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Dan Radcliffe Says NO Thanks to Harry Potter, The Musical

Posted by: sue
January 03, 2009, 05:02 PM

Thanks to our Order partner Dan Radcliffe. com, we know of a new video interview with actor Dan Radcliffe via In a delightful series of question and answers, Dan says that he is a huge cartoon fan (loves SpongeBob SquarePants), talks about his Equus work schedule, living in New York city, and says most decidedly NO to ever wanting to be in a Harry Potter musical. He goes at length on this particular subject, showing light-hearted but clear dismay at the thought of such a project, noting this is not what the series is about and he hopes it does not happen ("it would not have my blessing let's just say"). Dan Radcliffe also confirms again that he will begin filming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on February 15.

On a related note, Dan listed his favorite things of the year, noting such things as his favorite tv show ("Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report, definitely) film of the year ( I really liked Burn After Reading. I think it's going to be eclipsed when I see Milk. My dad saw it the other day and said it was amazing, and we have exactly the same taste) and moment of the year ("Being here when Obama got [voted] in. I thought, 'Wow, I feel so privileged to be in the country at this moment.' Then I turned [the TV] over to FOX News and watched them all cry." ) For those that missed it earlier, readers of the same site had voted Dan 'Star of the Year' in a online poll.

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Oh, and one other addition to my horribly long post above…not all Americans are afraid of the word socialism. Anyone who studies American history would see that socialism basically got America out of the Great Depression. Franklin Roosevelt enacted public work programs based on similar programs used in communist Russia at the time. In fact, in Minnesota, where I live, many of our local bridges, roads, and state parks, were created by people working under those socialist programs back in the 1930s. I have to add that I think many of you in other countries think that America is self-contained and close-minded to the point that our news and media only reports lies and biased information, and that all of you have the true news and know what’s really going on in the world. But, to be honest, many foreign newspapers and television shows project and superficial and stereotyped image of America in their coverage, and many of you seem to get your impressions of Americans from television shows and movies. Even Dan Radcliffe has changed his opinions of Americans somewhat after actually living here for a few months…look at his earlier interviews if you don’t belief me. Emma Watson is considering going to college here, because as much as other countries love to portray us as fat and stupid, we actually have some of the best universities in the world. Just please don’t fall into the trap of what you all call “the ugly American” by showing yourselves to be “the ugly foreigner”.

Posted by reepicheep on January 05, 2009, 08:10 PM report to moderator

Agreed, good call.

Need to break the Harry Potter typecast at some point.

Posted by NuttyAsSP on January 06, 2009, 02:33 AM report to moderator
alessa cryshantia

not good idea,actually

Posted by alessa cryshantia on January 06, 2009, 08:04 AM report to moderator
David [

It depends who writes it. If Lena and other amazingly talented people in the fandom were to write it, Harry Potter The Musical would be one of the most amazing things ever. Anyone who says otherwise has to go and listen to some of the music out there… there are songs that could go straight into a musical and send shivers down your spine.

So I most definitely don’t agree with you all in general, though if it was done commercially it would probably suck.

I can’t say as I’d want Dan to be in it though anyway. He’s not a singer.

Posted by David [ on January 06, 2009, 08:08 AM report to moderator
Kiwi Mc I

I haven’t seen fairly odd parents in ages, that show is great

Posted by Kiwi Mc I on January 06, 2009, 11:28 AM report to moderator

Harry Potter as a musical sounds ridiculous to me, but stranger things have happened, so who knows.
There may well be a muscial in Dan’s future, but he’s wisely stated that he wants to be seen as an “actor” rather than a “character” so I’m happy to hear he has no interest what so ever in being part of a Harry Potter musical! He’s already proved he has talents beyond the role of Harry and in many ways I think he’s already moved on.
As far as the election, I didn’t take his statement to mean anything other than he recognizes the importance of it and was pleased to be in this country while it took place. It’s refreshing to see a young actor of his fame and fortune interested in something other than themselves.

Posted by Lynn on January 06, 2009, 12:35 PM report to moderator

I was just reading through all the comments on here laughing at some and thinking through the others and it came across to me (mind you I could be completely wrong) that both sides of the argument going on here have good points but neither seem to even dream of the idea that the other side could have anything right at all. It seems like from what i read Dan was just answering the question, they asked what his favorite things were and apparently being in America when Obama was elected was one of them. Thats not what i would choose since I’m rather alarmed with some of Obama’s views (And I’m not trying to get into a debate about them you can think whatever yall want), but if Dan thinks that he will be a good idea thats his own view. I think however, that the rest of the people putting PotterFaninHoustin down for whatever they think are wrong as well if only for the way they are putting things. There seem to be a lot of logical fallacies in their arguments, most of them are simply calling P.F. in H. names or critiquing his phrases. I think P.F. in H. was a little extreme in his judgment of what Dan said but still there does remain the fact that thousands of Harry Potter fans look up to Dan, respect everything he says and are often likely to be swayed by whatever his opinion is. I think that was maybe P.F. in H’s point that maybe someone with so much influence should have possibly been less pronounced in his ideas. Dan was probably just answering the question without thinking about what might be inferred but really i don’t think it was a big deal. Anyway no matter what i think I’m glad people are thinking about things when they read them. Oh and my admiration to someone who has actually studied the constitution; few people have these days. (should a semi colon go there?)

