“Paranoia” Core of Half-Blood Prince Story Says Dan Radcliffe

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Apr 28, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

Wizard Universe has posted a new interview with actor Dan Radcliffe, who weighs in on the upcoming Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. In the article, Dan address the question of what he feels is at the core of the upcoming sixth Harry Potter movie:

“Paranoia. There’s a very strong scene in the film that’s all about Harry’s increasing paranoia about Draco Malfoy becoming a member of the Death Eaters. Also, it seems a big part of all the films, but death. We’re even closer to it in this one because Dumbledore is dying and knows he has to die. And the image of this old man knowing all that is a very very sad one. But he carries on anyway. He doesn’t give up and he absolutely fights until the last minute.”

Dan also reflects on which is his favorite scene in the film, one which involves a Weasley who is our King, as played by Rupert Grint.
I think that I like the quieter scenes. There’s a lot of action but the quieter scenes will, generally speaking, be where the heart is. That’s not to say there aren’t some emotionally quite intense action sequences, but when there are just two people sitting down talking the stakes are very much higher, emotionally. My favorite scene in the film, actually, is one that I’m not in, which is probably not that surprising because I hate watching myself. It’s with Rupert (Ron) in Quidditch practice, and its genuine laugh-out-loud funny. And I don’t laugh out loud that easily.

Thanks much to our Order partner DanRadcliffe.com!

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80 Responses to “Paranoia” Core of Half-Blood Prince Story Says Dan Radcliffe

