Grint Overwhelmed By Fan Support At Potter World Premiere

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July 7, 2011 | 6:00pm EST

Rupert Grint was left floored by the fan turn-out at the world premiere of the final Harry Potter movie in London on Thursday, confessing the adoration for him and his castmates was almost too much to take.
Grint joined Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson among other Potter regulars for the Trafalgar Square take-over and admitted that even he couldn’t have envisaged thousands of fans cramming into the center of London.

He says, “I can’t believe it, it just doesn’t seem real. It’s been a very kind of emotional week, really. It’s been hard for me to come to terms… that this is over.

“I just want to thank everyone over the years for their support. These people are what it’s all about… It’s gonna be hard to not have this anymore.”

Fans camped out for days before the premiere to make sure they landed a prime vantage point for the big screening.

Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, called the huge premiere “a fitting event”.

He flew in from New York, where he is currently starring in Broadway’s How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, for the premiere.

He says, “It’s the last one, there is a bit of sadness, but generally speaking, it’s a day to be elated.”

And he’s convinced fans will really enjoy the final film: “I cannot emphasise enough how far ahead this film is from any of the others. It’s amazing. I am so proud of this film and the way we have gone out in this film. We could just not have made a better version of this film. It’s staggeringly good and I’m a harsh critic of these films. I think people are gonna go crazy for it.”

Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2 is the eighth and final film in the Potter franchise.