So as many of you blog readers may know, I am a die hard Harry Potter fan. (Sorry for the lack of my regular blogging, but many beauty posts will be coming soon!) And on June 12th, 2013, I made my 12 year dream come true- I got a picture with Daniel Radcliffe.
If there’s any event in my area that is Harry Potter related, I’ll be there. Midnight screening of them movies? Check. Cosplay convention? Check. This month, I had the opportunity to travel to London and I got to visit some filming locations of the Harry Potter movies- including the coveted Warner Brothers Studio Tour at Leavesden- a Harry Potter fan dream. However, my ultimate goal since I was 11 was to meet the one and only Daniel Radcliffe.
Prior to going to London, I already knew he was going to do a play in London, and I knew this was my only shot in meeting him. His play is “The Cripple of Inishmaan” and I highly recommend it, not only to Harry Potter fans, because it shows a lot of depth of what Daniel Radcliffe can do, but it is also an entertaining play. I found the stage door where the stage actors exited. After the play, I had the best five seconds of my life- getting Daniel Radcliffe’s autograph and getting a picture with him.
So, I pretty much travelled halfway across the world to accomplish one thing I ever wanted to do the most, and it happened. Number 1 item on my bucket list? DONE! Daniel Radcliffe went back inside after ten minutes, and lots of people didn’t get either. I was so worried for disappointment, and I think for any Harry Potter fan, that feeling is terrible. Hence, I am writing this blog post.
For all those fans travelling to see him, here’s my steps on how to meet him.
1) Find the stage door. The play is held at the Noel Coward Theatre. If you are outside facing the theatre, turn to the left and there is a small alleyway near pubs. Keep walking and when you reach the end of the theatre, turn right and on the right, you will see a door that says STAGE DOOR.
I scouted out this route couple days prior to the play to get ready.
2) Book it out the theatre as fast as you can after the play, AND WAIT THERE. There is most likely going to be barriers set up, so try to stand close to it as possible so you can hand Daniel Radcliffe the play program, which costed 4 pounds (or whatever for him to sign.) Also, some people are out there before the play ends- I’m not sure if they left the play early, or they just lined up without watching the play. Those people who lined up earlier were carrying Harry Potter related objects, so I think they just waited outside without watching the play.
I sat at seat A27 at the Royal Circle – which is kind of like the front row of the second floor balcony area. It costed 59.50 pounds. Although you’re not 10 feet in front of the stage, the view is excellent, and it is close to the entrance of the theater, so it was easy for me to make a quick getaway right after the play ended.
3) Get a sharpie, cap off, ready for him to scribble his signature.
4) Be patient. The play ended around 9:30, and I rushed to the stage door ASAP, and waited for around 40 minutes for him to come out. There will be a huge crowd.
5) When he comes, STICK YOUR ARM and WAVE ABOUT and hope he will see you. He really does try to address every fan and sign whatever is handed to him, but please respect him!
6) While he is signing, ask if you can take a quick picture with him- which is what I did. And the golden moment came when he leaned close to me while I was holding my iphone up and I got a selfie. And that was the best 5 seconds ever. I thanked him and he said you’re welcome. Afterwards, there was a lot of jumping coming from me.
7)It was hard for me to wedge out of the crowd since I was sandwiched between people who were a feet taller than me (I’m 5″1 sooooo…) but I realized… if you are holding a sharpie without a cap, PEOPLE GET SCARED..I am not joking.
So this is my experience…
After the play I ran for my life to the stage door. There were around 10-15 people waiting, so I thought I was luck as the guards were putting up barriers and I was right by the barrier, although it was a bit far from the stage door. However, we were told that we had to move to the middle..and I was like omg… because I ended up behind three guys who were probably 5″11- 6 feet tall and I was probably near invisible if Daniel Radcliffe came out of the door right then.
However, this was a life-or-death moment for me and once I want something, I will fight for it.
The moment he stepped out, my body was in FIGHT OR FLIGHT mode, and I found a little hole between two of the guys and stuck my arm out. I was wearing a super bright yellow jacket (not sure if that worked in my favour,) but I saw Daniel taking my play program and my sharpie and was signing it. I didn’t know what happened all of a sudden, but I managed to squeeze myself between these two huge men and thanked Daniel Radcliffe (thank goodness I didn’t cry) and I asked if he could take a picture with me, while I held my phone up. It is vital to be quick and multi task since it is extremely crowded. He leaned in to me and I *snapped* a picture and I almost died of happiness.
Horrible picture of me, but my expression says it all.
Right after, it was getting so crazy, I had to get out before I get ran over, so I tried to escape the crowd by crouching underneath people’s armpits. However, people are very very unwilling to move. I am tiny so force was useless. However, an uncapped sharpie pen, is quite threatening, because people like their clothes. Some people started to sort of move around me and I eventually near-crawled my way out and ran to my friends, and screaming my head off. He also went back inside after ten minutes, and I felt so lucky to be able to get an autograph and a selfie with the guy I’ve been pasting on my walls since I was 11 years old.
My friend stood outside the crowd and got this awesome shot of me getting a picture with him.
Click youtube clip- since I recorded the scene after I got my picture:
Needless to say, I am extremely happy and proud of myself. Honestly, I had that 1% of thinking that he may not take a picture with me or may not see me. I think I’ve been blabbering about how much I love Harry Potter/Daniel Radcliffe since I was a kid and people either
a)thought I was crazy/creepy/obsessed
b)completely agreed with me
Most people went with Option A and I don’t blame them. As I am in my young adulthood stage, most people may have grown out of that Harry Potter phase, but for me, nope. Deep down, I wonder if people thought I was being very, very unrealistically hopeful and that I will probably never take a picture with him or meet him or whatever. This may seem kind of childish/immature to be so happy over something like this, but I’ve been having this Harry Potter passion fueling inside me over a decade, and I think as long as you go with what you believe in, things will come your way.
Just like Emma Watson’s acceptance speech for the Trailblazer award at the MTV Movie awards, she said ” If you truly put your heart into what you believe in, even if it makes you vulnerable, amazing things can and will happen.” And for once, an amazing thing happened to me, because I really did believe one day I will be able to meet the boy who played my favourite character of all time. I hope all you Harry Potter fans will fulfill your Harry Potter dreams too. :’)
So, thank you Daniel Radcliffe, for those five seconds of your precious time.