Daniel Radcliffe on ‘epic’ Deathly Hallows, future remakes, and more
With Deathly Hallows finished–and with it the entire series–Radcliffe admits filming the two-part final installment was a long and grueling process. “It was hard. Before, the producers and directors were very good at taking all the pressure on their shoulders, but this time going into it we were slightly more nervous than we were before, because we didn’t want to screw it up as the last one. It was a long shoot, near enough 18 months, but a film set is the best place in the world as far as I’m concerned.”
According to Radcliffe, the two parts each have a distinct, separate tone. “The first part is a very weird road movie kind of thing. The first part is slower paced, but only compared to the second part. There’s more of an exploration of the relationships between the characters, that’s tested for the first times. And you’re not in Hogwarts, which gives it a very different feel from the other movies. It’s a road movie, in a weird way, and it’s how the characters function outside those familiar surroundings. The second part starts as a heist movie and then turns into a war. It’s epic. This is the first time I’m genuinely excited to see the film.”
When asked what role he has his eye on in the case of an eventual remake, Radcliffe laughs, “I don’t! But if I have to, Sirius if they do it in 30 years, and Dumbledore if they do it in 50. Alan Rickman is so indelibly printed on that role [as Snape] for me and I can’t imagine anyone else doing it…but Sirius is the part that everyone wants; Ian Hart had just read the third book on set of the second movie, and he was kicking himself that he didn’t get Sirius. But of course I was glad that went to Gary Oldman, because as you all know he’s my true love.”
For the immediate future, however, Radcliffe is content. “Now we’re on to new things and I’m looking forward to the future. I’m very excited about [upcoming project] The Woman In Black. I think James [Watkins] is great; he’s going to be the next Chris Nolan I think.”
Still, he glows with praise for his Potter director, saying of David Yates (the franchise’s director since Order of the Phoenix), “I’m thrilled that David did them all, he’s the loveliest man, so quiet and soft-spoken, but he has an incredible vision for plots. He can see the entire film in front of him.”
“But I do get really embarrassed watching the early one,” he admits. “I was talking to Emma on set once on set and saying how bad we were, and we were on mike, and suddenly I heard [Goblet of Fire director] Mike Newell shout, ‘You got it because you were both BLOODY ADORABLE.'” Well, there’s one thing that hasn’t changed, right, Potter fans?
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