Scholastic Interviews Dan Radcliffe and Emma Watson

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Oct 22, 2010

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Scholastic has a new, very in-depth interview with Dan Radcliffe (Harry Potter) and Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) which covers a broad range of topics from the filming of “Deathly Hallows” to how they felt about the the film series coming to a conclusion. Both discuss the hardest action scene they had to film, and both mention scenes from “Deathly Hallows”:

Q: In all the movies, there have been some amazing action sequences. What was the scariest stunt you had to do?
Emma:
There’s a scene where we’re [trapped] in Gringott’s Bank and Hermione
has this crazy idea to jump on the back of a dragon. She’s on this
second story balcony and she jumps off the balcony onto the dragon’s
back and doing that stunt was terrifying because I essentially had to
jump off”it was a mat that caught me”but just doing the jump and
everything was pretty scary.

Q: Daniel, what was the hardest scene for you?
Daniel:

To be honest, a lot of scenes I’ve completely forgotten about because
you film something for 18 months, and if there’s something in the
trailer from the 1st month of filming, it’s like, “Oh my God. I’d
totally forgotten about the scene.” I suppose getting beaten up by
Ralph Fiennes [who plays Voldemort] in the 2nd part was physically quite
demanding. What I love about that scene is that it’s the moment that
I’ve been wanting to happen for years. I’ve always wanted a moment when
the magic is not enough and he just tries to kill Harry physically by
beating him up. So that was a challenging scene, but I mean, there was a
lot of physically challenging stuff in the film, but I love that. I
love running up and down and falling over and getting hit around. I love
all that.

The stuff early on in the 1st part with myself and
Rupert [who plays Ron] where we’re fighting and hating each other, that
was emotionally challenging, because it’s very hard to hate Rupert
Grint, even in acting.

Both Watson and Radcliffe also discuss the make-up process for the Epilogue scene in “Deathly Hallows: Part 2″:

Q: There is a lot of secrecy as to what your make-up looks like
for the older versions of you. Can you tell us about what went into
looking older?
Emma:
It was a pretty
lengthy process. I think it was like over 2 hours. But it was really
subtle. They had like this thin film that they put on our faces which
went into our wrinkles to make all of that happen. Really subtle details
made a huge difference. I wore fake teeth and a wig, but it all looked
really real, so it was cool.
Daniel: Obviously, I
was concerned about the aging scene and I was concerned about how we
were going to do it and everything, but I tell you the makeup looks
fantastic. Particularly, I hate to say it, but I’m very pleased with my
makeup. Harry ages much more flatteringly than Ron does. I think as soon
as they presented Rupert with the fat suit he was like, “Make it
bigger.” We had great fun doing that scene and I think it turned out
very well.

Additionally, both actors discussed a party Watson held to celebrate the end of filming all the Harry Potter movies:

Q: Emma, you threw a party for the whole cast on the last day. Can tell us about the festivities?
Emma:
I threw a dinner. I just bought a new apartment in London. I tried to
make it look really nice. I bought tons of flowers. I lit candles
everywhere and everyone had place settings and I made food for everyone
to come and eat and also I put together . . . I made like a book for
everyone and I had silly questions like who was your first crush on the
set? What was your best memory? What was your worst memory? Who was your
favorite director? . . stuff like that, that’s just really fun. And
everyone had a piece of paper to write it all down, but we all discussed
our answers and went around and listened to people’s stories and what
they remembered. It was just a really nostalgic evening basically, just
all of us sharing stories. It was a really nice evening and it was warm
weather, so we sat outside as well, and I bought disposable cameras for
the tables, so everyone could use those, and it was just fun. It was
just chill.
Daniel: It was lovely. It was
fantastic. Emma cooked and she was very impressive. She was very much
the hostess with the mostest. I’ve never had a dinner party in my
life”the idea terrifies me, so I would have been so intimidated by that,
but yeah, she got sort of the core of the young cast members and we all
went round to her house and it was great. It was really, really nice,
very dripping with nostalgia, all reminiscing about early days and how
young and cute and innocent we all were. Yeah, it was a really, really
good night and we were all very grateful. ‘Cause to be honest with you,
if you talked to me or Rupert, neither of us would have had the
wherewithal to put together a dinner party, so the fact that she did was
really appreciated.

Also, they were asked what they would do if J. K. Rowling decided to write another Harry Potter book:

Q: If J.K. Rowling called you up tomorrow and said, “I’m writing
another book. I decided to come out of retirement and write more Harry
Potter, would you want to star in that next movie?”
Emma:
Oh my goodness. No, I wouldn’t. It feels so complete what we’ve done.
It would just be weird. No. No way. It would just be really strange.
Daniel: No, probably not is the answer because 10 years is enough. I think the
films have reached a rather perfect and wonderful conclusion, and I have
had assurances from [Rowling] that she will not be doing that.

There is much more to the interview and you can read it all here.





