Dan Radcliffe Talks Role of Harry in Entertainment Weekly


May 28, 2010

Posted by EdwardTLC

As readers will recall, yesterday we first told you that the upcoming issue of Entertainment Weekly had included Harry Potter in their list of the 100 Greatest Characters of the Last 20 Years, as part of a celebration of the magazine’s twentieth anniversary. This issue hit newsstands this morning, and we now have for you the text of a short Q&A with actor Dan Radcliffe (Harry Potter) contained in the article.

EW: You were 11 when you were cast as Harry Potter, who was already a global phenom. Did you feel pressure?

DR: If I had been older and slightly more self-aware about the following that Harry had, I would have been slightly more intimidated. Ignorance and confidence of youth- it’s enough to transcend that.

EW: How did you go about creating Harry? And how has your perception changed over the years?

DR: In the beginning, creating the character was all about the costume and the look. That’s how people thought of him. In terms of what I did to prepare, it was very much: Just learn the lines. I’m aware now that there are so many different ways to play any one line.

EW: What makes Harry interesting for you to play?

DR: That he is not perfect. He’s capable of being quite arrogant, quite stubborn, pigheaded, and a little bit selfish. He can make himself something of a martyr when he really doesn’t have to. All those characteristics are wonderful because it separates Harry from the archetypical superheroes hat you so often get in children’s literature.

EW: Has J. K. Rowling offered you advice on playing Harry since the first film?

DR: I did ask her for some advice on the fifth film. I talked to her about Harry’s emergence as the leader of Dumbledore’s Army. She said that it was very important because it’s the first time we see Harry be a leader, and eventually he’s going to have to lead large numbers of people.

EW: If you could have spent your adolescence playing any other character, who would it be?

DR: I was always unbelievably jealous of Tobey Maguire playing Spider-Man. I do think Spidey is the coolest of superheroes.

37 Responses to Dan Radcliffe Talks Role of Harry in Entertainment Weekly

Avatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: i dont want it to end :( its gonna be sooo sad.. he'll finally have to put up the round glasses forever :'(Avatar Imagedeven4191 says: I think a little part of me will die when the credits roll on the last movie, I never want it to end :(Avatar ImageLittle Light says: I know a HUGE part of me will die when this finally ends. Don't!!!Avatar Imageharrypotterfreak101 says: Why doesn't J.K Rowling write another book, my heart will truly shatter into smithirines when this whole phenomenom will end.....Avatar Imagejhangelgurl says: Loved the mini interview. Great to hear his view on his character. Avatar Imageazaadpotter says: nice. i really like him Avatar Imagefindthefourth says: Hee. It's great that he's such a Spiderman fan - that just makes me giggle.Avatar Imagepotterforpresident says: Ha ha, Spider-Man's like my all-time favourite superhero, too. That's why I'm not going to go see Spider-Man 4 if Tobey Maguire's not in it.Avatar Imagerohit_albus severus says: Well the interview was too good:-)honest enough... and even i love spidey...cool:-DAvatar Imagealandoland says: Aronofsky fills his film with a lyrical beauty, a natural grace and rhythm that tracks the story using the emotional journey of his leads rather than the linear plot lines as his guide. He mcsa shifts easily and naturally between time lines, each time period informing and altering the others, the characters slowly learning to grapple with questions of life, death, love gained and soon to be lost. Avatar Imagebeallgood01 says: I may have to go pick up this issue just to have the photos. I'm really looking forward to the final movies but as long as we have the books, read them, and remember the story the saga will never end.Avatar ImageethanHP says: I hope the interview is longer, I really like reading his point of view, and it's been long since we've had some interviews with Dan.Avatar Imagekatherine102678 says: Nice interview.Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: I am glad that he takes JK Rowling's advice because it really is her character.Avatar ImageSmitch says: Good interview! Avatar ImageMarauder4 says: *sigh* the end of the series is unpreventable: probably the saddest/most painful thing I will ever have to endure...Avatar ImageHP_crazy says: I can't believe HP's ending,I'll miss it so much! Avatar Imagemagicmaniac says: sad and kewl cause im an actor thanks for the help dan. and spiderman is awesome i read the comics, he would be better for spiderman than tobey maguire and they are making a fourth spiderman!Avatar ImagePollytomat says: 'Spidey' ))) sweet! Great interview! Thanx!Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: Daniel is getting quite good at these interviews...Avatar ImageScarStruck says: Awwwww *cries* Sweet interview but ahhh the end!!! "- my heart will truly shatter into smithirines when this whole phenomenom will end….." -Posted by ♫Sarita♫ [Roar]! *agrees*Avatar Imagehewy says: Super interview. But Spiderman? That would have been a kick to see.Avatar ImageOddRavenclaw222 says: I can't beleive that it's almost over. I dread the moment the credits roll on DH Part 2.Avatar ImageOddRavenclaw222 says: :( *sniffs*Avatar ImageAlice Weasley says: Great interview! And I agree that it's great that Harry is an imperfect character- he's human and that's what's most awesome about him :)Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: Watching him end his career with Harry Potter will upset me dearly, but I look forward to seeing where he goes next with his career.Avatar ImageJackMeggers says: "spider man spider man does whatever a spider can..." but can he make a patronus? i dont think so :)Avatar ImageCatherine says: ITS NOT GOING TO END!!!! we still have leaky and wrock and PC we just have to stand by thats all!!!!! Jo will give us something new when shes ready! Avatar Imagehermionenluna says: they cant end these. im gonna b soo sad, :'( Avatar ImageNumeroUnoFan says: woo go danAvatar Imagemaimiaa says: good interview :]Avatar Imagefloridianhp says: hahha. he likes "spidey" :)Avatar ImageRavenclawGirl13 says: This is sad, but I'm so glad that HP made the top 100 as no. 2, but how did he not get no.1?Avatar Imagenealiezealbie says: why is everyone saying this will end?! are you planning on leaving leaky? or never reading the books again? or never watching the movies again? or never donning your house tie/scarf/robes/glasses/using your wand? are you going to stop being friends with the people you've become friends with through harry potter? are you going to stop listening to/playing in a wrock band? and are you never going to visit the WWoHP? no? then WHYYYY are you SAYING that its going to END?! cause it aint nevah gonna end, yo! harry potter fan fo lifeeeeee! duhh. Avatar Imagezstarsales04 says: Hello, everybody, I am new here. 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