Daniel Radcliffe Reflects On 'Harry Potter'
Actor Daniel Radcliffe, best known for portraying the young wizard Harry Potter, recently spoke with Parade Magazine, reflecting on the last 10 years of Potter films.
Daniel Radcliffe has grown up on the big screen as the young wizard Harry Potter.
Now, after ten years and seven hugely successful films, the 22-year-old actor is reaching the end of the magical odyssey with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2. Parade's Jeanne Wolf found out about the incredible journey he's taken.
Is it really over?
"J. K. Rowling pretty much promised me that she wasn't going to write any more Harry Potter books. But, subsequently, I've heard she's been quoted as saying she hasn't ruled it out. So I think the two of us have to have a very interesting conversation at some point in the near future."
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It's over for him.
"If they did actually do another film I don't think I'd be on board. No. I think ten years is enough."
What sets Deathly Hallows apart.
"One of the things that makes the biggest difference is that we're out of Hogwarts, which I think immediately lends the film a more kind of adult tone. When we've been in a school, you can't help but see us as school kids. Now, we're sort of just fugitives on the run. And there's so much action. But, actually, it does not compare to Part 2, which is coming next summer. The last film is just an all out action movie from start to finish."
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And then there were tears.
"I certainly choked up when we wrapped. I was crying and so were Emma and Rupert at the end along with the crew, who also had been there for ten years. It was very sad. But six hours later, I was on a plane reading the script for "Woman in Black." Now, I'm five weeks into filming that. So we move on."
What he'll take with him.
"Working with the people I've go to work with, I've gained things I wouldn't otherwise have had. For example, an immense passion about the film industry and a work ethic that I might not have had otherwise. So it's changed me, but I don't think necessarily negatively. It's all been good."
But he had no idea what was in store.
"I don't think anyone would have been able to predict that it would get so mega. But if we'd been making bad films for all these years, they wouldn't have been huge successes. So I think it's a testament to the fact that we've always tried to maintain a certain level of quality."
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Keeping it all in perspective.
Early on in your career you have to be able to separate the person they are cheering for from the person you actually are. They are cheering for a perception they have of you, which is a famous person, an actor and this particular character. So if you start to think that they are cheering for you as a real person then that's when you get big headed and you become an awful human being."
Being rich doesn't hurt.
"As far as the wealth aspect is concerned, I'm in a very fortunate position which has been afforded me by doing these films. I got paid very well for doing a job I absolutely love. When you have that kind of financial security it gives you a lot of freedom as an actor because it means you don't have to do stuff just for the money. You can afford to be selective about what you do."
Always Harry Potter.
"I think to a certain extent it's true that Harry will stick to me. I think in a lot of people's minds I will always be him. It's rather like the mafia, I guess. Once you're in, you never get out. I don't think I'm being typecast so far. But I would never be anything but proud to be associated with this film series forever."
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