Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Prisoner of Azkaban - Party wrap report!!

Im posting the best of our exclusive party report first and very soon ill add more news, pictures and ALL the questions you wanted asking!

If you would like to use this (or any of our other set reports) - your more than welcome, thats why we do it - just ask first eh! - please.

Well what a night! - It was a very cold and (typically UK) wet night, but hey, we were going to The Prisoner of Azkaban party so who cared!. Driving up there was great, the excitement, the talk about who we wanted to meet, who we wanted to see. As we went towards the main entrance it was exactly as the oscar ceremony would be, flood lights all in the sky, waving in the dark night, we had all our heads out of the windows as we drove up the runway!

Warner Bros had without doubt put on a fantastic show, there was a huge bonfire leading up to the main area, the marques were massive with the 2 night buses lit up brilliant with different coloured lights, with a stage in the middle, mainly being used by an absolutely awesome Mexican band, now I could be wrong but for any of you over 18's out there - remember the band in From Dusk till Dawn ? I'm certain it was them, if it wasn't they sounded exactly the same with the same style. All we know is that they were brought over for the one and only Alfonso.

Now I have been one of his biggest critics from the things ive seen and read but I have to say, this is a remarkable guy, he came to make a film and he has done just that, im sure we all feel like we could do better or wish we could do things differently but all the best people have their critics do they not?. The film is being seen by nearly all inside as the best so far, so I think we can all just look forward to it now, honestly, the vibe is great! - definitely darker, moodier and more grown up were the best comments.

One of his favourite scenes was filming the Aunt Marge scenes.

Alfonso Cuaron, with his wife and Daughter, remarking to me that when he started out making this film he was on his own, now he his married to a lovely wife and has a baby girl - what a year he said and very proud he was of his daughter, my children heard that his wife is in the Prisoner of Azkaban? - anybody know?

We couldn't go onto the buses but there were lots of pictures taken by most visitors as the scene was brilliant, we were rubbing shoulders with everyone, no according to class, One of the biggest suprises was the presence of Mr Button, the head and chief of Warner Bros. who was great, remarking to my son as he signed his book and the back of their Quidditch robes how he loved the films and how lovely the book my son had (Prisoner 1st edition) and how he was doing a good job of looking after it. No matter who you were you were treated the same ,even the biggest stars! YES they had to q for their drinks too!

And use the same portable loos too - he,he.

We never saw Robbie Coltrane, dont know even if he was there, no one said, unfortunately there was no Tom Felton, although i read on another site he was, well we didnt see him or Sir Michael Gambon first of all, otherwise we would of got their pictures and signatures.

Ok, now Daniel, what a guy, it doesn't matter how many fans he has around him, he takes time to sign everybodies things, we met him very briefly on location, but this time had a chance to chat, he had a posse of girls around him when we caught up with him, signing away in the pouring rain outside, but as happy as ever. We put up an umberella and chatted for a while, we asked a few things, which ill post asap. This was billed as a end of filming party, but Daniel and a few others are still filming up to Christmas, this doesn't affect the release date of the film, don't worry, but just extra bits I guess.

We were NOT allowed to take any pictures of Daniel because of his contract I belive, but he did sign everything and is just as nice as you all imagine, he seemed to be having a great time.

There must of been at least 2 thousand people there, many didnt get to go because ALL the security bands had long gone and if you didn't have you would not get in! no matter who you were apparently. The fireworks didnt go according to plan at first, after a few minutes i think the dampness of the constant rain for 3 days got to them and a silence grew on the runway, but then with the pounding of firestarter by the prodigy made everyone forget the rain, hundreds and hundreds of fireworks into the night air, not even the rain could dampen the moral of the cast or crew and all that waited, the rain didnt even touch their faces, in a way, that disapeared in thier eyes as the music took over, for over 20 or so minutes the fireworks were constant, and we all stood there, side by side with Emma, Rupert, Daniel and all the others jumping up and down to the music, brilliant show. The force of the music and fireworks went right through the bodies of us all, it kept our faces in the sky, couldnt believe our eye as more and more bursted into the sky, we all applauded when it finally finished, Warner Bros. really pushed the boat out and not a negative ego feeling insight.

Well apart from Daniel, without doubt one of the nicest guys you could ever meet is Jamie Waylett, just so happy to chat and take some time out for you, it was nice for my sons that he remembered them from filming on location and stood for pictures with them, well actually EVERYONE that has anything to do with the films are ALL are like that, I hope you all get a chance to meet these guys at some time. Rupert, Jamie and Devon they were excellent and never let any of their fans down who followed them all night patiently, to get a glimpse a picture or signature, we watched the fans all leaving with big grins happy to have met there idols, they took ages in signing books, scraps of paper etc, to please all and never, never complained once

The same respect must go to all the casts parents who stood very proud as they watched their sons and daughters making all the visitors very welcome knowing they have such a good following of people who admire them

None complained, even when security intervined just to make sure they were ok, Rupert sent them away!! the guards that is! - just commenting that everything was great.

Ha! - Lenny Henry, who tried to come in disguised in a very red and black jump suit, but who could miss a tall guy with those distinguished features walking past you, he took time to talk to a couple of people before joining his friends and his wife (Dawn French) the Fat Lady in the portrait, (didnt see her though) but you can see he likes to keep himself to himself.

At the entrance they gave the children (though the adults were scrambling for them), neon lights to wear around the necks, a blaze of blues yellows, greens shone around peoples necks

There were lots of top magicians displaying their own kind of magic, that kept all hypnotised watching them with their illusions!

One lady, her body was one huge neon light, even her mouth, teeth, were alight in neon red! mmm..., my children took loads of pictures of the magicians, bless them, I guess when your stood next to your idol and they have their arm around you there is no need to take their picture!.

There was a magician who easily danced with very, very heavy crystal balls, that flowed up and down his arms, they really looked like the balls were floating he was so good, there were tumblers, jugglers a truly spectacular show.

I'll end at the moment with Emma Watson & Bonnie Wright, what truly lovely girls, i'd never met them before, they were with all their friends and although not asked they each individually came over, chatted and signed some items, taking the time to make everyone happy before re-joining the party, made the childrens evening.

We'll get some more posted very soon and yes, lots more cool pictures and all the direct questions you sent us to ask !

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