A Magical Experience with Harry Potter
Do you know the feeling when a dream comes true? It’s a fantastic feeling! It was like that for me on Thursday evening because I was lucky enough to report at the “Red Carpet” for the premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince! I also got the feeling of a job well done, once I calmed down, transcribed my interviews, and wrote my story. Let me tell you about it.
All last year in my fifth grade class my teacher taught us about the Harry Potter books. We read them in novel study class and examined the characters in depth. Our classroom was set up like Hogwarts. I fell in love with the books and the world of Harry Potter.
So, to be at this premiere was extra special for me. My family and I drove into the city, about a 45 minute ride, and when we saw all the people behind the barriers waiting for the stars to arrive my excitement grew! But I had to remember, reporter first, fan second.
I checked in at the media station where I met up with Scholastic editor Tyler Reed. Tyler and I then found the marker along the red carpet that read “ SCHOLASTIC.” That was my place to stand and interview the actors. Each member of the media was assigned a location along the carpet. Next to me, I made friends with a reporter from Seventeen magazine and on the other side was AMC. I spotted reporters I’ve seen on TV. It was amazing to be there. I learned a lot just watching them at work.
Tyler was so fantastic to work with and I hope I can work with him again sometime. We went over the questions I had prepared and took in the whole scene looking for details for my story.
I wanted to see, hear, and even smell everything around me; I wanted to remember everything about this night, not just for me, but for my story. There was a lot to take in. The images of the new movie were on huge posters that lined the red carpet. Just seeing the red carpet, which was freshly vacuumed and ready for entertainment royalty was thrilling. I couldn’t help but put one foot on it, just for a minute.
I studied how the news crews set up and filmed their introductions: “I’m so and so here at the Premiere of the Harry Potter Movie, Half Blood Prince....” They filmed the introduction over and over until they got one they liked. I saw other reporters going over their questions too. That was comforting to me—I wasn’t the only nervous one!
The fans lining the street wore Harry Potter costumes and held up signs like “Marry Me, Harry”! I knew things were beginning to roll when Daniel Radcliffe’s car stopped and let him out. The yelling and screaming was so loud. He walked along and signed autographs and talked with the fans. Then other cars pulled up and were also greeted with loud cheers and screaming. I think my heart started to thump a little harder and faster!
Tom Felton, who plays Malfoy, ran down the street with his arms out like he was flying and he probably felt like he was. The crowd went wild!
For the first time in my so-far short career, I got to use a real reporter’s microphone. I was loving the whole thing. I interviewed stars like David Yates the director (my future job I hope), and David Heyman the producer, and cast members Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Tom Felton, Warwick Davis, and Freddie Stroma. Yes, I am still pinching myself!
I was so excited and must admit nervous too. Before I got to ask my two questions to Daniel Radcliffe, I told him it was an honor to interview him because I LOVE the Harry Potter series and LOVE the movies and I think he is an amazing actor. He was so polite and nice and he said, “Wait till you read all of them, they get more and more exciting, and the movies too!” (I’ve only read two. I have a lot to look forward to!)
Every reporter there wanted his attention, which they tried to get by shouting at him. He told them nicely to hold on and then he re-focused on me and let me ask him the two questions I’d prepared. It was really great! (I’m also glad I told him in advance I had two questions.)
Even though I was excited and a fan; I had to get my job done and get in the questions I wanted to ask for Scholastic. So, I moved from fan to reporter and did my job. Then when we walked away, I let go just a little and soaked it all in. I talked to Daniel Radcliffe!
But then it was back to work. Other stars were coming down the red carpet and I had to be ready.
Seeing and speaking with some of my most favorite actors when they are not playing the character I know them for was really interesting. They still seemed like Harry, Hermione, and Ron to me! I think because they make those characters so real.
After everyone walked the red carpet and that part of the excitement was over I talked to Tyler about how this was the most FANTASTIC day of my life! He laughed and said he thought it went really, really well and was happy I had such a great time.
Then I found my friends who came up with me and we all went out to a restaurant around the corner for dinner and ice cream. My friend and I talked about how amazing it was to be there. We got home about 10:30 that night. My story was already reeling in my head and I had a hard time getting to sleep. My copy was due the next day and there was a lot to write about. Check it out here!