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Dan Radcliffe on the High Stakes Involved in Half-Blood Prince Story

Posted by: sue
July 02, 2009, 02:31 PM

The Sydney Morning Herald has a new interview with actor Dan Radcliffe who speaks thoughtfully and passionately about the story involved with Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Dan gives some new thoughts on the part that Harry must play in the tale written by J.K. Rowling, and speaks to both the novel and film of the sixth installment of the Harry Potter series. Quotes of interest:

J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series has been a touchstone for a whole generation of kids growing up: Radcliffe's generation, in fact. So what's the appeal? "I think for younger kids, it's the magic that draws them in," Radcliffe says. "But what sustains them - and where I think Jo [Rowling] is brilliant - is that she makes it mundane. It's household chore magic, which leaves room for the characters."

"Most people seem to see these books as being about good and evil," Radcliffe says. "There is that but I see them more as the story of loss of innocence. It's about a kid who's gone into this world and thinks everything is magical, wonderful and amazing and then realises that this world is darker and more dangerous than the world he has come from. That is his journey."

... Radcliffe says Harry starts to take real steps towards killing Voldemort. As he moves into adulthood, he is laying hold of his world. "And his relationship with Dumbledore has changed completely. It has always been very much that of student and teacher. Now it is soldier and general. Probably the note I got more than any other on this shoot was a reminder of how high the stakes are."

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1317 Points

Dan gave a nice interview the interviewer did quite a disservice to Emma and Rupert. Whole heartedly agree with KellyAnn ROAR that his remarks about them were totally uncalled for!!!

Posted by hewy on July 03, 2009, 09:36 AM report to moderator
307 Points

KellyAnn, the writer didn’t insult them, he just gave his opinion about them. I have to agree with him, Emma always comes across as a “little” posh and Rupert is not the most interesting person giving interviews. I’m sure there are many good things about them, but they are not perfect people and what I found insulting is how some fans treat these 3 as if they had to be perfect.

Posted by ethanHP on July 03, 2009, 09:43 AM report to moderator
1642 Points

the word “dark,darker” is starting to annoy me :D

Posted by Matea on July 03, 2009, 10:52 AM report to moderator
22044 Points

Yeah! good and evil!!! my brothers like the movies an the books!!! but… they are pretty upset because I’m kinda obsess with this HP thing! but I don’t care! I really love it!!!

6921 Points


Posted by badger666 on July 03, 2009, 04:57 PM report to moderator
70 Points

whoever wrote that article was a total jerk.
i like daniel, but they make it seem like he’s the only good, smart, non-superficial actor in the trio.

Posted by duo_93 on July 03, 2009, 06:48 PM report to moderator
3048 Points

I always enjoy hearing Daniel Radcliffe share his refreshing and original thoughts on the series and the thematical contexts within which it operates. He certainly understands, values, and appreciates the delicacy with which J.K. Rowling creates this world.

Posted by Kirk on July 04, 2009, 06:16 AM report to moderator
59 Points

I thought the writer of this story was kind of snarky to all three of them…making fun of Dan Radcliffe because he’s short! But maybe he/she went a little easier on Dan because he was the subject of the article afterall.

Posted by Old_gnarled_woman on July 04, 2009, 09:01 AM report to moderator
44049 Points

Nice interview.

Posted by Dolemite [FTC!] on July 06, 2009, 02:24 PM report to moderator
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