USA Today on the Draco and Harry Rivalry


Jul 09, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

“Whereas Malfoy’s becoming a fully fledged evil person, Harry is
maturing into this real fighter,” says Radcliffe. “He’s not a boy
anymore, he’s a soldier who knows what he has to do. He’s set himself
goals, along with Dumbledore. I see Harry becoming Dumbledore’s
favorite foot soldier in this film.”

So says actor Dan Radcliffe in the USA Today, echoing remarks made to TLC earlier tonight during our live broadcast of the premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. In the newspaper article, the piece features an longer interview with both Dan and actor Tom Felton who weighs in on his character Draco Malfoy.

“He’s been given a task to obtain the same greatness as Harry has,
working for the other side,” says Felton. “He thinks he’s going to do
it, and he revels in the chance to be the chosen one, if you will. He
likes to think he’s equally strong-willed as Harry, and whatever Harry
can do, he can do better. But deep down, he knows he can’t do it.
There’s a real conflict of emotions.” Felton relishes the spotlight. He particularly
enjoys playing Draco as a conflicted character, torn between his
ambition and some trace of inherent decency. His icy parents have bred
him to follow in their ominous footsteps, but he’s filled with dread.”If you’re feeling sorry for him, then I’ve done my job,” says Felton.

Director David Yates also speaks to the look of Draco Malfoy in Half-Blood Prince saying:

“I really liked the notion of Malfoy dressing
quite smartly,” says Yates. “His father (Lucius Malfoy) is a bit of a
dapper dresser, too, and Draco’s tailored clothes just give him a
really singular iconic shape. It’s part of this aging of their world.
He cuts a figure. In class, they still wear uniforms. Out of class,
they start to express themselves, or their aspirational selves.”Draco is particularly solitary in this film,
sans his slavish sidekicks, Crabbe and Goyle. His hair is longer and
more stylish, and he no longer has much use for the teacher he most
admired, Severus Snape (Alan Rickman)He has a job to do, and he seeks to prepare for it ” without help.

Dan Radcliffe also gives his thoughts on the growing role Harry must take on in this film and the next, stating:

“Whereas before Harry’s idea of things was always kind of vague and
idealized, this time Dumbledore sits him down and says, ‘Look, if we’re
going to do this, there are some things we’re going to need to do, and
you are going to help me.’ And Harry’s more than willing to,” Radcliffe
says. “This is not child’s play. This is adult time now.”

Thanks, Jackie!

23 Responses to USA Today on the Draco and Harry Rivalry

Avatar ImageRin68nyr says: Cool! ErinAvatar ImageLucius Lovegood says: This article is so Biased!!!! Draco is not fully Evil. He thought and felt that he was doing the right thing for his family.Avatar Imagesinwillys822 says: i think that tom has done his job with draco cause i feel sorry for the guy just from watching the previews. can't wait to see the movie.Avatar ImagesHeLbsS says: Tom does such a great job portraying Draco.Avatar Imagelupinwandcaster says: I disagree Lucius, I think he was going down the evil path.Avatar Imagejim32809 says: Draco only knows the Death Eater mentality. He was brought up in it and shaped to it. But when he is actually called to do it, he flinches. Remember how he disliked torturing that Death Eater? Remember how he couldn't kill Dumbledore? Avatar ImageFereverto says: Tom said at the press interview that Draco was a coward through and through. I always saw Draco as weak. I pity the way he was brought up and how he is scared and knows he has to do Voldemort's bidding or die or perhaps cause the death of his parents. But that was the choice Draco made. It always comes down to choices. I haven't seen the movie yet, but all I've heard is praise for Tom's performace of portraying Draco's torment. I can't wait to see it for myself.Avatar Imagemaimiaa says: tom is so amazing as draco. can't waittt!!Avatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: Draco is not that evil hes just mean. He was forced to do those evil things. He did mean things to Harry on his own accord. You see Draco is not truly evil in DH when Narcissa, Lucius, and Bella want him to make sure its Harry that was caught. He seems really hesitant and never says it was Harry.Avatar ImagePinkwizard says: niceAvatar ImagePinkwizard says: niceAvatar Imagebudgie says: I don't think JR meant Draco to be purely evil. The complexity and theme of choices was where she was going.Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: Question: Would you let Draco Malfoy babysit your children?...Avatar Imagebadger666 says: Interesting article. Can't wait to see Draco in HBP and DH. Avatar ImageGTHunter says: Malfoy is awesome, not weak.. He is not evil, he is misunderstood Avatar Imagececmal says: Draco is not an evil guy, but what choise does he really have? An when it comes down to it, he chooses the 'good' way. I have a good feeling 'bout this film!Avatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: coolAvatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: Malfoy is pretty cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar ImageR-for-H says: THis is going to be amazing... Can't wait to see TOm in action... Recently I have been enjoying reading his tweets so it has got me well excited to see hoim!!Avatar ImageRhiannon7 says: I try to feel sorry for Malfoy, but he makes it so darn difficult.Avatar Imagebeewell says: The more news we get about this movie, the more I can't wait to see it! Both actors portray their characters precisely as they were in the book. Article is great! Few more days people! Wooohooo!Avatar ImageKC Nox says: dracos not evil :(Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: very interesting

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