Many Stories from the ‘Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince’ Premiere
When is a movie premiere not just a movie premiere? When one of the stars had swine flu, another a wardrobe malfunction, another passed away, and it’s all held in the pouring rain.
“Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince” premiered in London’s Leicester Square Tuesday night amiss a torrential downpour and several of the stars, such as Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint, who play Harry Potter and Ron Weasley, got drenched on the red carpet. It didn’t matter. Thousands of fans showed up to cheer on the actors. (CNN described the weather as “Biblical.”)
The weather was probably a bit ironic to Grint most of all because he’s been in the middle of a media downpour this past week. It came out that he was diagnosed with swine flu but was feeling much better. “Swine flu is nothing really, I found out,” he told the BBC.
Another piece of the puzzle on Tuesday was the “wardrobe malfunction” of young star Emma Watson, as reported by UK’s The Mirror. Watson’s vintage Ossie Clark dress was sliding away from her leg regularly and revealing an almost inappropriate amount of leg.
And finally, many of the stars wore white ribbons in memory of Rob Knox, the actor who played Ravenclaw student Marcus Belby in the film. He died in a bar fight last year. “”Rob would have loved to be here tonight and it’s just a shame that he’s not,” Jessie Cave, who plays Lavender Brown, told the BBC.
“Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince” opens in the United States on July 15 with select IMAX theaters showing the film in IMAX 3D. A wider IMAX opening will be July 29.