Before the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, I published an article in which Harry Potter’s Page, along with other fan sites, got to interview Dan Radcliffe (Harry Potter). You can read that article here.
I now have the conclusion of the interview, which includes Dan’s responses that referred to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2! *caution for MAJOR SPOILERS ahead!*
It was nearly a year ago when many Harry Potter fan sites were able to talk to Dan Radcliffe. By this time filming for the Harry Potter films had concluded and Dan was turning toward another direction in his life.
Filming the Harry Potter films was a wonderful experience for Dan, but there were also many challenging aspects as well.
Some of the tricky scenes he had to work on in Deathly Hallows was when, during Part 1, the horcrux [locket] takes him underwater in the lake when he was trying to get to Gryffindor’s Sword. “I was being torn around by the locket. So, that was pretty challenging.”
There were moving platforms where the vault was.
In Part 2, he felt the Gringott’s Bank Lestrange vault scene was also a big challenge. “There were moving platforms where the vault was. So, as the treasure multiplied, these platforms would move, and I would have to struggle to get onto the next one, and then onto the next one, and then onto the next one. I don’t think my calf muscles have ever worked so hard.”
I basically became Helena’s PA on this film.
When asked about what it was like to work with Helena Bonham Carter portraying Hermione as Bellatrix, he laughed. “It was very, very funny. It was actually one of my favorite scenes to do; with her, Warwick Davis, Rupert and me going on the cart into Gringott’s Bank. Warwick and Helena are hysterically funny. I basically became Helena’s PA on this film. I kind of was like, ‘Helena, do you want that coffee in the shot, or do you want me to move it for you?’ She’s mad, and brilliant, and wonderful and everything I love about the English people.”
He said that Helena absolutely had to be more conservative when acting as Hermione being Bellatrix. He went on to describe the transformation that took place. “It was also hilarious when she had to transform back into Emma. We were all wet on the cart. It was great fun!” He goes on, “Helena as Hermione is very funny, or rather, Hermione as Helena is very amusing…I’m not sure which is which – it’s all very confusing.”
He said that is was rather bizarre how he felt when seeing Hogwarts destroyed. “It wasn’t so much the courtyard scene and seeing everything destroyed. It was actually seeing the Great Hall destroyed and seeing it as a field hospital. This was the slightly more shocking moment because the Great Hall is such an iconic set. Seeing it destroyed was bizarre. I think that really brought it home that these films were coming to a close. It gave us an awareness of how important it was to get this right. How much we owed it to all the people that have gone to these films and supported us.”
…they come back to give me guidance and comfort in what are, in theory, the last moments of Harry’s life.
He had two favorite scenes in the second film. “One is when I go into the forest and see the ghosts of my parents, Sirius, and Lupin and they come back to give me guidance and comfort in what are, in theory, the last moments of Harry’s life. I’ve always found that scene to be the most moving in all the books. On a personal note, I missed Michael Gambon on set very, very much, so the King’s Cross scene, where we meet in a sort of half-life limbo world, was also one of my favorites. It’s a slightly surreal scene.”
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 will be in theatres July 15, 2011. See the world-wide release dates here.
A huge thanks to Warner Bros. for allowing me to be part of this interview!
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