the press there is pretty savage, they’ve stayed away from the kids,” he said. “They’ll follow Victoria Beckham (Posh Spice of the Spice Girls) and those people around the streets forever, but for some reason they’ve left the kids alone.”

Columbus said he’s seen all three actors improve on camera.

“By the time we started shooting the second movie, there was a whole level of confidence and ease, and the ability to even do some improvisation, which we had never done before,” he said.

Daniel agreed: “I certainly felt a lot more confident with Chris. I could say to him if I had an idea or something. I was more comfortable with talking to him about it, whereas on the first one I wouldn’t have been able to do that.”

Since finishing Chamber of Secrets, the kids have gone back to school in England, which Rupert said was “a bit weird” after having a tutor on the set.

“It took me about three or four days to get settled in,” he said. “They treat me normal, which is good.”

Emma said that, unlike the brainy character she plays, “I’m not very academic.” She prefers sports and art classes.

And Daniel has become a huge film buff in his downtime. “I absolutely love Wes Anderson. I love The Royal Tenenbaums,” he said. “I think my favourite film of all time is definitely 12 Angry Men.”

All three are coming back for the third film, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, scheduled for release in June 2004. But what happens after that – will they return for No. 4, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire? And what about books five through seven, which Rowling hasn’t even finished yet?

“I don’t even know if they’re going to make a fourth or a fifth or whatever, but it’s been a really, really good experience and I’ve really enjoyed them, so yeah, I suppose,” Emma said.

Rupert was gung-ho about returning. “I’ve always wanted to do this kind of thing and I just really love it,” he said. “It’s better than I thought it would be.”

Daniel said there was plenty of time to decide about subsequent films, because each one takes about a year to make.

The three young stars realize that no matter what they do from now on, they’ll be known as the Harry Potter kids – which is fine with Emma.

“I think I could be 100 years old and be in my rocker but I’ll always be very, very proud to say that I was in the Harry Potter films,” she said.

But Daniel acknowledged the potential peril of being tied to Harry Potter forever.

“I think if I do go on to act, or whatever I do . . . I think I’m gonna, like, try and separate myself from that, from the character,” he said. “But at the same time, it’s not something I will ever be ashamed of, because it’s a huge achievement and it’s something to be really proud of.”

Original article found here: Associated Press | Decmeber 6th, 2002

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Rupert Grint

Uh oh, Ron Weasley is up to his old tricks
. . . that don’t work!
© Nigel Parry/2002 Warner Bros.

Since Rupert Grint landed the role of Ron Weasley, the youngest
Weasley brother and best friend to Harry Potter, his life has been
on the fast track. Besides being recognized around the world, Rupert
received a British Critic’s Circle nomination for Best Newcomer.
We asked Rupert about the new movie, his fear of spiders, and having
his own action figure.

Q: During the time that you weren’t filming, did you, Daniel,
and Emma keep in touch?

Rupert: We get along really well on the set, but we live
far away from each other, so [no, we didn’t].

Q: What was your favorite scene to film in The Chamber of
Rupert: [The] Whomping Willow scene, which
is really fun because it’s like a theme park ride and I got to drive
a car.

Q: How old do you have to be to have a driver’s license in England?
Rupert: I’m 13 [and you have to be] 17 or 18. At 16
you can drive a motorbike.

Q: What was the most challenging scene to film in this movie?

Rupert: I think coughing up slugs was quite hard. Ron has
a scene where he has to cough up these giant slugs. I had this giant
slug in my mouth loaded with slime and I spat them out. I think
it was plastic. I hope it was plastic.

Q: Did you have more fun making this film as opposed to the last

Rupert: Yes, I think so. On the first one, it was my first
time on the set and it was quite scary. I know everyone now and
we’re really comfortable with it.

Q: You and Daniel had to film the scene with the giant spiders,

Rupert: We come into the spider’s hollow, and then [we meet]
Aragog&#151a spider that is the size of an elephant and really scary
because he has these [long] hairs. I’m really scared of spiders.
That didn’t help my fear at all.

Q: Have people started to recognize you when you’re on the street?

Rupert: People recognize me, call me Ron, and ask me questions.
It’s really cool and weird as well. They usually just ask for my
autograph. I’ve got a signature and everything. It’s hard to get
used to.

