Videography and editing by Kelli Plasket, TIME For Kids
There were no wands. No magic spells were cast. But going to the New York City premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 was truly a magical experience. I was separated from the Harry Potter stars only by a red velvet rope! I spoke to Daniel Radcliffe (Harry), Emma Watson (Hermione), Rupert Grint (Ron) and Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), among other stars and producers of the film. It was this Muggle's dream come true.
Chatting with the Cast
I and many other kids have grown up with Harry Potter. I've read the books by author J.K. Rowling over and over. I've seen the movies too. When I met the actors, it was difficult not to think of them as their characters. Radcliffe is Harry to me. Felton is Draco, Harry's enemy. In reality, Radcliffe's and Felton's relationship is friendly. "We're mates," says Felton.
When Radcliffe arrived, the fans screamed and waved posters. One poster said, "Potter can't be done." But after chatting with the actors, I learned that they have already moved on. "It's a bit sad," Radcliffe told me. "On the other hand, 10 years is a bit long to spend with one character. But it's certainly very sad on some counts."
The End Is Near
The final book is broken up into two films. Part 1 includes intense battles as Harry races against the evil Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) to find the Horcruxes. For those of you who are not Potter fans, the Horcruxes are the seven pieces of Voldemort's soul. They give him immortality as long as they are not destroyed.
Meanwhile, Voldemort searches for the Elder Wand, which he believes will give him the power to defeat Harry once and for all. Fear not, fellow Harry Potter fans. There is more magic to come. The final film, Deathly Hallows Part 2, arrives next July.
For more from the stars and producers of Deathly Hallows, watch the video of my red carpet interviews, above.
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