Avatar ImageHPNAIV says: I can't wait to watch Rupert!! I'm sure the Quidditch tryouts will be great :)Avatar ImageHorcruxalej says: i cant wait to see quidditch again!!! i miss itAvatar ImageHarryRichardsPotter says: YES! LAUGH OUT LOUD, THATS ALWAYS GOOD! Haha :)Avatar ImageMr. Brightside says: It's so funny when they use Greek words. Nice interview, though it's hard to believe that Gambon is funny. But if Dan says so. And there two more, nice.Avatar ImageDanielBonnie28 says: impressive!!Avatar ImageethanHP says: Why is it hard to believe? It's not like we really know much about Gambon. ;) Anyway, it's worthy to read the whole interview, it's very good.Avatar Imagebudgie says: Good interview!Avatar ImageAlbus Dumbledore says: Gambon's as funny as they come.Avatar Imagesunshine123 says: yayaya. qudditch. i rwally can't wait to see it. especailly can't wait to see Rupert/Ron play and Bonnie/Ginny it will make qudditch seem new and fresh if we have different players! Weasley is our king!!!Avatar ImageLillylove says: It's always fun to hear the actors' take on things. I'm getting VERY EXCITED!Avatar Imagetrizia says: Radcliffe is always very generous with his castmates, he always recognites their work and talks about all the scenes, not only the ones he is part of. Unfortunately, this is something the rest of the young cast don't do, I noticed they are very self centered and only talk about their own scenes, and how much fun they had, and what they've been part of, it's always "me, me, me" in their interviews. And it's nice to know Felton and him get on so well. I'm looking foward to see the bathroom scene he talks about. :)Avatar ImageMatea says: finally much more HP humor. I looooved the humor in book 6,its absolutely hilarious,I hope they kept that in the movie...and with Rupert-it must be!Avatar ImageNot Slytherin says: Rupert always makes me laugh -- he is so "Ron." I'm really looking forward to seeing the scenes with Draco this time around, too. Yay for HBP.Avatar Imagespicefan1978 says: I can't wait to see that scene in the film! Quidditch in HBP looks so good!Avatar ImageLinnyish says: Oh Rupert. <3 :)Avatar Imageavrenim says: can they just release this movie already?! Avatar ImageGarden State Geek says: This is a very enlightening interview. Avatar Imagekamidee says: Well I don't think the cast members are self centered Trizia, its probably more just about the questions they are asked. 0_oAvatar ImageMary11_hplvr4l says: aw can't wait to see Rupert <3Avatar ImageHarryLight says: Daniel get's more and more mature and prfessional as time goes by. Can't wait to see him at, say, 30!Avatar ImageGraymayne says: Dan always gives good value in an interview, he has learned his craft well.Avatar Imagemaimiaa says: can't wait for this movie! :DAvatar ImageHROAR Mudblood Proud says: Sounds like they're keeping some of the book with the Quidditch, which I like. Paranoia- it seems like it but Harry was right, wasn't he? I do understand where he's coming from though- as Harry kept focusing back on catching Draco we, the readers, were supposed to get as annoyed with him as Ron and Hermione were. Avatar ImageErinM says: I love Dan!Avatar ImageEnricoDc says: Dan said: ...in the bathroom "Me and Tom have always liked each other. Wow! How sweet. I'm really excited right now. :)Avatar ImageEnricoDc says: Dan said: ...in the bathroom "Me and Tom have always liked each other. Wow! How sweet. I'm really excited right now. :)Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: After hearing Daniel Radcliffe's thoughts, I am certainly excited to see the scenes he described! It looks as though Rupert will deliver plenty of comic relief in this film; one can only hope that Kloves has created a script that does not distort the value of his character as his previous ones have.Avatar ImageeiVega says: Aww, very nice interview. It makes me hopeful about the greater depth of the film.Avatar Imagekira902k says: wait... WHAT? am i the only one who sees this???? dumbledore knows he's dying? does that mean that they are going to tell us, the audience, about dumbledores cursed hand in the sixth movie!?!?!?!?!? no. one of the best parts of DH is when you find out that Dumbledore was going to die anyways! they can't spoil it, and tell the audience BEFORE he dies!! Avatar ImageDragomir Despard says: it is on like donkey kong playing quidditchAvatar ImageDragomir Despard says: it is on like donkey kong playing quidditchAvatar Imageharrypotterfan5324 says: SO glad that quidditch is back...and i LOVE rupert...hes so cool (and hot) but yea....cant wait for HBP!!Avatar Imagemaera-kyrie says: I like Dan's little insights and reviews on the films and stories. He's very perceptive. :)Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: Yeah, i was surprised that dan just came out and talked about Dumbledore's death... i mean we all know about it as we read the book but the all of the movie audience doesn't know the outcome of the book and thus the movie! But, i love that Dan is giving props to Rupert! Hooray for seeing a proper quidditch match in the hbp! It's been so long since we've seen one in the movies! :)Avatar ImageJersey says: I can't wait to see Ron playing QuidditchAvatar Imagemuzic823 says: Yet another fantastic interview with Dan! He's hung on to reality quite well over the years of chaos and fame.Avatar Imagefan.numero1 says: awwwwwwww. i love dan!