RT-UK: Daniel; Harry gets angry in this film, did it make him more challenging to play without alienating the audience and making him unsympathetic?
Daniel Radcliffe: Very good question; that was the overwhelming response to this book, a lot of people said that they didn’t like Harry because they disliked how angry he was.
RT-UK: Imagine yourself a few years on, a new set of young actors, 11 or 12, are about to start acting in a long series of films; given your experience what advice would you give them? I think if someone had said to me, you know, this is what it’s going to be like, a) I wouldn’t believe them and b) you just can’t– DR: You just can’t handle it until you’re there, to be honest, it’s very hard. DR: Particularly with something like “Potter”, which is so huge and really is a global phenomenon.
It’s very hard, even for us now, to see the extent to which it reaches, but I suppose just helping them to make sure that when they’re starting out to tell the people around them to be completely honest with them, so that there’s no room for sycophants to trickle in.
I think it is very true to life – I have a lot of brothers and I’m friends with a lot of guys and I do think, how do you not get this? [laughs] I think, in very general terms, I think both sexes have trouble understanding each other, and will probably until the end of time remain a mystery to one another. DR: [laughs] We were both a bit nervous because we did know everyone was talking about it, and there was a knowledge that this was a highly-anticipated scene. I’ve played them, I’ve enjoyed them, but the stakes aren’t quite so high as when you’re making the film, obviously. CNN Paramount Red Carpet E3 Star Trek Christmas vampires TV Land Lionsgate Reality FXX Crackle Esquire Winter TV political drama Polls and Games Photos Trivia Acorn TV DC Universe Marathons cults E!
How do you not understand what she must be feeling? It plays brilliantly on the differences between boys and girls. But I have to say I don’t think it’s all on one side… Everyone has been waiting for this scene in some ways… [laughs] This is the thing; a while ago I said it took thirty takes. RG: It’s really weird; I think all the merchandise is quite strange. I was in Waitrose the other day and I was flicking across the shelves and there was something like “Hermione’s Magic Muffins” with my head on those little sticky things you put on top of cupcakes. Showtime Paramount Network justice league golden globes OWN Certified Fresh police drama docudrama Direc TV Kids & Family TBS Sundance Now El Rey Netflix crime drama Teen Logo Ellie Kemper Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Food Network thriller Musicals TCA Ghostbusters Rock boxoffice Nickelodeon Reality Competition Music sports Emmys BET Warner Bros.
I want to see her in another country protesting for the rights of house elves! If Ron had to die it wouldn’t be so bad because it’s the last one anyway!
I talked to Jo Rowling about that and she just said, well, frankly, if people say they don’t understand why Harry is angry in the book then they don’t understand what he’s been through in the past five years; he has a right to be angry.
But I think you’re right, for me it was possibly just as interesting to play the more reflective side of the anger and where it comes from; the loneliness, and feeling misunderstood by everyone, rather than the out-and-out shouting that people might have interpreted was what was in the book.
RT-UK: How did working with David Yates inform the experience?
DR: I think what David managed to do, which is fantastic, is that he took the charm of the films that Chris [Columbus] made and the visual flair of everything that Alfonso [Cuaron] did, and the thoroughly bombastic, British nature of Mike Newell’s fourth film, and he’s added his own sense of grit and realism to it that perhaps wasn’t there before.