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Preliminary Details of London Premiere of Deathly Hallows Part 2

by ClaireMar 10, 2011

With just four and a half months to go until the world-wide release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, we can expect to see an increasing amount of news relating to the film as it draws ever closer. [behind the ‘read more’]

The first bit of news we have to share with you is the date and location of the London premiere, from This Is London:  

Harry Potter will premiere at Leicester Square and Trafalgar Square

Alistair Foster, Showbusiness Correspondent
Updated 12:13pm on 1 Mar 2011
In the final installment of the Harry Potter series, the young hero finally outgrows the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

So it is fitting that the movie franchise has become so popular that its film premieres have finally outgrown Leicester Square.

Warner Bros today announced that the premiere of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 will take place in Trafalgar Square as well as its regular home in Leicester Square.

It will be the first red carpet movie event held in Trafalgar Square and one of the biggest film premieres seen in the capital.

Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson will head the cast members at the premiere on July 7 – watched by the world’s assembled media and thousands of fans and competition winners.
The actors will walk the red carpet and conduct interviews in Trafalgar Square before making their way to a number of cinemas in Leicester Square to watch the film. The route has yet to be confirmed.

Warner Bros said the arrangements are intended to give the franchise a blockbuster send-off.

Josh Berger, president and managing director of Warner Bros Pictures UK, said: “We are delighted that our plans for the finale of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will take place in such a spectacular venue.

“We pride ourselves on the creativity of our premieres and the space within Trafalgar Square will lend itself to being a magical experience for both guests and fans.”

However, a new venue would have been necessary anyway because of building work in Leicester Square. Work to improve the square began in December and will last for 17 months, forcing many film companies to stage premieres elsewhere.

The O2 arena has already hosted larger events such as a screening of Justin Bieber‘s 3D documentary Never Say Never last month, and Westfield shopping centre in Shepherd’s Bush has also been used.

The final Harry Potter film features the wizard’s climactic battle with Lord Voldemort, and many scenes were shot in central London. Mayor Boris Johnson said: “As befits a great British triumph, I can think of no better venue than the iconic surroundings of Trafalgar Square in which to stage the most spectacular of send-offs for this dramatic finale.”

For those of you wondering how Dan will fit in a premiere performance with his H2$ committments – tickets are not on sale for July 7th and 8th, so it looks like Dan will be hopping onto a plane following the Wednesday evening performance, attending the premiere on the Thursday, and flying back to NY on Friday, ready for performances that weekend.

Please keep in mind the fact that this information is, as of yet, not confirmed by Warner Brothers; as such, those of you making plans to travel in from out of the UK should wait for the official word to make travel arrangements.

As of yet, there is no news regarding the US premiere(s).

ETA: The Official Harry Potter (UK) Facebook page has confirmed the news.

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