<33Avatar ImageJTEL99 says: Yay, we get to see quidditch again! I'm glad to see the movie has some light-hearted moments in it too.Avatar Imageoldenoughtoknowbetter says: I'm looking forward to the quidditch scenes tool I have missed themAvatar Imagelisajean65 says: I was hoping they were going to keep at least some of Harry's paranoia over Malfoy in the movie. I think this is going to be an excellent movie!Avatar Imagethe_spectacle says: That was a great interview. I can't wait for 'Weasley is our King.'Avatar Imagehbp will be betterthan tdk says: i thnk rupert has more commanding role in this movie than danAvatar Imagecghambright says: Great interview with DAn...I can't wait to see the Quidditch tryouts scene with Rupert. The interview with Emma Watson is up now and she also mentioned that scene. I just want to see this movie and them talking about it is only making my anticipation worse!!Avatar Imageanisia says: I can't wait for the movie! :) Good interview! Avatar Imageiconshero says: Good stuff!Avatar Imageblackhair says: well i hope there are more then 1 Quidditch match im looking forward to Luna's Commentary Looser's Lurgy :)Avatar ImageLeo_Lovegood says: This interview gave me chiils. XDAvatar Imagewitch_fairy says: Dan is in love with Rupert. LOL just kidding! XDAvatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: It's a good interview.Avatar Imageluna.quibbler says: all sounds marvelous!! Avatar Imagekbicprez says: In a new interview, both Dan & Emma say how funny Rupert's Quidditch scene is. I remember how funny that scene was to read and Rupert is such a talented actor. Should be a slam dunk. Weasley is our King!Avatar ImageSmitch says: Dan is so well spoken. I am now that much more curious about Michael Gambon. Avatar Imageele0206 says: I LOVE DAN!!!!!!!!!! wow...Avatar Imagemugglemom4 says: Squee! Quiditch!Avatar Imagespunky_munky11 says: cant wait, sooo excited squeeAvatar Imagemhaeyemhaeye says: Oh Rupes! I love Rupes! I bet he will be awesome in HBP! I can't wait! 78 days more!Avatar ImageCool Grandma2 says: Now this was an interview that makes you excited to see the movie.Avatar Imagephantomdave79 says: very cool interview. We are gonna be inundated with these things over the next few months.......and I can't wait!Avatar ImageTamyris says: Dammit! I am getting anxious again, I hate feeling that! Great interview! I love Dan´s honesty." I hate watching myself" hahahahahaha. I can´t wait to watch my favourite gingers in the whole world, bringing Hogwarts down! Ron and Ginny! Go Rupes!! Go Bon Bon!! I miss quidditch so much! The last quidditch was that quick glance in GOF. The last real quidditch was in POA. I am still pissed bc they cut quidditch off in OOTP, the film would have been a lot more interesting with quiddicth.Avatar ImageTamyris says: Harry´s paranoia about Malfoy will also be great! I would love to see the scene where Harry is late for a quidditch match when he suddenly sees Malfoy and asks him where he is going and Malfoy answer: "Yeah, I am really going to tell you Potter, bc it is your business. You better hurry up, they must be waiting for The Boy Who Scored or The Chosen Captain..." ( is something like that) is really funnny. Harry was paranoic but he was right to be! Look at the mess that Malfoy did. Almost killed my Won Won !!!! hahahahahaha Harry feels a lot of things at the same time in this book. His dreams were really interesting.Avatar ImagePollytomat says: Dan hates watching himself??? He is over-modest! :)Avatar Imagelevi-OH-sa not levio-SA says: i love dan...Avatar ImageGobbledygook says: i love rupert! he's so great at comedy.Avatar ImageHeavenly_Horcrux says: I can't wait to see the Quidditch scenes!Avatar ImageDanielleD says: amazing!Avatar ImageBrosia23 says: I am very excited that Quidditch is making a come back. I thought, that though OOTP was very well done, I was missed the Quidditch story line. Ron looks great in the goalie get-up! Go Gryffendor!Avatar Imagesupergirlinfrance says: can't come soon enoughAvatar Imagebadger666 says: Cool. I'm definitely looking forward to the Draco and Ron scenes.Avatar Imagepensive says: Dan's modesty has always been there even with the first film. I want to think that this is just British self-deprecation but I kinda agree with Trisha in the first page. Dan's castmates just tend to talk about themselves and their scenes although that could be due to the interviewer too. I agree with the Paranoia theme and I hope they film the quieter moments well. Dumbledore knowing that he's going to die kinda takes away the suspense so I hope they give it a more poignant atmospehere in the movie.Avatar Imageangelac123 says: I can't wait to see that scene in the film!!! :DAvatar Imagebecmajec says: i like harry potter :)Avatar Imageron_lover says: i am so excited! and quidditch will be amazing! well tbh i just love rupert in anything lol :PAvatar Imagelilhpchick20 says: I cannot wait to see Rupert is all his comedic glory.Avatar Imagex_Potter_Lover_Forever_x says: Good interview. I seriously can't wait!! :) Avatar ImageCrown Victoria says: SPOILER. cant wait to see the rupert scbee, this seems like it will be the funniest movie yetAvatar Imagekbicprez says: Does Dan Radcliffe ever give a boring interview??? NO! I'm MAD about this guy!!!!!Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: Weasley Is Our King, he didnt let the quaffle in and thats why we all sing, weasley is our king!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yay!!!!!!! i luv Ron!!!!!!!Avatar ImageCatherine says: cnat wait for more quiditch!Avatar ImageCatherine says: *cant *quidditch sorry!Avatar ImageiLoveDolores says: im fascinated to see how they will portray the greater depth of emotion Jo portrays in the books. it looks amazing though =D

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