Q: Does Ron have an easier time with his magic spells in this movie?

Rupert: He’s worse actually. His wand breaks and he tapes it up.
It’s just really bad. Every spell he does backfires on him.

Q: Are you really looking forward to the fifth Harry Potter book,
The Order of the Phoenix?

Rupert: I can’t wait until that comes out. It’s going to
be cool.

Q: Do you like it that there’s a Ron action figure that looks
like you?

Rupert: The action figure kind of scares me. It’s really
scary [to think that] someone’s playing with you. It’s not real

Original article found here: Schoolastic | Unknown 2002

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Last year, reviewing Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, I said my major gripe was that it was so very much like the book on which it was based. This time around, the producers have seen little reason to change the formula – and why would you, considering The Philosopher’s Stone ‘s box office receipts?

One of last year’s key reasons for this book-as-film criticism was the possibility that the films would not stand up on their own over time. I’m please to say that I’ve revised my opinion after movie two.

The darker and more action-filled book two is perfectly designed for the cinema – and seeing it on screen brings those darker aspects home. There were times in the first film where it almost felt too Blyton-esque – a Famous Five adventure with magic.

In the new Harry Potter instalment, The Chamber Of Secrets , there are some seriously scary bits – which the cinematography and art direction make all too real. My companion (who admits to a mild level of arachnophobia) was seriously close to not coping during the spider scene.

When it comes to our three protagonists – Harry, Ron and Hermione – all three actors (Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson respectively) have a much stronger sense of their roles, and their portrayals would make any Harry Potter fan proud.

Radcliffe gets to push his acting talents further than looking perpetually wide-eyed – this movie’s Harry is much more of a hero. He does save the day, rather than doing it by accident. But it is Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley who’s the scene stealer this time around. He is an excellent comic foil to Hermione’s diligence – always capped off by a face loaded with expression.

Watch out for Ron and the spiders, Ron and the slugs, Ron and the owl, Ron and the wand, Ron and the… well, you get the idea.

The peripheral characters – a word I use lightly, since there is never such a thing in the world of Harry Potter – are just that in this second movie. It is more obviously focused on the three central characters, with the adults contributing only what the plot requires of them. This is, considering the calibre of the cast, a shame. But given that the film already runs to 161 minutes, it would appear a necessary sacrifice.

I’m not quite sure how I feel about Kenneth Branagh as Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher, Gilderoy Lockhart (he of the coif and self-promoting prose). Again, my companion (a Branagh fan) thought he was great, but I’m not so sure. It felt a little like he was going through the motions. Dare I say it, I even think Hugh Grant (who was also up for the role) would have been better – before the trendy new haircut.

It’s also sad that we won’t see more of Richard Harris as Dumbledore. I enjoyed his relationship with Daniel Radcliffe. All his acting appeared to be in his eyes – which is admittedly all you have to work with, when you’re wearing a huge cloak and beard.

He-who-must-not-be named was great too. Encountering him in more human form only enhances the sense of evil that carries through the books, and now the films.

Roll on Harry Potter And The Prisoner of Azkaban (currently scheduled for early 2004) – I can’t wait to see who plays Sirius Black. He’s my favourite.

Simon Elder

Original article found here: TVNZ November 27th 2002

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Rupert: Hard time at school after Harry

Rupert said his teachers suck up to him at school

Rupert Grint has admitted he had a tough time settling back into school after months spent on the Harry Potter film set.

The teenage star, who plays Ron Weasley, said it was weird going to school again after such a long break.

“I don’t really like it very much,” he said on Channel 4’s Ri:se.
“I got a detention when I came back from the film premiere because I forgot my kit three times. I had to clear up the sports shed.”


Rupert as Ron Weasley

“My teachers suck up a bit as well. I shouldn’t have said that!”

Rupert, like all the other young Potter stars, has a private tutor on the set, but he has to go back to school in between filming.

He also said he gets a bit edgy when he first meets really famous actors, like Kenneth Branagh, who plays Gilderoy Lockhart in the Chamber of Secrets.

Ron admitted he thumped his Thunderpants co-star for a bet

“I get quite nervous when I meet them because they’re really famous but once you get to know them, they’re really down to earth and nice,” he said.

Rupert was on Ri:se with his Thunderpants co-star, Bruce Cook.

