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Dan Radcliffe on Harry Potter Book Purists and Fans of the Films

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Posted by: sue
January 10, 2009, 04:51 PM

The Australian Herald Sun has released a new interview with Dan Radcliffe, where the Harry Potter gives his thoughts about the upcoming Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and the two Deathly Hallows films. Of HBP he says he thinks they have struck a type of balance between the darker, intensity found in the sixth book and a bit of humor. Dan says "I mean, the one thing when I read the script I could always yearn for was more darkness and more of that real intense stuff, because I enjoy doing that more, but hopefully this time we have struck a balance between that darkness and a certain comedy in this film. "And what I think we've managed to do is not make it that kind of comedy that is farcical and pulling faces. "It's not that kind of comedy at all, it's much more subtle than that and hopefully people will find it funny - that's the aim anyway.''

Of particular interest are Dan Radcliffe's comments on the the two Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows films, and book purists feelings about the Harry Potter films. Quotage: "I think when the fans came on to the first film there would have been a section of the audience that didn't want to like it because they were the purists of the book,'' he says. "There are still those people out there, but you are never going to change their minds so just don't even try.

"So I think the majority of the people out there, because the fan base has grown at about the rate the films have come out, we've managed to keep making them darker and dark enough to maintain the interests of these people.

"And I think actually through making the films darker we've gained a lot. And also through people like (director) David Yates directing them, a certain amount of respect has been gained for the films as cinema.''

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82 Comments

ChantyBabez

I appreciate the fact that they are completely different and i hink that makes my like them more because as i read the books i imagine the whole harry potter world exactly as i did when i first read the books. So the film adaptation doesn’t affect the books to me and i love both of them :D xxx

Posted by ChantyBabez on January 10, 2009, 06:06 PM report to moderator
GinaC

I am glad to hear there’s plenty of darkness in HBP. I think the PG rating made some of us a bit nervous that the dark parts had been cut out and that the intense parts had been “kiddified,” though it does sound like they’ve got a good adaptation.

However, those of us who like the books and prefer that the movies be true to them are most certainly real fans, so I hope we can avoid that kind of rhetoric around here! I think the majority of us fully realize every last thing can’t be included and that some things have to be consensed; i think my main problem has been the short shrift the endings have gotten in movies 3-5, not that every last line a character uttered in the book didn’t make it to the movie. So long as every effort is made to keep in the crucial parts and not cut things at the expense of non-book scenes the director/screenwriter wants to include, I’m happy.

Posted by GinaC on January 10, 2009, 06:20 PM report to moderator
H

I do think they do a nice job with humour in the movies. A lot of the humour in the books is written in a way that won’t translate; which I love. Yes, I’m a book purist and I’ll always love the books best and I always hope they put more of the books into the movies; but I enjoy the movies for what they are; much like many of the commenters here. And he’s right- don’t try to tell us new movie stuff is better than book stuff. : )

Posted by H on January 10, 2009, 06:43 PM report to moderator
Maggie

Yeah, I definitely see the books and the movies as COMPLETELY different, but it is so refreshing to be reassured of how dedicated Dan is to the movies. Though he is not my own Harry, he makes a fine movie-Harry, and I am so very looking forward to seeing the balance between humor and tragedy in HBP!

Posted by Maggie on January 10, 2009, 07:34 PM report to moderator
LemonFaerie

@GinaC, those are my feelings, exactly.

I do think Dan is very tuned into both the films and the books, and the various fan reactions. He has certainly demonstrated a desire to make his role in the movies the best he is personally capable of and you can’t ask for more than that. I’m very happy for him that he has been able to branch out to other roles and will continue to grown and develop as an actor, but I am also very glad he IS, and will always be, Harry Potter.

Posted by LemonFaerie on January 10, 2009, 07:53 PM report to moderator
Ravenclaw from Glenn

I bought my wife a T-shirt that sums it all up nicely:

Never Judge a Book by it’s Movie

Posted by Ravenclaw from Glenn on January 10, 2009, 08:22 PM report to moderator
radish_earrings

I think that Dan gave a fantastic interview. It’s true that we often complain about what’s different between the movies and films, and while there are jarring differences that we have a right to complain about, (“harry-did-you-put-your-name-in-the-goblet-of-fire,” anyone?) I think that we do need to recognize that movies are an art form just like writing, and sometimes to be able to reach people, they have to change canon.
I’m also really excited for the movie… I saw the trailers, and I laughed rally hard at the “I AM the chosen one,” and the “Sir, after all this time, I think I’ll just go with it” parts. That’s the way it should be. They are teenagers, after all.

