Dan Radcliffe on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One: “A Road Movie”


Apr 23, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

With press coverage beginning in earnest of late, WB has sent over the latest images from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince contained in last week’s Entertainment Weekly: Dumbledore and Harry on the Tower, Dumbledore and Harry at the Pensieve. HBP Set Previews galore are also set to be released, more on that soon!

In the meantime, as reported earlier this week regarding the potential split of the movies, a new preview of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is contained in the special 20th Anniversary edition of Empire Magazine. Scans are now available here in our galleries thanks to our Order Partners Rupert Grint.net and DanRadcliffe.com where you can see a fantastic new photo of the Trio of Dan Radclffe (Harry), Emma Watson (Hermione) and Rupert Grint (Ron) (a small version of this is also on the cover of the magazine).

The article contains a new interview with Producer David Heyman, and actor Dan Radcliffe where they discuss filming of both movies that is currently underway. Mr. Heyman notes they are still finalising the script for Part Two, finishing up casting and working out the remaining filming schedule. At the time of the interview, Dan Radcliffe noted that he had just been filming “a big fight scene and it’s great. I’m covered in dust and blood, but it’s brilliant. I just get to be a boy and run around!”

Good news for fans comes from David Heyman when discussing things cut from the plot, given they are making the book into two films, as he noted “…in the end I think they’ll be less edited from this film than films past because we have the freedom of making two films and I think it’s going to be fantastic.” Dan Radcliffe continues: “This is a road movie, particularly in Part One of the film. People have been so used to seeing Harry Potter at Hogwarts and we’re just not there for the first part of the film. That seems to have really freshened things up, and hopefully will get people seeing the films with fresh eyes again, because its just a totally different look when you’re not just sat in the same room the whole time. Heyman added: “They’re be a lot of action, a lot of adventure, and it’ll be an ending very true to the books that Jo’s (Rowling) written, so if you read the books you’ll really have a good sense of what’s going to happen.”

Dan also says in addition to filming the epilogue, ” I think for me, that’s intimidating is going to be the walk at the end to meet Voldemort in the forest. That’s going to be really tough, but I can’t wait.”

This issue of Empire Magazine is on newsstands starting today. Thanks so much to Lauren, RupertGrint.net and DanRadcliffe.com!

