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Recap from Live Half-Blood Prince Screening with Dan Radcliffe

Posted by: sue
December 12, 2009, 07:34 PM

UPDATE: Thanks to Lauren from our Order partner, you can download the audio right here. Enjoy!

As posted below actor Dan Radcliffe took part in the BD Live community screening via of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Joining him was producer David Barron, filling in for an ailing David Yates who is suffering from the flu and together, they provided fans from around the world with an assortment of news, reflections, thoughts and answers about the Harry Potter series. Of special interest were the comments on the upcoming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, as we heard directly from David and Dan that the split of the two films is NOT YET set, and they also want to surprise the fans where it will be.  Also, the actors (Dan, Rupert, Emma, Tom, Bonnie) would indeed would be portraying themselves for the Epilogue, that actor Michael Gambon has not yet started filming his scenes as Dumbledore for the films, and as noted earlier this week, filming would continue to late Spring/early Summer.  Other (many!) details we learned (many as seen on our Twitter during the course of the event) transpired as follows:

Dan said 5 (OotP) is favorite, due in part to presence of Gary Oldman.
DR would love to play Sirius Black if had chance to play another part
Dan is not rushing new projects right now. Is focused on HP 7 at moment, says would love to go back on stage one day
Dan Radcliffe says again would love to have Harry's glasses after the filming is done.
Reflecting on Alan Rickman (as Spinners End scene played) Dan says he is 'rather wonderful' as Snape and has dry sense of humor.
Says Lupin and Lockhart were his favorite Defense Against Dark Arts teachers, Ken Branagh gave advice/help on Shakespeare (tutoring on 12th night etc)
A continually gracious Dan Radcliffe often remarked on his fellow cast mates, noting the Phelps were nice and funny and Freddie Stroma as Cormac was "really brilliant, a top guy"
Dan says watching HBP now is the first time hes seen anything on Blu-ray, notes the Dragon chase from Goblet of Fire is his favorite VFX, and offers much praise to the stunt crew he has worked with over the years, trusting in their decisions on whether he could handle a certain stunt or not.
Dan Radcliffe would use the invisibility cloak for "robbing banks" (joke) and "all sorts of fun mischievous stuff"
Dan Radcliffe will NOT be using Twitter.
Digression on topic of Cricket: after England Dan's favorite team is India. Dan also speaks of US NFL, is a NY Giants fan
Discussion of Felix Felicius: Dan would use it in a really big moment.
On Jim Broadbent as Slughorn: Despite a lively on screen portrayal, very quiet shy when camera not on, (very similar to Rupert they note) Both praised his work, remarked on sadness shown in Slughorn
Snape would probably be would be better Potions Master than Slughorn as he wrote the book (ie Half-Blood Prince)
In a running joke during entire live screening,
Dan remarked on birds scene in Vanishing Cabinet; said that he had no idea what going on with the birds
Dan: Quidditch Pitch is a fantastic work of imagination and that flying a broom is painful
Humorous description of day of filming for Dan, mentions it starts at 630 breakfast, "gets scar on", "blood if needed"
Dan has studied magic, has been challenged to Harry Potter trivia and lost every single time :)
As film and Trio drinking Butterbeer, DB and Dan reminds fans we can try this at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter next spring
Dan Radcliffe speaking on impact of stage work (Equus) on his film work-gained a huge amount of confidence, also speaks to possibility of writing one day for film (besides acting),says so much to learn before tackling directing.
After a break, David Barron remarks on late Robert Knox (Belby) who was tragically murdered before HBP was released, Dan says he was a great guy
DB confirms Evanna Lynch designed Luna's lion hat, both say she is 'brilliant' as Luna, DB says she is very gifted
As film moves to Slughorn's Christmas party, much laughter over Rupert's various vehicles (including a hovercraft kept at his home)
Dan praises David Bradley as Filch, and notes his acclaim for his theatre work Dan on Jessie Cave as Lavender:says the heart drawing in the fog on glass in train for Ron one of his favorite parts of film
Ron is their favorite Weasley :)
"Cramped and crooked" is description of the Burrow set, DB says detail is brilliant
Attack on the Burrow discussion. Dan loves this scene, DB says this was used to encapsulate world outside Hogwarts was in danger
Discussion now on cutting scenes(or adding as in the burrow) have to get to the plot its a hard choice
DH Epilogue, the actors will play themselves 19 years later, would be wrong not to let them complete this journey
Voldemort is favorite dark wizard for both Reflecting on passing of Richard Harris (night before massive press junket says Dan), was a larger than life character, person. Both praise Michael Gambon who does not compete against RH.
On Rupert Grint: they praise how funny he was in lovelorn Ron scene. Dan speaks on trying to make R laugh right before a take because Rupert loves to laugh, Ron's frothing from the poisoning is actually egg whites
Dan says Atrium in Ministry of Magic is his fave set, DB loves the Gryffindor Common Room
Back to bird in Vanishing cabinet, DB tells Dan to listen to track, you can hear cheep cheep of bird as in VC in Borgin & Burkes -a very funny moment for both men here.
Dan would be annoyed by Lavender Brown (as opposed to Colin who is 'really sweet')
DB will look into putting together bloopers from the films (yay!)
Sectumsempra scene now: Dan says he & Tom were getting along so well, Dan & he were like 'cowboys & indians' and it was cool to film scene.
Description of Room of Requirement and DB says If you look carefully one or two artifacts that have appeared in other films
Dan says has broken 7 wands over the years, Devon Murray (Seamus) 8 or 9 and David Thewlis has about 12
Dan Radcliffe (Harry Potter) would be sorted in HUFFLEPUFF !(nice, but clueless he jokes) but obviously would like Gryffindor (Note: Editor Sue did NOT ask this question but is frankly ecstatic at this news and welcomes Dan proudly into Hufflepuff at any time)
Dan would like to be able to turn into a Wolfe or other animal (magical creature q) David B-Bowtruckle
if Dan could keep a Memory (as in a pensieve) he says it would be 'firsts' in his life like a kiss, but notes he is only 20
DB: Pensieve scenes were cut down because hard to propel a movie forward by going backward (w/all the memory scenes in book) so trick is to move forward & still use these scenes
During cave scene Michael Gambon drank some sort of milky mixture and praises stunt woman who played the Inferi
Dan says that Michael has not yet filmed his scenes for DH (oops secret revealed)
DB says Dan actually filmed cave scene w/real fire in tank 20 feet deep
DB said Harry immobilized on tower did not feel right so they went a different path with the emotional reaction, prep for  HP 7 & faith in DD
DB: Kloves is "genius" writer and they asked him to take DD funeral out, he did, they then put it back in & next day took it back out again; felt there were too many endings so funeral was finally cut.Tried hard but decided to just end it there before scene, said actually have phoenix song at end of film but still hard choice
Dan says sense of humor is needed to handle all that comes with the job, ie people making up stuff in paper, etc and you just have to laugh at it all

