May 2008~ Collectormania 13

It  was around now that Collectormania started to outgrow the shopping centre.

There were at least 48 guests this year! A fair few were regulars and fan favourites from Star Wars, Red Dwarf etc. The cast of Torchwood played a big part too.

There was no real main draw for me this time.


I met Tawny Cypress from Heroes , Connor Trineer from Enterprise, Bruce Boxleitner from Babylon 5.


The funniest moment was meeting Natalia Tena who played Tonks in the Harry Potter films. In her words she had “been out on a bender” the previous night and had a mad hangover. She was fun though and a pleasure to meet.

November 2005- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire European Premiere

The premiere of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire would be the last premiere I would attend for this film franchise. From the fifth film onwards, the premieres were held on a weekday and would prove hard to attend what with work.

This took place on a very wet and cold Sunday evening. Large umbrellas caused problems for all. I nearly lost an eye!

For once I managed to get a few autographs, namely the actors who play the Weasley twins and Neville Longbottom. I also got one from the actor who plays Draco Malfoy but he was so rude and arrogant, after he signed it I tore it up in front of him.

Felt very sorry for Eric Sykes. Poor guy was soaked through.

May 2004- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban European Premiere

Another Harry Potter premiere. Another chance for photos…

This was held on a fairly sunny Sunday afternoon on May. Again, Dan Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint were there as were many others. The Knight Bus also put in an appearance. Only downside was the young girl stood next to me who suffered from narcolepsy and kept hitting the floor (or the metal barrier) at random intervals!

November 2002- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets European Premiere

It had only been a year since the last film was released. Warner Bros. were pushing full steam ahead with their film versions of JK Rowlings best sellers involving Harry Potter.

The setup in Leicester Square was nowhere near as grand but Dan Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and all the supporting cast were in attendance. Again, no real autograph chances but plenty of photos.

November 2001- Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone World Premiere

It was a cold, wet Sunday in November.

Leicester Square had been turned into the grounds of Hogwarts. Access to the front of the cinema was by wristband only. Luckily, I got one.

We were ushered to bleacher seating, right up close to where the actors would be. I was about 3 rows back. Close enough for photos but not close enough for autographs. Still, managed to get a few good snaps! Most of the main cast was present, as was JK Rowling herself.

It would be a year til the next film was released…