77 Responses to Dan Radcliffe on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One: “A Road Movie”

Avatar ImageDrome says: A Road Movie? :DAvatar ImageProfessorLily says: I'm always so impressed with Dan's approach to the films. He knows the heart of the film - and the story - is that walk in the forest. He knows that the entire series of 7 books and 8 films are all leading to that point. And Dan will nail it . . . Avatar Imagemoglet says: A road movie? Well yes, a group of friends doing a lot of travelling around, getting into scrapes together, arguments, learning a lot more about one another, testing the bonds of friendship. It works for me!Avatar ImageAubNoelle says: Awesome! I can't wait to see Harry vs. Voldemort in the forest either! Such an intense moment! I'm so glad it's split, and I'm ecstatic we get to see less edited films. If it were up to me, each movie would be 4 hrs long! :-)Avatar Imagemhaeyemhaeye says: Awesome scans! Especially the one of Rupes and Em! :) And yeah, we will rarely get to see Hogwarts and like in the book, they will travel all over, the trio I mean. Awesome! I can't hardly wait for DH and HBP is not even here yet! :)Avatar ImageNatalie says: That's exactly how I pictured the movie while I was reading the book... One has to love Dan for his serious approach to these films.. You can tell that he takes his role seriously and that he understands the responsibity that comes with a part named 'Harry Potter'..Avatar ImageKennedyJames says: Well it's hard to make a 4 hour long movie, i know the fans would love it, but it's aLOT of production time, and the trio would be even older than they are now. It's hard to make a movie that long. And omg I almost started cryingggg, Ijust hit me that they are filming the LAST one! *cries Avatar Imageccking says: i'm excited for the "Kings Cross" chapter to be portrayed in the film = ) great article, can't wait to buy it ! i think my local movie theatre might sell them :)Avatar ImageVideoKID says: Yay dan is amazing :)Avatar Imagesalame says: I'm pleased to hear that they won't be cutting things out too much. If only they could have worked that way with all the films... Can't wait to see Dobby back again and see them camping... and the Ron/Hermione kiss. And the part with the dragon... if they are gonna film it, that could be very cool and impressive. LOVE the new picture of the trio. We need a HQ of that asap. And more from that shoot... please :) Love Rupert and his good old Converse shoes. Avatar Imageshellybasson says: Yay! All i can say...Avatar Imageshellybasson says: Salame - I have actually forgot about the whole Gringotts-escape with the dragon. With the advances in the CG-world that part will really look awesome!Avatar Imageemmalily says: Squeeee! :p The more news we get about the Deathly Hallows movies, the better it looks! =) Avatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: A Road Movie?Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: I guess a road movie is a good way of putting it with all the on location shoots! :)Avatar ImageJeannine says: It is diffinetly a road movie! Dan nailed that about it right off and love his thoughts on the film(s) to come. [liked his reference to furture projects post Potter] Awesome! photo(s) of Dan!! Emma and Rupert looking good too. I may have to actually buy this issue.Looks like a collector's edition . Twenty year aniversary for Empire,Dan has grown up with them.Avatar ImageGoury says: I'm really waiting for the 'Bathilda and Nagini' scene. I hope it won't be cut.Avatar Imagewandmastercalum says: Yeah I will probably cry so much when Harry walks into the forest to meet voldy.Avatar Imagesalame says: @ Shellybasson - I hope so! I was disappointed with Grawp though.. but the dragon in the 4th movie looked great! So i hope it will be amazing :)Avatar Imagebadger666 says: Cool. DH sounds good so far.Avatar Imagejain says: i thought Grawp turned out to be a pointless character. Once JK had created him, it seemed she didn't quite know what to do with him! i feel he was included in OoP (film) just incase he proved to be more important than he became.Avatar Imagemanoj87 says: location and gud way to coomunication . --------------------------- manoj87 --------------------------- District of Columbia Drug Treatment Centers-District of Columbia Drug Treatment CentersAvatar Imageabinar says: I can't wait too, Dan. So excited.Avatar ImageeiVega says: Yay! These things make me happy. Too bad these movies are so far away. I feel that we're hearing so much now that the wait is just going to feel longer.Avatar ImageAngelasCrochetingCorner says: Awesome!!!Avatar Imagelumosshimmy says: I like the idea of a movie being on-the-road, which is what I think Dan means. I think he is brilliant at understanding what a project's about and what it means for his role, instead of, "MY movie is about ME being awesomely Harry Potter". It's a maturity and professionalism that's sooo good to see among actors! I'm also glad David Heyman takes the time to give good interviews - he clearly knows what