Fan Report from Greece Premiere of Half-Blood Prince with Tom Felton and Evanna Lynch

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Aug 31, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

As a follow to the earlier report last week of the premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in Greece featuring a guest appearance from Tom Felton (Draco) and Evanna Lynch (Luna), we now have a first hand report from the scene. TLC reader Mr. Brightside was at the event in Greece, and sent us these photos (more here) as well as the report below. You can also see additional photos and videos of Tom and Evanna at this event here, here, and here courtesy of Feltbeats.com. Enjoy! Thanks so much Mr. Brightside!

“So, the event was supposed to start at 6 a.m. I arrived with my friends
at around 4:30 and the place was already filled with fans. Around
nearly one hundred people were gathered around the area were the event
took place. There were props from the movie, two bookcases with books,
a desk and chairs were Tom and Evanna would sit as wel as a Hedwig
replica along with a bird cage. There was also Harry Potter decoration
around the cinema with big posters and character cut outs. All the
stuff at the cinema was wearing black t-shirts with a silver Half blood
prince logo on them.

Surprisingly
many people came at the event dressed up in wizard costumes (it is
quite unusual in Greece so i was very excited to see more fans) which
looked exactly the same from the movies, carrying wands and wearing
hats or wearing HP merchandise such as Slytherin ties and t-shirts.
Actually there were many people wearing Voldemort and Slytherin
merchandise. Of particular mention though is a little blond boy who
drew all the attention on him as he was dressed up in black clothes
wearing a black scarf and round potterish glasses having the scar on
his head. He looked like a combination of Malfoy and Harry.
Unfortunately i couldn’t get any pictures of him.

While
we were waiting, several press photographers and cameramen from Greek
channels appeared and the crowd was getting bigger and bigger.
According to reports more than 3.000 people filled the mall. As the
time was getting closer and closer we all turned towards the entrance
from were the two actors would come. Around at six o’clock people
started screaming and shouting and we all though that they were finally
there but it was one of the many false alarms that followed. The time
was passing and we were getting tired due to the heat, standing almost
still and the pushing among the crowd. It was 6:30 when many people
started cursing and leaving frustrated at the actors who were late
(although many of them had no idea who would appear as they seemed to
think that the trio would be there so as soon as they found out that
“Malfoy” was there they were leaving disappointed). We had to wait
twenty more seconds when at 6:55 the actors finally came and we all
went crazy.

Unfortunately
we had to wait for ten to fifteen minutes till the meet and greet
session begun as Tom and evanna had to give interview to several
channels. More angry people left the event but the true fans waited
patient including myself :P

When they were done, the autograph
event begun. We had to queue and wait our turn as Evanna and Tom were
signing autographs. There was a professional photographer that was
taking a picture for each fan with Felton and Evanna that as we assumed
they would give each of the them after the event. It was quite quick
actually since fans couldn’t stay more than a few minutes with them.
The process was much like, greet them, probably say a few words, take a
picture and go. A few people tried to have their books signed but most
of them were unlucky since the organizers would not let them. A young
woman tried to unfold her enormous Marauders map (where did she found
it?) for Tom and Evanna to sign it but she was kinda kicked out
immediately. It seemed as they were trying to sign as many cards as
possible. Funny moment: a young woman tried to kiss Tom on the cheek,
when he turned towards her and they almost kissed. Tom surprised turned
his face the last moment.

But the crowd
was quite wild and everything was a mess. Some people were constantly
pushing those in front of them to move forward while the security
guards kept pushing everyone back. So the two lines that were formed
couldn’t make any progress and we were stuck at the same place for ten
to fifteen minutes. According to the host that was there, Evanna and
Tom were frightened by the crowd and if the pushing wouldn’t stop the
actors would leave. After only thirty to forty minutes and a lot of
pushing, screaming and yelling both Tom and Evanna got up and left
without even thanking the crowd for being there or saying goodbye. The
host though informed us they had a surprise for us.

Needless
to say that the crowd went nuts and booed them for leaving (they were
supposed to stay for another hour and boy, they had more than enough
cards to sign), while several other people started cursing them and
doing some not very nice Greek gestures towards them. On my behalf i
was rather dissapointed and frustrated as well as my company, since we
were tired waiting for them so long and we really wanted to meet them.
Especially if we consider that most of those who attended the event
(including me) came from distant locations of Athens.

In an
attempt to calm the fans, the security guards distributed the
remaining unsigned cards to the crowd. When that was done, since we had
nothing to do we did what everyone else was doing. I have never seen
people queuing to take pictures with character cut outs. It was crazy
but very funny. Everyone was running around like kids taking pictures
with Hermione, Ron, and the rest of the cut outs. Funny enough there
was not Snape cut out or poster.

