Break out the tissue boxes because this week’s MuggleNet Throwback is going to get a bit emotional as we flash back three short years ago to 2011. J.K. Rowling, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson were on hand at the World Premiere of Deathly Hallows, Part 2 in London and they had some very heartfelt, touching words to share with the hundreds of fans in attendance.
Our magical trio of actors and favorite author kept their speeches uplifting despite the sadness of saying goodbye. Radcliffe kicked it off by immediately reassuring fans that this would not be the end of Harry Potter, not by a long shot:
Each and every person, not only in this square, but also watching around the world who will see this film and who have followed these films over the last ten years will carry this story with them through the rest of their lives and it will affect what they do.”
Waston continued off Radcliffe’s comments by reassuring him of what a “perfect Harry” he was. She also praised Steve Kloves for giving Hermione “the voice that I so hoped she would have” just before breaking down while thanking Rowling for writing such amazing books. You know those tissues we told you about? Yeah, you’ll probably need them right about here!
And of course, Grint capped off the Trio’s speeches with a few laughs at how pleased he is over what Rowling has done for “ginger people” before echoing his co-stars’s sentiments. But it’s Rowling’s words that really bring the emotion of the moment to a dramatic close when she states the words that have now been repeated like a mantra by Harry Potter fans around the world ever since:
The stories we love best do live in us forever. So whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”
Watch the full video and let us know, after such a tremendous round of speeches and applause, which Harry Potter alum gave your favorite quote from the premiere?