Rupert admitted he actually thumped Bruce in a scene where he has to slap his face.

“One of the crew members paid me £5 to actually whack him in the film,” Rupert laughed. “But it was really fun to film.”

Original article found here: CBBC Newsround | November 22nd, 2002

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Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, David Heyman Interviews

Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Producer David Heyman Talk About “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”

On the eve of the November 15, 2002 opening of “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” two of the film’s young stars stopped by the movie’s Los Angeles premiere. Part of a whirlwind publicity tour promoting this second in the series of “Harry Potter” films, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson answered a few questions about their starring roles in the “Harry Potter” franchise.

Rupert Grint at the LA Premiere of
“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.”
Photo ©Rebecca Murray. All Rights Reserved.

RUPERT GRINT (‘Ron Weasley’)

What’s it like seeing yourself on movie posters worldwide?
It’s actually quite scary. It’s weird.

How does it feel being a celebrity?

It feels really cool. It’s a bit weird because I get recognized quite a lot. It’s strange – and they call me ‘Ron.’ I’ve tried different disguises, like hats and stuff, but it doesn’t work.

My friends treat me pretty normal. My teachers suck up a bit.

How difficult was it to shoot the slug scenes?

It was really good. I loved doing that slug scene because they flavored the slug slime so it was like chocolate, peppermint, orange, lemon, and all these really nice flavors.

How many times did you have to do the scene?

Oh, the more the better!

You have a pretty scary scene with spiders in this film and I hear you’re not a big spider fan.

I hate spiders. That was horrible to film because I really didn’t like it. I was a bit nervous about doing that one but it wasn’t that bad. After I did it like five times, I got used to it.

Were a lot of real spiders used in the movie?
Yes. Most of them weren’t CGI actually so I had to act with the spiders and I didn’t like it.

Have you begun shooting the third “Harry Potter” movie yet?

No, not yet. We start in February. I’m in school at the moment.

Emma Watson at the LA Premiere of
“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.”
Photo ©Rebecca Murray. All Rights Reserved.

EMMA WATSON (‘Hermione’)

How did you get your big break in films?

Really by chance. Some people came to my school and said, “Is there anyone who wants to audition?” I got the audition and they kind of went on and on, and then I got the part, really.

If you had a magical power, what would it be?

I’d like to make myself invisible so that I could get in to rock concerts.

Are the “Harry Potter” films getting darker and scarier as they progress? What do you think about younger children seeing this particular movie?

It’s not necessarily getting much scarier or darker, it’s just getting more mature, I suppose. It really does depend on the kid. I took in a 5 year-old of my friend’s, and I was the one cowering in my seat. It just depends on the kid, really.

Producer David Heyman at the LA Premiere of
“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.”
Photo ©Rebecca Murray. All Rights Reserved.

DAVID HEYMAN (Producer, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”)

What attracted you to “Harry Potter?”

I read the book back in 1997 and I fell in love with it. It had been published that week and it was not the phenomenon it would become. But I read a book that was funny, with great characters and great core values – loyalty, good over evil, family, ultimately very optimistic, filled with magic, and a great sense of adventure. I thought it had it all and I fell in love with it. Now we’ve finished the second film and we’re starting on the third and I’m still as excited as I was on day one.

When I read the book, I sent it to Warner Bros., they optioned it on my behalf and here we are. They are the financiers and they’ve been fantastic about that. I’d worked with Warner Bros. for ten years before; I was very lucky. Also, I’d made a few films – very, very different types. In fact, I made a film “The Daytrippers” which had a budget of about $60,000, which is at the opposite end from “Harry Potter,” but it was every bit as challenging and every bit as wonderful. Making films of any scale have their own challenges. “Harry Potter” has its own but it’s a fantastic project.

What’s the most difficult part of producing a film?
The most difficult part of the movie business is patience and tenacity. It takes a very long time to get films made. “Harry Potter” is very much the exception. You have to survive the many goods and the many lows. I’ve enjoyed the highs of the good, but I’ve also survived the indignity and the pain of the lows. You have to carry on through that and it’s very challenging. It’s also challenging to find things you fall in love with and you want to fight for many years to get made.

How much did the CGI effects cost in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets?”
Put it this way, “The Daytrippers” cost $60,000 and I could have made many, many, many, many, many “Daytrippers” with the visual effects budget on this film.