Radish :)

Posted by radish_earrings on January 10, 2009, 08:48 PM report to moderator
Madeline

Spot on, radish_earrings!! I’m definitely a book purist, and there have been a few times when I’ve said “No way, I’m not going to see the next movie,” but then I went and saw them anyways. I think one and two were good, three was terrible, four was okay, and I actually think five was the best one so far, besides the fact that SO much was cut out. But I am really excited about HBP, and I think even if I weren’t I’d go see it simply because I’m so impressed with the way Dan, Rupert, Emma and the others have developed as actors and put so much of themselves into their amazing characters.

Posted by Madeline on January 10, 2009, 08:57 PM report to moderator
Old Mr. Toad

Hmm.. Re: purists vs movie lovers.. Purists have to realize that what reads well doesn’t necessarily translate to film all that well. That and the extreme difficulty of deciding what sub-plots must be cut in order to make a move short enough to watch comfortably.

Hmm.. Re: purists vs movie lovers.. Purists have to realize that what reads well doesn’t necessarily translate to film all that well. That and the extreme difficulty of deciding what sub-plots must be cut in order to make a move short enough to watch comfortably.I will say without hesitation that I enjoyed reading the books more than watching the movies, but that may just be me. There are those HP fans that may find reading a chore and prefer film. They’re still fans. I’ve just recently discovered audio books. Not that they are a new medium. I recall listening to “Call of the Wild” and “White Fang” with my (sightless) grandfather on talking books too many years ago to mention. I’ve found listening to Seven Fry or Jim Dale is a hoot.

Hmm.. Re: purists vs movie lovers.. Purists have to realize that what reads well doesn’t necessarily translate to film all that well. That and the extreme difficulty of deciding what sub-plots must be cut in order to make a move short enough to watch comfortably.I will say without hesitation that I enjoyed reading the books more than watching the movies, but that may just be me. There are those HP fans that may find reading a chore and prefer film. They’re still fans. I’ve just recently discovered audio books. Not that they are a new medium. I recall listening to “Call of the Wild” and “White Fang” with my (sightless) grandfather on talking books too many years ago to mention. I’ve found listening to Seven Fry or Jim Dale is a hoot.yup, If you’re a fan, you’re a fan. It matters not whether you prefer the print or the film.

Hmm.. Re: purists vs movie lovers.. Purists have to realize that what reads well doesn’t necessarily translate to film all that well. That and the extreme difficulty of deciding what sub-plots must be cut in order to make a move short enough to watch comfortably.I will say without hesitation that I enjoyed reading the books more than watching the movies, but that may just be me. There are those HP fans that may find reading a chore and prefer film. They’re still fans. I’ve just recently discovered audio books. Not that they are a new medium. I recall listening to “Call of the Wild” and “White Fang” with my (sightless) grandfather on talking books too many years ago to mention. I’ve found listening to Seven Fry or Jim Dale is a hoot.yup, If you’re a fan, you’re a fan. It matters not whether you prefer the print or the film.I am waiting impatiently for the release of HBP, and I really, really want to see the two parter DH.

Hmm.. Re: purists vs movie lovers.. Purists have to realize that what reads well doesn’t necessarily translate to film all that well. That and the extreme difficulty of deciding what sub-plots must be cut in order to make a move short enough to watch comfortably.I will say without hesitation that I enjoyed reading the books more than watching the movies, but that may just be me. There are those HP fans that may find reading a chore and prefer film. They’re still fans. I’ve just recently discovered audio books. Not that they are a new medium. I recall listening to “Call of the Wild” and “White Fang” with my (sightless) grandfather on talking books too many years ago to mention. I’ve found listening to Seven Fry or Jim Dale is a hoot.yup, If you’re a fan, you’re a fan. It matters not whether you prefer the print or the film.I am waiting impatiently for the release of HBP, and I really, really want to see the two parter DH.Now back to the ?th reread of the Bloomsbury version. Now on OoTP..

