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Fans brave rain for Potter stars
Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel Radcliffe got a thunderous reception

Hundreds of Harry Potter fans crammed into London's Leicester Square in torrential rain for the European premiere of the fifth film.

The film's star Daniel Radcliffe arrived clutching an umbrella as fans' chants of "Harry, Harry, Harry" drowned out the sound of thunder.

He was joined by author JK Rowling, who said that it was "fantastic" to see the crowds of fans.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix opens in the UK on 12 July.

Rowling spoke of finishing the final book in the series, which is published on 21 July.

Harry Potter fans
Some fans had camped out overnight
"Finishing it was very, very emotional," she said. "It's been a hell of a month. I'll want to know what the people in my house think of it."

Asked what plans she had for the near future Rowling said: "I'm looking forward to going on holiday."

Darker film

Radcliffe, 17, who was joined by his co-stars Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) and Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), returns to the role of the student wizard, which he first played at the age of 10.

Emma Watson
Emma Watson returns as Harry's classmate Hermione Granger
He admitted that the new film is darker than previous ones.

"Toward the end there's not many laughs to be had," he said. "While there's not actually direct comedy, there's some really heartfelt emotion."

Speaking of his first on-screen clinch with Katie Leung, who plays Cho Chang, he said: "She's a very good kisser."

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix sees Harry bring together a group of apprentice wizards and witches at his Hogwarts school to battle a growing evil.

Advance orders


Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone

Daniel Radcliffe was chosen to play Harry Potter in The Philosopher’s Stone when he was just 10 years old.

Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

By the time the Chamber of Secrets was released, Radcliffe, 13, had grown used to the limelight.

Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Radcliffe was 15 when The Prisoner of Azkaban came out. Questions were asked about whether he was too old.

Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Following the Goblet of Fire, Radcliffe, then 16, signed up to play Potter in the remaining three films.

Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Radcliffe, who next appears in The Order of the Phoenix, is now 17 and has branched out into theatre.

1 of 5
British director David Yates takes over the reins from Mike Newell, becoming the fourth director to be involved in the franchise.

Better known for gritty TV projects such as State of Play and Sex Traffic, Yates has already signed up for the sixth movie, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Nearly 1.6 million have already placed an order for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - the seventh and final instalment - ahead of its publication.

Clips from Order of the Phoenix

In Pictures: Harry Potter premiere
03 Jul 07 |  In Pictures
'Record demand for final Potter'
03 Jul 07 |  Entertainment
Potter star greets Japanese fans
28 Jun 07 |  Entertainment
Harry Potter firm in box-set plan
28 Jun 07 |  Business
Potter stars look to the future
26 Jun 07 |  Entertainment
Hacker claims Potter book spoiler
21 Jun 07 |  Entertainment

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