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Last Updated: Wednesday July 08 2009 05:07 GMT

In pics: Potter premiere for Half-Blood Prince

Potter fans at the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, in London

It's no surprise hundreds of Potter fans turned out for London's world premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. But there was a big surprise in store with the weather.

J K Rowling signing autographs for fans at the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

It all looks OK so far, as Harry's creator J K Rowling takes time out to sign autographs and chat to fans.

Tom Felton, who plays Draco Malfoy, at the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

And here's Draco Malfoy actor Tom Felton on the red carpet, but who's he spotted?

Jessie Cave at the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Maybe it was Jessie Cave, who plays Lavender Brown. Her character gets to kiss Ron Weasley - played by Rupert Grint - a lot in the Half-Blood Prince!

Evanna Lynch in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and on the red carpet at the world premiere of the film, in London

Evanna Lynch shook off the image of her character, Luna Lovegood, to glam up for the premiere and it looks as if she made it into the cinema just in time...

Matthew Lewis, who plays Neville Longbottom, at the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, in London

The heavens suddenly opened and Matthew Lewis - aka Neville Longbottom in the films - was among the stars who got a bit wet as they made their way down the red carpet.

Potter fans getting drenched in the rain at the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, in London

But that was nothing compared to these guys! Doesn't look as if their umbrellas are working too well does it?

Jim Broadbent, who plays Professor Slughorn, at the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Maybe the sudden downpour is why Jim Broadbent is looking so startled. Jim plays Professor Slughorn in the Half-Blood Prince and has had great reviews for his performance.

Emma Watson signing autographs for fans at the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in London

It looks as if Emma Watson was ready for the weather, with a massive umbrella protecting her from the worst of the torrential rain.

Rupert Grint dances in the rain at the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in London

Rupert Grint didn't seem that bothered by the weather, splashing about in the puddles to the delight of fans.

Daniel Radcliffe on the red carpet at the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

And Daniel Radcliffe looked pretty happy too. He even had someone to hold an umbrella over him to try to keep him dry!

Tom Felton, who plays Draco Malfoy, at the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

But Tom Felton, who plays Harry's arch enemy Draco Malfoy, didn't look quite so impressed.

Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe on the red carpet at the premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Say cheese! After spending time with fans on the red carpet, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe finally escaped the rain to pose for photographers.