Five years ago, back in 2011, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part2" was the largest premiere London has ever had. And yet for some reason, I assumed that the premiere for the 9th story, as a play, would be a small affair. Especially since the play itself has been showing for over a month, and even the official website for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child cautioned that "Please note that the cast will not be appearing front of house (typical of a film premiere) as they will be preparing to begin the show.".
In other words, a theatre premiere doesn't feature the stars of a production, just their guests. But what kind of guests would a Harry Potter Theatre premiere bring? Here's how it went down:
It seems fairly immediately evident that with JK Rowling on the red carpet, there's little to no chance my admittedly fantastic equipment will be able to shoot through the dense black weave being used as barrier plastic for this event. It is therefore fortunate that I also possess a mighty GoPro Hero3+ for precisely such an eventuality.
So... that was that. Worth it? Hard to say. It's always faintly embarrassing to be stranded outside a premiere, but this one was weird (for one thing : I still don't know if there was a second premiere later that day for the second part of the play. Wouldn't everyone with a ticket to both parts have to re-enter the theatre?)..... although I'm glad I made the time and it was kind of cool to photograph the setup outside the event.
Next week, it's back to regular movie premieres but I guess I'll put this into The Archive of Movie Premieres next to its predecessors, Harry Potter and the Halfblood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part2.
Until next time!
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