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Q&A: Daniel Radcliffe

The star looks back on 10 years as everyone's favorite boy wizard

November 22, 2010
COURTESY WARNER BROS. PICTURES

Harry's friends (all played by Radcliffe) take polyjuice potion to create a diversion for Voldemort's Death Eaters.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 bewitched the box office this weekend, opening at No. 1 with a magical $125 million in ticket sales. The highly anticipated film is based on British author J.K. Rowling's seventh and final book about the famous boy wizard.

In this enchanting installment, best friends Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) leave Hogwarts and embark on a dangerous journey. Their mission: To find the last of Voldemort's horcruxes. The Dark Lord has hidden pieces of his soul inside the horcruxes in an effort to live forever. The only way to defeat the Voldemort is to destroy the cursed objects. Meanwhile, the evil wizard has a plan of his own to crush the Boy Who Lived. Will Harry, Ron and Hermione hunt down the horcruxes before Voldemort hunts them down?

Radcliffe spoke to TFK about playing Harry Potter for the past decade. Find out what souvenirs the actor took from the set and whether he would ever consider playing the boy wizard again.

TFK:

How does it feel now that you're done filming?

DANIEL RADCLIFFE:

Obviously, toward the end, it was very emotional. We all cried a lot. The first month away was very strange. But I've always said this about Harry Potter: Once you're in, you're never really out. There is some sadness in leaving it, but I'm excited about the future.

TFK:

Can you talk about the emotional journey Harry goes through in Deathly Hallows?

RADCLIFFE:

One of the major themes of Deathly Hallows, particularly part 1, is the theme of faith. Harry's faith in Dumbledore is being tested. Dumbledore has died and he leaves Harry with this mission and almost no information on which to work. As far as his relationship with Ron and Hermione, they gradually realize that Harry has no plan; he's just winging it. As they lose faith in him, he becomes more isolated and desperate.

TFK:

What was the hardest scene to film?

RADCLIFFE:

I suppose getting beaten up by Ralph Fiennes [BRACKET "who plays Voldemort"] in part 2 was physically demanding. I always wanted to do a scene where magic is not enough and Voldemort just physically tries to kill Harry. There was a lot of physically challenging stuff in the seventh film. I loved running around, falling down and getting hit. The scenes in part 1 between Harry and Ron where they're fighting and hating each other were hard. It's very hard to hate Rupert Grint!

TFK:

Did you take any souvenirs from the set?

RADCLIFFE:

I only wanted Harry's glasses. I didn't want the wand. I definitely didn't want the broom. I ended up getting two pair of the glasses. I have one pair that is lens-less. Often the glasses I wear on set are lens-less, because there are camera reflections. Those are from the seventh film, and I also got a pair with lenses from the very first film. So I've got two pairs, one from the first film and one from the last. I'm very happy with them.

TFK:

Emma Watson threw a dinner party after filming ended. How was it?

RADCLIFFE:

It was fantastic. I've never thrown a dinner party in my life. The idea terrifies me! Emma cooked. She got the core of the young cast members together, and we all went to her house. It was really nice and dripping with nostalgia. We were all reminiscing about the early days and how young and cute and innocent we all were. If it were up to me and Rupert, neither of us would have been able to put that together. The fact that Emma did was really appreciated.

TFK:

What's your best Harry Potter memory from the past 10 years?

RADCLIFFE:

It's not necessarily my favorite memory, but it was one of the moments where I took a step back and thought, "No matter how long I act, I will never get another moment like this again." It was the scene in the sixth film where I burst out of the water in the cave, surrounded by a ring of fire. For the past few years, I've taken for granted that I get to play an action hero. It's rare that actors get to do that. It's a lot of fun, and I'll miss that, certainly.

TFK:

Looking back on the films, what would you redo?

RADCLIFFE:

If I were young enough, I'd like to go back and do the first two films again. I still find those first two very embarrassing to watch. But to be honest, I don't look back on the films too much, because I would probably just be sitting there going, "Oh, God, there's so much I want to change." I genuinely think you'll struggle to find an actor who is completely happy with what they've done.

TFK:

The movies may be ending soon, but fans can still get the Harry Potter experience at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Orlando. What was your favorite experience there?

RADCLIFFE:

The Dragon Challenge ride is the best part. I rode it five times. It was awesome! I went on the front of the ride; I went on the back; we rode it at night. The Phelps twins [who play Fred and George Weasley in the films] were on the other dragon. We saw our faces steaming towards each other at 60 miles an hour, almost colliding, and then veering away sharply at the last minute. It was great!

TFK:

If J.K. Rowling calls you tomorrow and says, "I'm writing another book," would you want to star in that next movie?

RADCLIFFE:

No, probably not. Ten years is enough. I think the films have come to reach a rather perfect and wonderful conclusion. But I have had assurances from Jo that she will not be doing that!

TFK:

After 10 years, what do you walk away with as an actor and as a person?

RADCLIFFE:

I will never be able to watch one scene in any of these films without immediately connecting it to the memory of that day on set or to the memory of what was happening in my life at the time. I walk away with a wealth of experience that many actors would kill for in terms of the people I've worked with and learned from. And I walk away, most importantly, with a love of film and the most amazing group of friends anyone could wish for. These are people I will know forever, and I feel very lucky.

 

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