Harry Potter fans stampede for Radcliffe in Venice
VENICE (AFP) - The Venice film festival descended briefly into chaos on Sunday as screaming Harry Potter fans stampeded across the seafront after British star Daniel Radcliffe, in town to present his new film.
Radcliffe, who rose to fame playing the child wizard, was surrounded by bodyguards and police, but that did not stop some admirers pushing their way into the bathroom with him during a press conference break.
The 24-year-old shrugged off suggestions that the clamour of hyperventilating teenagers on Venice's picturesque Lido island was intimidating.
"Thankfully, it's not always like this," he told the press conference, as a crowd outside thumped on the walls and rattled the windows trying to get in.