Hmm.. Re: purists vs movie lovers.. Purists have to realize that what reads well doesn’t necessarily translate to film all that well. That and the extreme difficulty of deciding what sub-plots must be cut in order to make a move short enough to watch comfortably.I will say without hesitation that I enjoyed reading the books more than watching the movies, but that may just be me. There are those HP fans that may find reading a chore and prefer film. They’re still fans. I’ve just recently discovered audio books. Not that they are a new medium. I recall listening to “Call of the Wild” and “White Fang” with my (sightless) grandfather on talking books too many years ago to mention. I’ve found listening to Seven Fry or Jim Dale is a hoot.yup, If you’re a fan, you’re a fan. It matters not whether you prefer the print or the film.I am waiting impatiently for the release of HBP, and I really, really want to see the two parter DH.Now back to the ?th reread of the Bloomsbury version. Now on OoTP..Love it all.

Hmm.. Re: purists vs movie lovers.. Purists have to realize that what reads well doesn’t necessarily translate to film all that well. That and the extreme difficulty of deciding what sub-plots must be cut in order to make a move short enough to watch comfortably.I will say without hesitation that I enjoyed reading the books more than watching the movies, but that may just be me. There are those HP fans that may find reading a chore and prefer film. They’re still fans. I’ve just recently discovered audio books. Not that they are a new medium. I recall listening to “Call of the Wild” and “White Fang” with my (sightless) grandfather on talking books too many years ago to mention. I’ve found listening to Seven Fry or Jim Dale is a hoot.yup, If you’re a fan, you’re a fan. It matters not whether you prefer the print or the film.I am waiting impatiently for the release of HBP, and I really, really want to see the two parter DH.Now back to the ?th reread of the Bloomsbury version. Now on OoTP..Love it all.OMT

Posted by Old Mr. Toad on January 10, 2009, 09:55 PM report to moderator
Old Mr. Toad

I have no Idea what happened above. I hit submit only one time. Wierd. Moderator, feel free to axe it if you wish…

OMT

Posted by Old Mr. Toad on January 10, 2009, 09:58 PM report to moderator
sml

I also think he’s got it right. I do love the books and the details, but I understand that the films cannot include everything. I do enjoy the darker parts of the books, so I’m glad that those parts are being recognized more as the films go on. I’m glad Dan Radcliffe is so in tune to and seems to enjoy Harry Potter so much. From previous interviews, I get the impression he is very serious about making the Deathly Hallows adaption the best yet (he’s actually going to be on Conan O’Brien this Monday – or, I guess technically it’s Tuesday since it’s at 12:30 a.m., but they still call it Monday night’s show).

Posted by sml on January 10, 2009, 10:37 PM report to moderator
Mimblewimble

I agree with Dan’s distaste for the word “blockbuster” being applied to HP. Blockbuster implies some action-packed, special-effects laden film that is short on substance. But instead of special effects, the HP films rely on strong characterization and clever interplay between magic and the regular world. Not some blockbuster spectacle. Oh and the books are way better. No contest.

Posted by Mimblewimble on January 10, 2009, 10:42 PM report to moderator
Saya

I think there’s a fine line between something being a decent or even great adaptation from a book, and still not being spot on… I for one love the books more – I saw the first two movies and wasn’t very impressed. Now that I’ve read the books, I enjoy even those two because it all fits together. I don’t expect the movies to stick to the books, but I expect the spirit of it to be right having read the books previously. And they do – there may still be a few moments where you’ve got to laugh because of the way things get changed, but without spending a 5 hour miniseries on each book you’re never going to convince me that somethign is a really great adaptation of ANY book (seriously I think the only adaptation of a book I have ever completely approved of is the 5 hour miniseries version of Pride and Prejudice…there’s just not enough time in anything shorter to do ANY book true justice) but that doesn’t mean the movies aren’t valuable as their own thing. (And trust me – I am the sort who likes to tear things apart on movies – but I don’t with Harry Potter because it is done well enough… unlike things that make me really snarky…like the movie version of the Phantom of the Opera, lol)

Posted by Saya on January 10, 2009, 10:54 PM report to moderator
mg

It is refreshing that Daniel doesn’t get caught up in all the pressure. He’s so mature, serious and respectful of the material and the process and just does his job, but he can also explore and challenge himself as an actor. An intelligent young man and a perfect anchor for the HP movies. All the actors have handled this whole thing beautifully and I imagine will do so until the end.

Posted by mg on January 10, 2009, 11:02 PM report to moderator
nimmy

Heyyy.. Dan Luv U n eagerly waiting for ur next movie.Its interesting to know that it includes the comedy side too.

Posted by nimmy on January 10, 2009, 11:25 PM report to moderator
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