the fans are eager to hear, like how much editing from the books, etc, Instead of just saying "We're really excited. Hagrid's hut had some changes." Avatar ImagePollytomat says: the new photo of the trio is gorgeous! Gringotts' scene, Kings Cross and the Harry/Voldemort forest scene will definetely be the best sequences of the movie! :) Avatar Imagemaimiaa says: whoa! so cool! everyone looks great and stuff. can't wait for the movie especially for kings cross part. that'll be awesome.Avatar Imagex_Potter_Lover_Forever_x says: Squeeeee. Hopefully this will be the best one yet and they won't cut a lot out :) Oh and Dan is totally AWESOME!!! :)Avatar Imageluna.quibbler says: this is all so great!! that picture of the trio is a little odd thogh... not really sure about dan's outfit... love the other oics and interviews though!!! Avatar Imageoldenoughtoknowbetter says: This is exciting news. It makes me wish they had done OOTP in two movies... oh wellAvatar Imagesplinch says: well for most of movie 1 they will be apparating from forest to forest, scavenging food and bogging down in the mud about what to do, always wondered how they are going to break all that up for the movie because in the book i remember feeling like "god end already" when it came to the long stays in the forest and arguments and such. but it's supposed to feel uncomfortable i guess. if they split it as xeno's house there will at least be the silver doe and godrics hollow in the first one =) Avatar Imagekismatt says: If you get to travel around to location and not have to shoot everything on set it's a road movie! I really hope the cast has a good time stretching their wings a bit. The more info we get about casting and 'they're shooting this part/this scene now', the more excited I get about DH! I really hope you're able to get the HD versions of the Empire pics, too - especially the trio. It struck me last night that two years from now we'll be about a month away from the final installment of the franchise. How sad is that!!Avatar ImageMatea says: wow.what an amazing interview. I don't want to be over...I already see myself...in the cinema...on both DH..crying my eyes out...maybe its better for me to go alone,without my friends. I just can't believe its over..its not just their half-life experience. its ours too. can't believe it..it will be so empty wihout Harry around.Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: I am just enthralled by this thorough preview and may have to purchase a physical copy of the magazine this weekend. It is interesting that they describe the first part as a road movie, but I suppose it makes sense within the context and structure of the plot they are adapting.Avatar Imageavrenim says: it's only right, as the final book with with all the little side stories and such, to stay as true to the book as possible. this is my favorite book.. this movie better do it justice!Avatar ImageStefanM94 says: I think that getting all this information while HBP isn't out yet is fine because every1 knows they've still got that to come first before we begin the countdown to the final 2. However, when we're building up to DH 1 and 2, i think it will be almost unbearable! 10 years of HP and all of a sudden - gone.Avatar Imagemewthree says: just rereading HBP for the 6th time can't wait ffor the film to come out.Avatar Imagesquibcloakmaker says: When I read "A Road Movie" I first thought was this is not a comedy (reference Bob Hope/Bing Crosby Road Movies) But then after that brief moment of "do they realise what they are saying?" I was like they meant that the trio are on the go different locations yada yada yada. Silly people, using terms that are specific to a group of movies.Avatar Imagesquibcloakmaker says: So now we have to start singing because its a "Road Movie" ..."We are off on the road from the Burrow, this travel is hard on the spine, where we're going, how we're going, how can we be sure, I'll lay you eight to five that we'll meet Vol-d-e-mort...We may run into Villians but we're not afriad to roam, because we've read the story and we end up safe at home..." Sorry I really had to, lol. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0035262/Avatar Imageblackhair says: well i would like to see the walk through the forest by Harry! and also the final battle between Harry and VoldemotAvatar Imagejenvomitvos says: wait a minute, since when is the pensieve a big floating lens?Avatar Imageele0206 says: dan's so brilliant! And I love all the pics. Thanks TLC!Avatar Imagekatana says: It's good news that they won't be editing much from the films! I'm so excited for HBP and DH!! I love that we're getting so much info on DH already!Avatar Imagespicefan1978 says: It will be cool to see other scenery outside of Hogwarts. I'm thrilled they are packing as much into the final films as they can. The scans are great, I'm going to have to purchase a copy of this magazine! I'm SOOOOO excited!!!!!!Avatar Imagechey291996 says: This is going to be an amazing movie!Avatar ImageBeAchL0veEr05 says: Oh my gosh, I cannot wait to