Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Potter fans forced to sleep in the street

Die-hard Harry Potter fans, who have started camping out in London’s Trafalgar Square a full three days before the world premiere, were shocked to discover they would no longer be allowed pitch tents.

Speaking to Yahoo! Movies Potter fan Hannah from Bournemouth, who has been at ‘Camp Potter’ since Monday, explained how although they were initially allowed tents, they have now been told they can’t use them. With no cover from the elements it seems the unofficial attendees will have to sleep on the streets.

“I’m really tired and we are going to have to just cope with our sleeping bags and it’s supposed to rain tonight so it’s going to get wet,” she explained.

“Last night it was fine, but tonight I’m not sure”.

The enthusiastic film fanatics began their long wait on Monday for the 7 July event and seemed only too happy to spend three nights sleeping rough in order to catch a glimpse of the stars. Top of the fans’ signature list is JK Rowling, the woman behind the popular books.

Hannah then went on to speak of how diverse the (un)happy campers were, explaining “there are people from all over the world here”. 

“When we first arrived there weren’t that many British people here, but there were fans from Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Singapore, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Austria and the Netherlands. Literally from everywhere, it’s just so international. It’s crazy”.

It seems that the Potter devotees will have a good chance, as the red carpet will apparently be set up as a 10-minute walk through the film’s famous Diagon Alley. 
But even with such vast perimeter mileage, those that want to get a good look at the colossal carpet will have to pitch up early as it is a hugely anticipated event. 

With a tiny number of tout tickets going on sale for up to £800 on some websites, it shows just how prestigious this week’s premiere will be.

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2’ is due to be released in the UK on 15 July and will bring the epic eight-part series based on JK Rowling’s hugely popular books to an end.

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