Aside from all that I laughed SO hard when i heard the words Harry Potter and musical paired next to each other. Still if as someone suggested they did it like Les Mis of Phantom of the Opera it could be good maybe but it would be a stretch. I can see a break dancing Dumbledore and waltzing Dursleys as putting rather a misleading image on Harry Potter.

Anyway this was probably a rather pointless comment but hopefully no one cares…
Posted by Hermione on January 06, 2009, 01:53 PM report to moderator

A musical would be the last thing people would want to do about the harry potter series, it would really suck. The musical would turn into a comedy musical not a dark, kind of scary musical. ew, to the idea. You go dan for NOT giving them your blessing :D

Posted by laura on January 06, 2009, 06:57 PM report to moderator

I agree that a serious Harry Potter musical would be a pretty terrible idea, but what about a comedy (comic?) musical?

Wouldn’t it be great to see a funny musical about Harry Potter’s story from Peeves point of view?!

I would pay anything to see that.

I could just picture Peeves sacrilegious retelling of the story, complete with name calling and profane language. :)

Posted by Abraham on January 06, 2009, 08:07 PM report to moderator

The 100th!!!

Posted by Thio on January 07, 2009, 09:00 AM report to moderator

You all shout down a musical… sometimes the less hardcore fans surprise me so much. Nearly all of the conference-going friends I’ve talked to have said a serious HP musical could be a great and exciting thing if it were done right. It probably would be rubbish if they actually did it but, still… how can you not like the idea? :/ Especially given how much of an important part of the fandom music is. Comments here surprise me more all the time.

Posted by David on January 08, 2009, 07:52 AM report to moderator
anton chen

You guys rock:):):):):):):):):):)

Posted by anton chen on January 08, 2009, 07:02 PM report to moderator

Okay, my two cents: As far as an HP musical goes, I’m against it because I doubt it could be done properly in the time limitations of a musical. It would be too difficult to do a proper musical based on seven books.

As much as I would agree with people who say, “Don’t get political on this site”, I cannot resist adding my comments regarding PotterFanInHouston. Of course Dan Radcliffe is a Liberal. He is an actor, and therefore, an artist. Conservatives spend too much time complaining about art being either elitist or pornographic. They don’t understand most art so they feel the need to cover their inadequacies by pooh-poohing the art and those who create it. Hey, PFin H…you’re just upset because you guys LOST, BIG TIME on Election Day. If you and other Republicans are upset just remember that it was the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and his cronies/"yes"men/enablers who lost it for you. This election was more about getting rid of Republican rule/dictatorship than it was about electing a Democrat. GWB, Cheney, etc. have basically ruined their own party. Instead of expressing fake “disappointment” about the guy who plays Harry Potter stating the FACT that your favorite(only!) news station is BIASED TO THE MAX, perhaps you should think about working towards rebuilding your party’s sullied image. And if my comments make me sound biased, well, I am! I am an American woman, and therefore, a Democrat. There is just no other party for me. I have too much common sense to be a Republican. Sorry!

Posted by iamminerva on January 08, 2009, 09:53 PM report to moderator

wow iamminerva-that was intense-but i totally agree with everything you said. very well put. thanks. :):):)

Posted by kay on January 10, 2009, 09:55 AM report to moderator

Thank you, Kay! Actually, I could have been more intense but decided against it for fear that PFinH would come back here and rag on me for being…oh, I don’t know…female, perhaps? I just don’t get why any woman is a Republican. The majority of the members of that party, especially your more Right-Wing Ultra Conservative types, don’t care about women at all unless they can use them to further their own “we secretly hate women and don’t want them to have any human rights” agenda. Wow, I guess I’m starting to sound like a real feminist! Actually, I’m not a card-carrying one or anything like that but the older I get, the more perceptive I get about the realities of life as a woman. Here in America, we still don’t have passage of an Equal Rights Amendment. Sadly, it has not been just chauvinistic men who have resisted it but some ill-informed women.(“I’m sick to death of seeing things from tight-lipped- condescending- mommies little chauvinists…”—John Lennon) By now, if PFinH is on here he must be thinking that I hate men. Nope, sorry! I just hate ultra-chauvanistic, disrespectful, Republican men! After all, life sure would be boring without two sexes. Gosh, we were talking about a possible HP musical, right? :) Sorry, got up on my soapbox there for awhile. I’ll jump down(for now!) Anyway, I suppose there might possibly be a decent HP musical but I would not go see it unless it had Jo’s blessing…and even then, I still might not go see it. I guess I would first have to hear what the critics, and other HP fans, think.

Posted by iamminerva on January 10, 2009, 12:50 PM report to moderator
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