see Harry vs. Voldemort!!!! :DAvatar ImageHPNAIV says: I just want to know where they'll split because that gets in the way of me daydreaming about watching the movie. Lol. Because I don't know if it'll end at Xeno's, or at The Silver Doe, or whatever.Avatar ImageJessLovesRon says: I don't know how long I can wait, road movie or not.Avatar ImageJessLovesRon says: I don't know how long I can wait, road movie or not.Avatar ImageScottMan says: Very exciting stuff. I like the reference to a road movie. It really felt like that to me; more about the journey than the destination, learning and growing as they travelled.Avatar Imagecallicott3 says: Awesome!Avatar ImageLivelaughlovepotter says: Love the scan of Rupe and Em!Avatar Imagehp29 says: Dan is so amazing, his approach to the films is so great! I love the scans too! Avatar Imagestarlesswinter says: Ugh... I still can't believe they're making this book of last-minute FILLER into two films. Just because there are many pages doesn't mean all those pages are useful. It's unbelievable to me. Sorry, but that's my honest opinion. It's the same issue with book five, which is why it was a smart decision back then not to split the story into two movies. Virtually NOTHING in those 870 (save maybe three or four very small mentions of things) ever came back to serve a purpose in the overall narrative. Those who claim that the book needed to be there for character should realize that a skilled author never gives anything just one purpose. Two of the longest books in this series are essentially about nothing, while one of the shortest books (POA) is easily the best and most clever of the series, actually benefitting from being so tight and expertly paced. The strength of POA is that all the subplots serve a purpose. OOTP's and DH's do not. *Sigh* I just wish DH had never been released. It was so much better not knowing. As for Dan's approach to the films - why shouldn't he understand the films he's making? Hundreds of actors do this; it's their job. It's not like he's doing anything new here, but...anyway, it's good that he's not conceited. And he's definitely grown as an actor throughout the creation of these films. Avatar ImageNot Slytherin says: Yay, oh yay, oh yay!!! I love all this news about the movies!!! (Can't believe we are already hearing about DH when we are still waiting for HBP -- wheels are turning!)Avatar Imagefan.numero1 says: oh. i am going to cry with the epilogue part and the forest part and when dobby dies :( i can't wait! for DH!! :)Avatar Imagestevenk12468 says: I can't WAIT!!!Avatar Imagehbp will be betterthan tdk says: ya superb no more editing amzing news Avatar ImageKara000 says: Ok I am bouncing now!Avatar Imagealegria35 says: excited to see the scene in gringottsAvatar ImageBewareoftheNargles says: Well, I hope Dan really does the ending well. And hopefully it'll be just as good without Hogwarts....Avatar ImageDanielaNC says: Nice interview! Although Kloves has been saying it's going to be a road movie since before the release of the DH book. Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: i lurve the pic of emma and rupert!!!!!!!!!!!!! awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!! they look so adorable!! they should get 2gether in real life!!! they kno eachother so well and they would look gorg 2gether!Avatar ImageethanHP says: That sounds great! A road movie seems like the perfect way to describe it actually!Avatar ImageethanHP says: Daniela, how would Kloves know what the movie based in the book would be before the book was even released?Avatar ImageethanHP says: Daniela, how would Kloves know what the movie based in the book would be before the book was even released?Avatar ImageethanHP says: Daniela, how would Kloves know what the movie based in the book would be before the book was even released?Avatar Imagecghambright says: I'm so EXCITED!Avatar Imagemaera-kyrie says: AAAHHH *excited*Avatar Imagejoeys_mommy says: I know I'm going to cry at several parts but the parts I'm looking forward too is the Ron/Hermione kiss, Harry walking into the Forrest and the best part...NEVILLE CUTTING OFF NAGINI'S HEAD! Sorry, but I've been telling people for years, since I became a fan that Neville would be the turning point in the war! No one ever wanted to give him enough credit but I just knew he was special! OH...and the Prince's tale, I always knew Snape was an awesome good guy! I just can't wait for the movie, Personally I don't think there's alot of filler in DH, JK put most of it in for a reason and I'm glad their using most of it :D!Avatar ImageHeavenly_Horcrux says: I hope this is a road movie! That's how the book was.Avatar ImageJersey says: I'm glad they plan to stay closer to the bookAvatar Imageiconshero says: Road movie, i get it....Avatar Imagemugglemom4 says: It sounds like they are doing a really awesome job. I really can't wait for the movies. Avatar Imagemugglemom4 says: It sounds like they are doing a really awesome job. I really can't wait for the movies.

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