Finally when, the loudspeaker
voice informed us that the screening room was ready, everyone started
clapping and screaming. In the screening room there were cameras set
up. After a few minutes, Felton and Evanna entered the room while
everyone in, was clapping and screaming out of excitement (we though
that they would watch the movie with us). They gave a small interview,
which was rather funny and akward for the audience because of the
interviewer’s mistakes (he called Luna “Roula’ which is a Greek name
and we were all laughing and then he asked the audience if we think
that Tom’s blond hair is real or not. Of course we all screamed no, but
he though we were saying yes, because the Greek word for yes sounds
like the English no, and then we screamed even louder but i guess he
was deaf). After a few questions, both Evanna and Tom thanked us (Tom
in Greek) and left the theater.

To
sum up, although like many others i did not get an autograph and met
them, it was a very nice experience and both of them as everyone
stated, were very nice and friendly with everyone and hopefully we’ll
see them again, it was amazing to have them here. On the movie
part, everyone seemed to love the film and every time Rupert appeared
on the screen everyone was laughing hysterically.”





53 Responses to Fan Report from Greece Premiere of Half-Blood Prince with Tom Felton and Evanna Lynch

Avatar Imagealpaca-girl says: love Evanna!!!!! :o)Avatar ImageGarden State Geek says: Sounds like an ordeal for fans and actors alike. Avatar ImageMoose_Starr says: Wow ... it sounds like an action packed adventure (I mean the event not the movie) Thanks for sharing :)Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: How rude!Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: What an elaborate set report! Thanks for submitting it. However, I wish none of the parties involved in the premiere had to experience that kind of ordeal.Avatar ImageDiamondWings says: So cool!!!Avatar Imagehplove4life says: TOM FELTON IS SO HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar ImageHBPFan says: I think the reason for all the fuss at the premiere was because greek fans are not schooled in how to behave in situations like this.. By this I mean that they're not used to these sort of events,(sth like this just doesn't happen in Greece!), they weren't "equipped" with the right amount of patience, and it appears the people organising this whole thing hadn't anticipated how things could go wrong. So they couldn't prevent what happened..if there had been better crowd control, they could've worked to keep the peace and all the fans happy.. But better luck next time! As for the interviewer who made those silly mistakes, 'm not going to try and make up an excuse for him...he should've known better..!! Avatar ImageTheGriff says: wow i would have been exhausted before even watching the film. It sounded fun but also pretty hectic and full on.Avatar ImageTheGriff says: I can't believe people left when they found out it wasnt the trio arriving...I'd do anything to meet Evanna and Tom, lucky people.Avatar ImageForever Weasleys says: Same here, I would stay to meet someone if they were just like a little character. Geese why would you go all that way and then decide to go home just cause it wasn't the trio. I wish I could go to any of those huge premieres even if it was in like some random country that no one knows about. (but they somehow managed to have a movie premiere there) It would be awesome to meet any of the actors. Avatar ImageMatea says: haha.funny event.so cool.I wish someone would come in Croatia :(Avatar Imagex_Potter_Lover_Forever_x says: Sounds like an ordeal! But sorta fun nevertheless!! XD Thanks for submitting. :)Avatar ImageKimberlyZ says: the pictures must have been hard to get amongst that crowd. thanks! Avatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: cool! evanna and tom are awesome!Avatar ImageMr. Brightside says: @ HBPFan: It is quite true actually, we're not very used to that kind of events. It was a bit like animals that escaped from the zoo situation XD I guess it was a bit of an adventure but who wouldn't want to experience something like this?Avatar ImageSproutMdme says: It's interesting how different countries and cultures handle an event like this.Avatar Imagecosmo409 says: A very interesting read! I love Evanna and she looked lovely!Avatar Imageharryplusrachel says: evanna is gorgeous in that blue-tinged picture. :)Avatar ImageLulubelleI says: sweetAvatar ImageHBPFan says: @Mr.Brightside: I know! I would've loved to have had the chance to go to the premiere and see the actors regardless of who they were, cheer them on, and possibly congradulate them on their excellent work (if I managed to get that close to them!), since they actually bothered to come! But as I said, better luck next time..I strongly believe that the younger generation in Greece learns fast, and they'll learn what to expect next time round..and so will the organisers..hopefully it won't be that traumatic for all parties concerned haha!! And, lets face it..it takes Greece a few times to get sth right doesn't it? Few more events and hopefully things will be easier and more fun to attend. Practice makes perfect!! :)Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: sounds a bit chaotic :SAvatar Imagemjkalldaway says: they're two of my favorite actors in the films Avatar Imageccking says: loooove evanna's dress!!Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: Sounds like a crazy but fun time! :)Avatar ImageBlatcher914 says: Well that sounded chaotic, but I'm sure it was absolutly wonderful just to see our two favorite blondes together.Avatar ImageRowling Stones says: TOM FELTON IS SUPER HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar ImageNot Slytherin says: Wow -- thanks for the detailed report and photos. Glad you hung in there, but sorry you didn't get an autograph. I guess the organizers didn't have a good strategy for crowd control -- pity.Avatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: funny Avatar Imagelily hornblower says: This is a very accurate and honest description of the event.Greek fans can be a little "violent" but in defence ,I must say that many people came that weren't fans at all.The Greek Media were advertising the event saying that the "top stars of the movie"will greet the fans,not mentioning Tom or Evanna's names.So ,many people came under the impression that they were going to see the trio.Moreover the platform of the Mall (where the event was hosted) is very small ,not able to hold 50 people standing!Anyway ,I'm not trying to defend anyone for their actions but we are unorganised most of the times ,this kind of incidents aren't stange for us.I just hope that ,if there's a next time,things will be better prepared... Avatar ImageAsta says: wow! but that is a bit rude...Avatar ImageAsta says: wow! but that is a bit rude...Avatar ImageAsta says: Funny!Avatar ImageAsta says: Funny!Avatar ImageAsta says: wow! but that is a bit rude...Avatar Imagemoglet says: Mr Brightside thank you for such a detailed report. It sounds like the organisers were entirely responsible for the problems and I think it was probably a bit scary for Tom and Evanna so they just got whisked away quickly, not really getting a chance to say thank you to the fans. I'm glad they made up for it by thanking people later at the screening.Avatar Imagevicky granger says: Wow ! Thanks for that report, it's really interesting to see how things ca go wrong... But it still sounds as if it wasn't too bad =)Avatar Imagemaimiaa says: awesome! <3 evanna and tom :]Avatar ImageFifi says: Thank you Mr.Brightside for such a nice report. I just wish the fans there would have behaved a bit better.Avatar ImageHermioneRon4ever says: That would be awesome anyways! I went to see him in Toronto but didn't get to actually go up either, it was fun though :) I have some pictures here : www.tomfeltonmandg.piczo.comAvatar ImageHGROSS44 says: I feel sorry for all involved as it seems to have become a huge problem from the getgo. Some thing should be done to patch up the mess.Avatar Imagewandmastercalum says: Damn I feel sorry for some of the people there. It sounds like bad organising.Avatar Imagehalfbloodprincesss says: no offense to rupert, dan, or emma but i would have rather had evanna and tom =)Avatar ImageHeartbreakDX says: AWESOME! SWEET! AHHH!Avatar Imagensa says: tom and evanna looks good together. and also very cool.Avatar ImageMikaMaxwell says: What a great report! I'm sure it would have been very disappointing not to meet either of the actors that everyone had been waiting so long and uncomfortably for, but if I had been in the stars' place, I would have left as well! It sounded like absolute chaos in there! The taking of pictures next to the cutouts is hilarious and reminded me that my sister and I still haven't taken pictures in our Hogwarts robes with the cutout of Professor Snape I have in my home...Avatar ImageSlytherin Princess101 says: Things like that (Actors coming to Greece for a premiere) don't happen often. Infact its the first time any of the HP cast came in Greece and it was only natural that the fans would go carzy (me included) but as usual they underestimated us and the morons that organised the whole thing were not prepared for such a large crowd (like there was a chance it would be smaller...). Nothing ever happens in Greece considering HP (no fandoms no Wrock conserts, no nothing) so it was only natural that we (the fans) try to make the best out of the one time someone actualy remembered us. We are not known for our patience and the kind of behaviour you read about is a very common thing here, one minute we love someone and the next we hate them for doing something we don't like, thats how we function. I hope someone remembers us in one of the two DH premiers as well, it will be nice to have some more HP action here!!Avatar ImageJane_Potter says: Evanna and Tom are awsome. I'm from Greece but I couldn't go. :( :( :(Avatar Imageccking says: evanna looks so good!!! :DAvatar Imageccking says: evanna looks so good!!! :DAvatar Imageccking says: evanna looks so good!!! :DAvatar Imageccking says: evanna looks so good!!! :DAvatar Imageccking says: evanna looks so good!!! :D

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