“Neville!” A small throng of teens, some of whom had been waiting since 6 a.m., shrieked as actor Matthew Lewis, who has played the role of Neville Longbottom in all eight Harry Potter movies, passed by slowly in a black SUV, windows down, outside the Canadian premiere of the series’ final installment, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. At the screening, some fans donned Gryffindor scarves and private school ties, but the best accessory by far was the round 3D glasses given to each audience member, filling the theatre with Potter wannabes. While there was more than enough buzz about the movie itself, stage whispers ripped though the crowd as actors Kate Beckinsale—who’s in town shooting a remake of Total Recall—and Michael Sheen arrived with their 12-year-old daughter, Lily. We also spotted Pink Tartan designer Kimberley Newport-Mimran with her daughter, Jacqueline, and a small handful of the Degrassi tribe.
Afterward, the party headed to Toronto’s most Hogwarts-like building, Casa Loma, which was kitted out with swirling mist. Inside, party-goers sipped butterbeer—a favourite quaff of the wizardry set—posed with a Lego Hagrid and took in a match with the University of Toronto quidditch team. (Their brooms, sadly, are not of the magical variety.) Outside, guests greeted Echo, a nine-year-old Eastern Screech Owl, and the evening’s breakout star. Neville fans also gathered along the perimeter, chanting for Matthew Lewis, who greeted them for several minutes before being swept, like magic, up the black carpet and into the castle.