Seen and heard on the Harry Potter red carpet!

The cast of Harry Potter celebrated two big events with a red carpet bash in New York City — the grand opening of Harry Potter: The Exhibition and the upcoming DVD and Blu-ray release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.

As Harry Potter: The Exhibition opens its doors to the eager public, the last stop on the North American tour has been getting rave reviews, with the New York Times saying it was “quite bewitching” and “makes Ms. Rowling’s universe palpably vivid.”

During the star-studded event to mark the occasion, MTV was live at Discovery Times Square and interviewed some fan favorites like Bonnie Wright and David Thewlis, plus James and Oliver Phelps. Check out some of the highlights!

Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) on the end of filming: “I cried on the last day because it was epic. Everyone was in and we had a big cast. Everyone was like, ‘Well, this is it.’ And yes, it was emotional.”

David Thewlis (Lupin) on his character: “I didn’t know that I was going to be in so many of them because when I did the Prisoner of Azkaban, Lupin leaves at the end of that film. He’s not in the Goblet of Fire. It was only when the Order of the Phoenix was published that I realized I was going to have more work in it… I made it to the end.”

Oliver Phelps (George Weasley) about filming Fred’s death: “It was really weird. We had to make it real… It was quite an emotional roller coaster for myself.”

Producer David Heyman about what he’ll miss: “I suppose what I’ll miss is the family. Every time we finished a film, we knew we were coming back and this wonderful group of people who’ve become closer and closer over the ten years of making the films have now gone their separate ways. And I’ll miss that familial, collegial atmosphere.”

Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) on the epilogue: “Being a mother with three children suddenly when you’re young is quite big. It’s strange, because obviously I started and my first ever scene filmed was on the train platform 9 3/4, and then we came back to shoot some more just before Christmas, and it was back at platform 9 3/4. So I finished and it was like this amazing cycle. I’m definitely looking forward to the epilogue and I really hope it finishes the films well. But I think I’m mainly looking forward to the epic battle that is to come and just seeing the power of good triumph over evil is going to be satisfying.”

Helen McCrory (Narcissa Malfoy) about the ending: “It’s quite strange, because we haven’t seen the last film. For instance, with Narcissa, we actually filmed four different endings and I filmed three different battles. And I don’t know which ones the three Davids are going to pick. So we haven’t put a final full stop onto that… for our family.”

Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid) on the final film: “There’s lots of things about characters who you may have thought certain things were true about which are revealed. Snape and all sorts of people. You suddenly think, ‘Oh my God, that wasn’t what was going on for the last eight years, there was something else going on.’ It’s wonderful actually – very, very clever.”

Don’t miss MTV’s peek inside Harry Potter: The Exhibition!

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