Movie Premiers are interesting things. When I was in London in 2004 my friends and I came across the premier for “Big Fish“. The street had been blocked off and there was a red carpet for the actors to walk down, while the fans stood outside the “gates” (which were about chest-height). There were circus performers, which was really cool. My friends and I had theatre tickets so we had to leave before Ewan McGregor arrived (*sigh*).
It was a very different experience from the Harry Potter 6 premier.
Of course, Harry Potter has a much bigger fandom than Big Fish. The people I met were really nice, but there were some super-fans in other areas of the crowd. Point in case, when Tom Felton came over to say “hi” to the fans, some people tried to grab him and in pulling away he almost got hit by a truck (because the streets weren’t blocked off). After that his security whisked him away post-haste.
So, yeah, maybe they had a point in caging the fans and letting the actors roam free. Still, it would have been smart to block the street off and not let normal traffic drive through.
I didn’t take many pics of the event (I wasn’t in the best spot), but I did get some nice ones and some blurry ones. So here are some of my “better” shots.
Quite the experience indeed.