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USA Today on the Draco and Harry Rivalry

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Posted by: sue
July 09, 2009, 09:56 PM

"Whereas Malfoy's becoming a fully fledged evil person, Harry is maturing into this real fighter," says Radcliffe. "He's not a boy anymore, he's a soldier who knows what he has to do. He's set himself goals, along with Dumbledore. I see Harry becoming Dumbledore's favorite foot soldier in this film."

So says actor Dan Radcliffe in the USA Today, echoing remarks made to TLC earlier tonight during our live broadcast of the premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. In the newspaper article, the piece features an longer interview with both Dan and actor Tom Felton who weighs in on his character Draco Malfoy.

"He's been given a task to obtain the same greatness as Harry has, working for the other side," says Felton. "He thinks he's going to do it, and he revels in the chance to be the chosen one, if you will. He likes to think he's equally strong-willed as Harry, and whatever Harry can do, he can do better. But deep down, he knows he can't do it. There's a real conflict of emotions." Felton relishes the spotlight. He particularly enjoys playing Draco as a conflicted character, torn between his ambition and some trace of inherent decency. His icy parents have bred him to follow in their ominous footsteps, but he's filled with dread."If you're feeling sorry for him, then I've done my job," says Felton.

Director David Yates also speaks to the look of Draco Malfoy in Half-Blood Prince saying:

"I really liked the notion of Malfoy dressing quite smartly," says Yates. "His father (Lucius Malfoy) is a bit of a dapper dresser, too, and Draco's tailored clothes just give him a really singular iconic shape. It's part of this aging of their world. He cuts a figure. In class, they still wear uniforms. Out of class, they start to express themselves, or their aspirational selves."Draco is particularly solitary in this film, sans his slavish sidekicks, Crabbe and Goyle. His hair is longer and more stylish, and he no longer has much use for the teacher he most admired, Severus Snape (Alan Rickman)He has a job to do, and he seeks to prepare for it — without help.

Dan Radcliffe also gives his thoughts on the growing role Harry must take on in this film and the next, stating:

"Whereas before Harry's idea of things was always kind of vague and idealized, this time Dumbledore sits him down and says, 'Look, if we're going to do this, there are some things we're going to need to do, and you are going to help me.' And Harry's more than willing to," Radcliffe says. "This is not child's play. This is adult time now."

Thanks, Jackie!

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435 Points

This article is so Biased!!!! Draco is not fully Evil. He thought and felt that he was doing the right thing for his family.

Posted by Lucius Lovegood on July 09, 2009, 10:09 PM report to moderator
159 Points

i think that tom has done his job with draco cause i feel sorry for the guy just from watching the previews. can’t wait to see the movie.

Posted by sinwillys822 ROAR on July 09, 2009, 10:15 PM report to moderator
250 Points

Tom does such a great job portraying Draco.

Posted by FijiSunrise. on July 09, 2009, 10:22 PM report to moderator
459 Points

I disagree Lucius, I think he was going down the evil path.

Posted by lupinwandcaster on July 09, 2009, 10:24 PM report to moderator
1455 Points

Draco only knows the Death Eater mentality. He was brought up in it and shaped to it. But when he is actually called to do it, he flinches. Remember how he disliked torturing that Death Eater? Remember how he couldn’t kill Dumbledore?

Posted by OrlandoDaddy [WBM] on July 09, 2009, 10:44 PM report to moderator
288 Points

Tom said at the press interview that Draco was a coward through and through. I always saw Draco as weak. I pity the way he was brought up and how he is scared and knows he has to do Voldemort’s bidding or die or perhaps cause the death of his parents. But that was the choice Draco made. It always comes down to choices. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but all I’ve heard is praise for Tom’s performace of portraying Draco’s torment. I can’t wait to see it for myself.

Posted by Fereverto on July 09, 2009, 10:48 PM report to moderator
4151 Points

tom is so amazing as draco. can’t waittt!!

Posted by mai {beatnik owl} on July 09, 2009, 11:07 PM report to moderator
16258 Points

Draco is not that evil hes just mean. He was forced to do those evil things. He did mean things to Harry on his own accord. You see Draco is not truly evil in DH when Narcissa, Lucius, and Bella want him to make sure its Harry that was caught. He seems really hesitant and never says it was Harry.

Posted by Gryffindor1991 {ROAR!!!} on July 09, 2009, 11:23 PM report to moderator
12005 Points

I don’t think JR meant Draco to be purely evil. The complexity and theme of choices was where she was going.

Posted by budgie on July 09, 2009, 11:56 PM report to moderator
80450 Points

Question: Would you let Draco Malfoy babysit your children?…

Posted by Won_Two on July 10, 2009, 12:05 AM report to moderator
6921 Points

Interesting article. Can’t wait to see Draco in HBP and DH.

Posted by badger666 on July 10, 2009, 12:33 AM report to moderator
13757 Points

Malfoy is awesome, not weak.. He is not evil, he is misunderstood

Posted by GTHunter [FTC!] on July 10, 2009, 01:20 AM report to moderator
16692 Points

Draco is not an evil guy, but what choise does he really have? An when it comes down to it, he chooses the ‘good’ way. I have a good feeling ’bout this film!

Posted by Mrs Fred Weasley ROAR! (OoM1) on July 10, 2009, 01:36 AM report to moderator
5439 Points


Posted by Fleur-de- Lily on July 10, 2009, 04:40 AM report to moderator
4452 Points

Malfoy is pretty cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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