Original article found here: | November 14th, 2002

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Rupert Grint: ‘Kill me before I kiss Hermione!’

Rupert Grint seems to love every part of being in the Harry Potter movies – apart from his character falling for Hermione.

Most fans reckon Harry’s best mates are going to get together as they get older, but Rupert isn’t so sure it’s a good idea.

He told CBBC Newsround he’s not looking forward to the Ron and Hermione storyline.

Rupert isn’t looking forward to getting friendly with Hermione

He said: “I hope it doesn’t happen. I hope Ron gets killed off before they actually do something.”

Unless you’ve been hiding under a box while the stars promote the film you’ll know Rupert’s favourite scene was the one with the slugs – , but he revealed he also wasn’t keen on filming the bits with the spiders.

He said: “I hate them – even rubber ones I get scared of.

“Luckily some of them were CGI [computer graphics]. But that big car-sized one, that was actually there unfortunately.”

And like Emma Watson he also said being a big movie star has changed the way he gets treated at school – although not from the other kids.

He said: “My friends have been great – they treat me normally. The teachers suck up, they really do. But other than it’s been fine.”

Original article found here: CBBC Newsround | November 12th, 2002

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Rupert Grint COS: Full Interview

Rupert Grint chats to Newsround

Rupert spoke to CBBC Newsround’s Lizo Mzimba about what he gets up to when he’s not busy being a film star and how he really hated filming scenes with spiders in.

How does this film compare to doing the first one?

It was a lot more fun because we were a lot more comfortable with working, I guess – because of working with Kenneth Branagh, who’s really funny, and more confident with the camera.

What was your favourite scene?

Slug scene, definitely. That was so fun because they had all these different flavours of slug slime. There was chocolate, there was lemon, there was orange, there was peppermint. All these different flavours – they made them taste really nice.

You’re scared of spiders – what was it like doing scenes with them?

I hate them – even rubber ones I get scared of. Luckily some of them were CGI [computer graphics]. But that big car-sized one, that was actually there unfortunately. So that wasn’t my favourite scene to film.

Did it help your phobia?


Rupert in Thunderpants

Rupert in Thunderpants

What’s it like now being back at school, now you’re not filming?

It was weird to start off with. My friends have been great – they treat me normally. The teachers suck up, they really do. But other than it’s been fine.

Did they deliberately give you all the funniest lines?

I think that’s just his character I think, which is good.

Did it help you doing Thunderpants in between?

Yeah – I think I needed to do another role because I was completely ‘Pottered out’ by the first one. So I think it was good I did a completely different role. The perm I wasn’t too happy with!

Do you want to do a fourth film?

I don’t know yet – I want to do most of them because I have a really good time doing them. And I want to do this when I’m older, because I really do enjoy it, it’s really fun.

Any advice for kids getting into acting?

Just do it – it’s so fun. It really is fun.

What are you looking forward to in the next movie?

Getting a new wand and getting a new owl.

Ron and Hermione
Ron and Hermione

Do you think this one’s going to get even creepier with the Dementors?

Yeah – it’s going to be good.

What kind of ordinary things do you do when you’re not being a movie star?

I go-kart, that’s quite cool. And I’ve just started playing golf actually which is a bit… frustrating. Just playing on my PlayStation.

How good are you at PlayStation?

Quite good – I haven’t completed it yet, I’ve got quite far.

In this movie we’ve got just a hint of something going on with you and Hermione? What do you think of the storyline?

I don’t know – I’m not really looking forward to doing that! But yeah… I hope it doesn’t happen. I hope Ron gets killed off before they actually do something.

Original article found here: CBBC Newsround | November 12th, 2002

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The Golden Snitch Awards: 2002

Tom, 13, got to see a preview of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Here he presents his Golden Snitch Awards.

Best adult actor: Kenneth Branagh (aka Professor Gilderoy Lockheart). He really has captured the cocky, show-off, ‘I’m best and I know I am’ personality. If you don’t believe me, you should see his winks.

Best adult actress: Julie Walters (aka Mrs Weasley). The perfect mix of a kind, molly-coddling lady and a vicious sabre-toothed tiger.

Best child actor: Rupert Grint (aka Ron Weasley). Like last year a tough decision between him and Harry, but again he wins it because of his suberb, very amusing style. Especially with the spiders.