29 Responses to Scholastic Interviews Dan Radcliffe and Emma Watson

Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: That would have been a fun party to go to! The stunts sound fun! Aw, if Jo wrote another book and they made a movie out of it, no other actors would be as good as Dan, Rupert, Emma, and the rest of the cast were. So even though I see why they think ten years is enough and that, sadly, Jo probably isn't going to write another HP, it wouldn't be the same if they didn't star in that movie. The aging sounds great! The makeup artists are geniuses! I love how they make the wrinkles! FIRST!!Avatar ImageJustSayNoToNutbread says: @ #1 Witch ROAR: Finally, a "FIRST" comment with actual substance. ;) That dinner party Emma threw sounds amazing. What any of us would give to be a fly on the wall when that was going on. :)Avatar ImageSiriuslyluvsHarryPotter says: Can't wait to see those scenes! What I would give to have been at that dinner party..... :) Third reviewer! :)Avatar ImageLost Northern says: i have the same opinion of you ...what i would give to have been at the dinner of emma...she's so smart XD like hermioneAvatar Imageblessi says: That was interesting interview. ya! It was nostalgicAvatar ImageWeenyOwl says: Wouldn't it be fun to know who had a crush on whom? Just exactly what they would rather die than have the general public know about, of course...Avatar Imageabandonedboyjon says: haha, rupert: "make it bigger." and can i just say- LEAKY'S BACK!!!Avatar ImagePolka Square says: i would so like to know what they all answered on the crush bit at Emma's party (:Avatar ImageFresca says: I did not know that Voldie was going to beat up Harry! Emma's dinner party sounds awesome. She is amazingly talented and creative! I can not see Ron ina fat suit!! Hermione must become a wonderful cook in later life. Avatar Imagehrslvr529 says: Awwww, this interview is so cute!Avatar ImageNicole says: I hope the Voldie vs Harry physical fight adds as much to the film as the Hermione's parents scene will...Avatar ImageGinnyPotter88 says: Yay leaky's back!!! i was freaking out that my mum blocked the site from me so i would do my homework =] That party sounds awesome and i'm very interested in those crushes!! Avatar ImageGraymayne says: Why did they make it Hermione's idea to jump onto the dragon's back? Hermione is clever and practical but not brave, Harry should not have been robbed of this use of his initiative.Avatar Imagehewy says: They always have to change parts that really need no changing from the original. The party sounds like it was a blast and I agree about the fly on the wall part! Emma really is quite resourceful person to cook for all those folks - WOW.Avatar ImageGryffindor Lioness101 says: I really want to watch the movie now, just to see the scenes they added on and to compare it to the book. Avatar ImageSindi says: Thats so nice of emma :) I wonder what it would of been like for emma and the other cast members to talk about who they had a crush on haha, emma having a crush on tom is so cute :) Avatar Imagehermioneweasley17 says: excellent article! finally an interview with some substance and great questions that aren't too nosy. Emma's got some intiative cooking for everyone throwing that awesome party. I bet some tears were shed during it. Loved the bits about the Wizarding World tooAvatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: Awwww, this interview is so cute!Avatar ImageSigourney1990 says: Aw I love this! I'm so excited for DH to come out and I really can't wait to see it, and I just love the end of filming party Emma threw :) I think that was a really nice, sweet thing to do to bring everyone together to reminisce. Avatar ImageHarrypotterultrafan says: Brilliant :) i love emma :)Avatar Image2tal says: It's a nice interview. I've got to believe these folks are getting tired of doing them though. It won't end until some time after part 2 comes out ... It is funny though because I am just as fascinated by the stories as ever. Avatar Imagejessyginny says: OMG I LOVE this interview, I wanna save it forever!!:) Aww it´s was so sweet of Emma to have a party for them all, it made me so happy to read that!:D They´re like a big family!:)Avatar ImageAgrippa1 says: Fabulous interview! And Emma's party sounds like a wonderful send-off. I am SO pumped for the movie next month!!!Avatar ImageHagrid 713 says: Good interview, good stuff -- oh to be a fly on the wall at that dinner party - to listen to the memories, the crushes, the laughs!!Avatar Imagesiena says: It seems a bit strange that Voldemort resorts to beating Harry ... I don't know ... I mean from the trailer we already know that film-Voldemort is going to be more hands-on ( I am referring to the scene where Fiennes grabs Radcliffe's face asking "Why do you live?") In an interview Yates or Heyman said that they deemed the fight scenes between Harry and Voldemort too short in the books - so they wanted to flesh them out a bit ... but isn't the ultimate show-down all about the Elder Wand? Ah well, but maybe I should stop speculating. I got my ticket yesterday which makes it all the more real for me. Avatar Imageginnyshiel says: I would have loved to sit beside all of them and just listen to these stories. MAybe better than the big wrap-party in the studios.Avatar ImageNumeroUnoFan says: so bummed about their attitudes on it but thats their choice so its alright Avatar ImagePotionsMaster7 says: If I was either one of them I think that I would do another movie, because obviously it wouldn't be a huge role. They would just be there for show. But I'd do see what they mean because it might be strange for them to leave with a sense of completeness and then just show up again.Avatar Imagehonigmuffin says: Only got around to reading the interview now. Oh, how I would have loved to be at that dinner party!

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