Phew! We hope to have audio for you posted shortly, stay tuned!

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4452 Points

Oooh, I liked that :)
Found out lots of cool details and stuff!

Posted by Beazy :) (Formerly: MidnightSun321 ) {!!ROAR!!} on December 13, 2009, 10:23 AM report to moderator
4852 Points

Im glad that they are portraying themselves for the epilogue! Very interesting stuff!

Posted by #1 Witch ROAR! on December 13, 2009, 10:58 AM report to moderator
22044 Points

oh God!! i followed this on Twitter!! Long!! XD ILD!!! IRLD!!! XD

50 Points

I didn’t get to see it, but I can’t wait for the audio! Yay for Dan being a Hufflepuff!

Posted by Sammeh on December 13, 2009, 12:14 PM report to moderator
183 Points

I followed on Twitter too! I kept refreshing, hoping for something new, it was most interesting XD

Posted by kingdomkey1121 on December 13, 2009, 12:30 PM report to moderator
2525 Points

Thats a long article.

Posted by The Nerd on December 13, 2009, 12:41 PM report to moderator
462 Points

Even in writing you can sense and feel Dan’s humor… I love it. and I love him.

Posted by harrypottergirlll on December 13, 2009, 12:42 PM report to moderator
711 Points

Hey Sue! thank you for tweeting during this, it was great!

Posted by janspach on December 13, 2009, 01:36 PM report to moderator
3940 Points

yes yes yes…i followed on was wonderful, interesting, and i thank you leaky for capturing it.

Posted by just another weasley ROAR,OoM2GS on December 13, 2009, 01:43 PM report to moderator
1661 Points

I’m so mad that I forgot about this. I really wanted to participate!!!

But I can’t wait to listen to the audio! Dan is AWESOME!!!!!

Posted by cghambright on December 13, 2009, 01:45 PM report to moderator

Great fun, thank you!

Posted by lisamiamoore on December 13, 2009, 02:24 PM report to moderator
265 Points

Great interview. Ok, so when is the recorded version of the live dvd commentary going to be posted? Waiting impatiently for hbp dvd commentary….. :-)

Posted by sgreeter8888 on December 13, 2009, 02:27 PM report to moderator
80450 Points

Thats very nice…

Posted by Won_Two on December 13, 2009, 04:03 PM report to moderator
171 Points

thanks for the tweets and the audio! good little tidbits and I was glad to hear that the epilouge will have the original actors! I hope they do something like this again in the future, spending this time with dan is fun!

and i want bloopers, too!

Posted by cosmo409 on December 13, 2009, 04:04 PM report to moderator
307 Points

haha it was brilliant! I laughed so much with Dan’s comments.
“Gets scar on, blood if needed” xDDDDD
I love how Sue is ecstatic about him probably been a Hufflepuff! When I heard it I inmediately thought of her! This is the wonderful thing about HP fandom. :D

I have to say I find it really really nice of Dan how much praise he gives to his castmates and the crew, he could be all day talking about himself, like most actors do. But instead he spends most of the time proudly speaking of the rest, it shows he is quite generous and good-natured.
I hope David Yates is feeling better! It was nice to hear DB, we don’t usually heard much from him!

Posted by ethanHP on December 13, 2009, 09:36 PM report to moderator
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