Tears at last Harry Potter world premiere - VIDEO

THE actor who brought teenage wizard Harry Potter to the big screen told fans the films would be with them “for the rest of their lives”.

Thousands of people flooded into central London today to say an emotional goodbye to the hugely popular series at the world premiere of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part Two.

Red carpet: Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe at the world premiere of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire.

Red carpet: Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe at the world premiere of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire.

Stars including Emma Watson and Rupert Grint spent hours on the red carpet, which stretched from Trafalgar Square to Leicester Square, signing autographs for fans.

The night ended with author JK Rowling joining the cast and crew on a stage in the square where they addressed fans.

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Watson, who wiped away tears, made a point of thanking her co-star Grint for making her laugh while he admitted making the films had been “the best part of my life”.

Producer David Heyman said the three young stars were “still humble, still enthusiastic and still generous” even after the massive success they had enjoyed.

Rowling also wiped away tears before thanking the actors for “the amazing things they did for my favourite characters”.

Turning to the fans, she said: “Thank you for queuing up for the books for all those years, for camping out in a wet Trafalgar Square.”

She then pleaded with the fans, who were chanting ‘Thank You’ back to her, to stop, saying “No, no, I’m already crying.”

Daniel Radcliffe got one of the night’s biggest cheers when he said the stories would never end.

He told fans: “Each and every person, not just here in this square but around the world who have watched these films for the last 10 years, they will always carry the films with them for the rest of their lives”.

Fans have been arriving in London all week for the premiere with many of them camping in the square for days, often dressed as characters from the hit films.

Others waved placards reading “Potter ‘til I die”, “Harry Potter is over. See you in therapy” and “Thank you Jo for my childhood”.

Other cast members who walked up the red carpet included Robbie Coltrane, who plays Rubeus Hagrid, Tom Felton who plays Draco Malfoy and Julie Walters who plays Molly Weasley.

Jason Isaacs, who plays Lucius Malfoy, said he was not surprised by the reaction of the fans.

He said: “The books are all about death and loss and mortality so they are very emotional and they make people emotional.

“You find this wherever you go in the world. Harry Potter just seems to light up the world.”

He said the finale was a “fitting climax” to the series.

He said: “It’s hard enough to come up with a last 20 minutes to a film but to come up with a last two hours to 10 years of films is astounding but I think they have pulled it off.”

Watson told reporters she felt Radcliffe and Grint were “like my brothers” and said they were “scheming” in an attempt to work together again.

Grint said his character would “always be with me”, adding: “But it is weird to think I’m not going to be wearing all that dodgy knitwear and being with Dan and Emma on the same set. But people will have to get used to that.”

But one of the film’s new stars, Arthur Bowen, who plays Harry Potter’s son at the end of the film, held out some hope a new generation might keep the stories going.

He said: “We’ll have to ask JK Rowling to write another book. She’s going to be here tonight isn’t she? We can ask her.”

Watson told reporters she felt Radcliffe and Grint were “like my brothers” and said they were “scheming” in an attempt to work together again.

Grint said his character would “always be with me”, adding: “But it is weird to think I’m not going to be wearing all that dodgy knitwear and being with Dan and Emma on the same set. But people will have to get used to that.”

But one of the film’s new stars, Arthur Bowen, who plays Harry Potter’s son at the end of the film, held out some hope a new generation might keep the stories going.

He said: “We’ll have to ask JK Rowling to write another book. She’s going to be here tonight isn’t she? We can ask her.”