A decade after they first set foot on the Hogwarts movie set as children, 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint had to face the final goodbye when they wrapped principal photography on the last movie in the series. According to Daniel, there practically wasn't a dry eye in the house.
"They called 'cut' and they said, 'Right, everybody, that is it. That is the end of principal photography on 'Harry Potter 7,' parts 1 and 2. Well done everybody,'" recalls Daniel.
"It just all kind of hit me, really," says Rupert. "It was really weird. The last scene was actually quite random: We were jumping through a fireplace and yeah, that was it. It just really felt final. It's just hard to think that all this time comes down to, like, one take."
"I was just trying to process it, and it was really emotional," says Emma. "I was crying a lot during that day."
Daniel says that on the last day, after the final take, the producers put together a special slide show presentation for the cast and crew using photos from the production's "Golden Board," which chronicled each day on the film and the various cast, crew and visitors to the set who would be there.
"It was just really sad, suddenly seeing everybody there, and it was a very, very emotionally provocative thing to suddenly see," explains Daniel. "Me, Emma and Rupert and a lot of the crew, by the time they were 10 seconds into it, were in tears."
Part 1 of the final movie chapter of J.K. Rowling's blockbuster series arrives in theaters Friday, while Part 2 of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' hits theaters July 15.