DR.com’s Exclusive New York Premiere Photos
I am hearing you all say that you want to see more new photos of Dan (and fellow Potter cast mates, and assorted random celebrities), so here at last are my DR.com red carpet exclusive photos from New York. Along with Dan, Rupert and Emma, you will find a couple of lovely photos of Alan Rickman (I am quite proud of those), of Potter new comer Freddie Stroma, Michael Gambon, Bonnie Wright, David Barron, David Yates, David Heyman, Steve Kloves, Tom Felton, Warwick Davis, actors Kelsey Grammer and Denis Leary, and singer Ashanti. I also included a small report for you to enjoy. Stay tuned for some video and audio clips, coming your way soon!
The weather in New York was perfect on premiere day: mild and clear and great for the many enthusiastic fans who were lined up behind barricades along the street, some of them since the previous evening. A few creative fans were even standing on the second and third floors inside the neighboring Hilton Hotel, affording them a bird’s eye-view of the happenings down below. While cameramen egged on the masses, a representative from Warner Bros. threw Half-Blood Prince Posters into the crowd, much to the delight of some lucky recipients!
For some strange reason, Jenna and I were assigned spots in the ‘television’ section of the press pit. Because of this, and much to my delight, I found myself standing next to some fellow Canadians, including Taylor from Cineplex Canada and the charming Mose Persico from CTV‘s Entertainment Spotlight and CJAD radio in Montreal. We were also grouped with a reporter and a cameraman from BBC News, and were instructed that all celebrity interviews would be conducted in little groups rather than one on one.
Dan was one of the first to arrive on the carpet, elegant, fun and energetic as always. Tom Felton and Freddie Stroma were both chatty and eager to please; Rupert Grint was his usual mellow and laid back self, while Emma Watson and Bonnie Wright were beautiful and poised. Producers David Heyman and David Barron, as well as director David Yates and writer Steve Kloves were gracious and pleasant to all. Not everybody stopped to talk to the media, preferring to simply walk the carpet and soak in the atmosphere, which was quite alright as everyone was on a rather tight schedule.
I had the privilege of attending a press screening of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince the previous evening, while Jenna was attending the post-red carpet screening right after the premiere, so we parted ways as soon as the last celebrity entered the theatre. I headed back to Montreal that same evening, filled with the usual ‘after premiere glow’… Most likely a residual effect from basking in Dan’s aura at close range for the few short moments allotted to us before the man of the hour (to us, anyway!) was whisked off towards the next group of reporters eagerly waiting to speak to him.