Best child actress: Shirley Henderson (aka Moaning Mytle). A very tough decision between her and Hermione, they are both very good, but in the end Myrtle wins just because she has an amusing cry.

Best special effect: The spiders. Quite a tough choice between them and the Basilisk, but the spiders get to win partly because of their very good movement and partly because things like the Basilisk could be done back in 1993 with Jurassic Park so it’s not exactly original technology any more.

Biggest improvement from the book: Another win for the ‘Spiders in the forest’ scene. Ron’s reaction isn’t a large change from the book, but it’s definitely amusing.

Biggest improvement from the last film: The Quidditch match. Looking far less like a gladiator fight, and more like something elegant, it is definitely an improvement.

Most amusing part: This scene really is good, yes I’m talking about the ‘Spiders in the forest’ scene again. Ron’s reaction yet again wins a Golden Snitch as he is indeed hilarious here.

Most frightening part: ‘The Basilisk scene’. It’s standard mix of tension then shock is well done and is the scariest part of a film which is likely to scare young children.

Best scenery: Like last time the Great Hall wins. It is really spectacular and the clever snow effect just gives it a guaranteed win.

and finally…

The best of the two films: The Chamber of Secrets. The storyline itself meant it was probably going to be a better film and some nice additions, nice editing and the fact that they’d improved on most of the things that were wrong in The Philosopher’s Stone means that the Chamber of Secrets quite easily wins.

Original article found here: CBBC Newsround | November 11th, 2002

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Fans spellbound at Potter Premiere

By Ian Youngs
BBC News Online entertainment staff

The world première of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets took place in London on Sunday.

You do not need to watch the film to see that Harry Potter still has the magic touch.

At Sunday’s première, swarms of screaming fans – some in full Hogwarts uniforms complete with witches’ hats and broomsticks – took over Leicester Square.

It was one of the most extravagant premières ever seen, with a grandstand built opposite the cinema – complete with flying Ford Anglia car perched on top.

At the centre of attention was 13-year-old Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry and looked a bit like a rabbit caught in headlights.

With teenage girls cheering and chanting his name, he was dragged between the press and his fans, looking more than a little bewildered.

“Its amazing so many people have actually come,” he said.

“It’s completely overwhelming but it’s still great.”

Rupert Grint, who plays Harry’s best pal Ron, surprised a few fans by sporting a quiff – but was happy to go with the flow, describing everything as “cool”.

Scores of dedicated fans had come from across the UK – and beyond – arriving hours in advance to secure prime spots.

Zoe Algar and Laura Hall, both 16, from Great Yarmouth, wore witches hats and clutched a hairy toy spider during their six-hour wait.

They had come to see Radcliffe because he’s “so much like Harry Potter in the book and he’s quite cute”, Ms Algar said.

Sarah Isaacs, 21, from Cheshunt, in Hertfordshire, said she was there to see Grint – but insisted she did not have a crush on the star.

“I’m here for Rupert Grint – I’m a Weasley fan. The family is just so cute, they’re not as precocious as Harry,” she said.

Jessica Price, 12, from Iver, Buckinghamshire, was taken by her father, Tony, to see Watson.

Mr Price said: “I’m the one who introduced her to the books, so I like them as well.”

As the afternoon went on, the crowds along the crush barriers grew as tourists and passers-by joined the throng.

On several big screens, TV presenter Tania Bryer did her best to whoop the crowd into a frenzy when interviewing stars as they arrived.

That was OK when she was interviewing Radcliffe or Coltrane or Branagh – but there was a big “who?” from the young fans when Eric Idle was introduced – and Alexi Sayle seemed extremely underwhelmed.

The crowd did not even dignify Bryer’s introduction of Patsy Kensit as “a beautiful young actress” with a reaction.

But Kensit did take her son, Lennon, three, who seemed to be taking after his father, rock star Liam Gallagher, wearing a fashionable fur-lined coat.

Although the première party set was firmly B-list, there were enough Harry Potter actors from across the generations to make up for the sparsity of other big-name celebs.

Whether the fans will still be as enthusiastic after they have seen the new film remains to be seen – but for now, they are firmly under Harry’s spell.

Original article found here: BBCNews November 3rd 2002

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