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Harry Potter stars wave a tearful goodbye

8th July 2011

The stars of the Harry Potter films were in tears last night at the premiere of the final film in the record-breaking franchise, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

Emma Watson, who plays Hermione Granger in the films, wiped away tears in Trafalgar Square and revealed how it has been difficult saying goodbye to her character after a decade.

Rupert Grint, who portrays Harry's best friend, Ron Weasley, said he feels 'empty' now the franchise has ended, telling the Daily Telegraph: 'Harry Potter has taken up half my life. I loved every minute of it and I'm really going to miss it.'

Daniel Radcliffe, who shot to superstardom as the eponymous wizard and is now one of the richest young people in the world, said he hopes another series will come along to 'fill the gap' left by Harry Potter.

David Yates, who has directed the last four films in the franchise, said it has been an 'honour' to work with the young stars, as well as established big screen actors such as Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith and Ralph Fiennes.

J. K. Rowling also attended the premiere, paying tribute to the millions of fans who have read the books and followed the on-screen adventures of her famous creations.

'Thank you for queuing up for the books for all those years [and] for camping out in a wet Trafalgar Square,' she said. 

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