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Dan Radcliffe on Deathly Hallows, Cutting of SubPlots and Working with Michael Gambon

Radcliffe Interviews
Posted by: sue
July 02, 2009, 12:34 AM

Dan Radcliffe is the subject of a new profile in the New Zealand Herald. In this run up to the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, we hear from the Harry Potter actor again on the dark material contained in the sixth film, as well as the lighter moments (There are huge opportunities for comedy in the sixth film and we use all of them, even though my natural inclination is not towards that. I love watching comedy but doing it is something else.") Dan also speaks very positively about working with acclaimed actor Michael Gambon, who portrays Professor Albus Dumbledore and has such an important role in HBP.

"I've always loved working with Mike, but I'd never had any big, in-depth scenes with him. It was exciting, knowing we were going to get a good run at those scenes. For the first four months it was just me and him, which was great. Actually when the rest of the cast finally came along, I thought, 'I don't like this'. I'd gotten so used to it being just me and Mike, who by the way is one of the best actors I've ever worked with, and probably the least professional. Which makes him an absolute joy to be around.
He takes nothing seriously, is always having a laugh, yet somehow seems to turn it on the moment the cameras start rolling. Because of our lengthy time together it meant we had the chance to build up a great relationship off camera and hopefully that translated on to the screen."

Of interest are new remarks about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which is currently in production in England. Dan speaks about the decision in the past to cut certain subplots  from earlier Harry Potter films, and notes that with two parts of Deathly Hallows, there will be very little that has to be omitted. Quotage:

I'm very happy that the seventh book is being made as two films," notes Radcliffe, "because I was worried they would have to cut important scenes. For example in the fourth film you could cut out the house elf sub-plot and it doesn't affect the main story in any way. In the second film they cut out the Nearly Headless Nick Death Day Party. In fact that whole character has fallen by the wayside. The problem with doing that with the final book is that there is nothing that doesn't relate to the main story or drive it forward. There's not much you could cut. So we've given ourselves the room and opportunity to do it justice."

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223 Points

That was a great read. It kind of seems wierd that he said that at first he didn’t like having the whole cast there. I wonder… But anyway, I love all of this Deathly Hallow talk. I can’t wait! Thanks Sue, for always keeping us informed! You’re such a Hufflepuff, an amazing hard-worker. :D

Posted by acciodee! [WBM!] on July 02, 2009, 04:51 AM report to moderator

perhaps Dan could use his influence to persuade Gambon to read a certain few books??!

Posted by pottershrink on July 02, 2009, 04:52 AM report to moderator
23113 Points

sound very wonderful!

Posted by oldenoughtoknowbetter♎ROAR♎OoM1, CW on July 02, 2009, 05:03 AM report to moderator
36 Points

dtz great 2 hear… awsum!! x]

Posted by fionadee || *ROAR* on July 02, 2009, 05:56 AM report to moderator
30 Points

Oh, cool, July 9 for the release down here:)

Posted by kiwimuggle on July 02, 2009, 06:31 AM report to moderator
36743 Points

Well, I don’t agree that all DH subplots are important to the main story. The deathly hallows and dumbledore’s past are both irrelevant, but they can’t cut them as the book is named after them !
Yet I am happy that they’re including everything in.

Posted by simos girl {WBM} ~Lemon~ on July 02, 2009, 06:31 AM report to moderator
125 Points

It makes me happy that the actors are all grateful that the film is being made into 2 parts. Not only does it show how much they love working on the films but that they care about it to a point where they want to “do it justice”. Good job Dan!

Posted by Witchlover on July 02, 2009, 06:32 AM report to moderator
925 Points

A very mature interview, not many twenty-year-olds have this self confidence and clarity about their future. His experience in Equus seems to have been an opportunity to judge himself in the real world outside of the comfortable ethos of the Potterverse.

Posted by Graymayne on July 02, 2009, 08:50 AM report to moderator
121 Points

He seems to know already what is important in life because he doen’t just consume everything like most teenagers but he reflects on a lot of things!

Posted by ginnyshiel on July 02, 2009, 09:44 AM report to moderator
212 Points

simos, how are the Hallows irrelevant?! Without them Voldemort wouldn’t have died… Dumbledore’s past isn’t irrelevant either.

Posted by JoRowlingRocks on July 02, 2009, 09:56 AM report to moderator
121 Points

By simos (WBM) “Well, I don’t agree that all DH subplots are important to the main story. The deathly hallows and dumbledore’s past are both irrelevant, but they can’t cut them as the book is named after them !”

It seems you don’t understand the book. The deathly hollows are especially import to explain the story of the Elder Wand and why Harry can win against Voldemort. And Dumbledore’s past is important to understand why Harry has doubts about Dumledore and the way he showed him. If he should better look for the Elder Wand or the Horcruxes.

Posted by ginnyshiel on July 02, 2009, 09:57 AM report to moderator
8317 Points

I really appriciate the decision of making two movies out of the book. A very interesting interview,thanks Dan!

Posted by forgetmenot_007 on July 02, 2009, 01:17 PM report to moderator
879 Points

Awesome news!!! Go Dan and Mike!!!

Posted by Ascendancy on July 02, 2009, 02:11 PM report to moderator
2525 Points

I cant beilive it is almost over!!

Posted by The Nerd on July 02, 2009, 02:47 PM report to moderator
57 Points


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