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Dan Radcliffe Talks Role of Harry in Entertainment Weekly

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Posted by: Edward
May 28, 2010, 08:45 PM

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.  


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34 Comments

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I can’t believe HP’s ending,I’ll miss it so much!

Posted by HP_crazy on May 29, 2010, 10:10 AM report to moderator
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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!

Posted by magicmaniac on May 29, 2010, 11:55 AM report to moderator
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1373 Points

‘Spidey’ ))) sweet!
Great interview! Thanx!

Posted by Pollytomat on May 29, 2010, 01:54 PM report to moderator
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80426 Points

Daniel is getting quite good at these interviews…

Posted by Won_Two on May 29, 2010, 03:02 PM report to moderator
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5610 Points

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

Posted by Peace.Love.Potter ♥ on May 29, 2010, 05:11 PM report to moderator
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1317 Points

Super interview. But Spiderman? That would have been a kick to see.

Posted by hewy on May 29, 2010, 08:01 PM report to moderator
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3752 Points

I can’t beleive that it’s almost over. I dread the moment the credits roll on DH Part 2.

Posted by OddRavenclaw222~WBM~ on May 29, 2010, 08:16 PM report to moderator
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3752 Points

:( sniffs

Posted by OddRavenclaw222~WBM~ on May 29, 2010, 08:17 PM report to moderator
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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 :)

Posted by Alice Weasley{Weasley's Queen} [ROAR!] on May 30, 2010, 12:41 AM report to moderator
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3048 Points

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.

Posted by Kirk on May 30, 2010, 09:42 AM report to moderator
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“spider man spider man does whatever a spider can…” but can he make a patronus? i dont think so :)

Posted by JackMeggers on May 30, 2010, 02:24 PM report to moderator
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3455 Points

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!

Posted by Catherine ( *SQUEE!*) on May 30, 2010, 02:28 PM report to moderator
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they cant end these. im gonna b soo sad, :’(

Posted by hermionenluna TZS ROAR! on May 30, 2010, 06:10 PM report to moderator
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woo go dan

Posted by ZachBlack [ROAR] on May 30, 2010, 09:04 PM report to moderator
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good interview :]

Posted by mai {beatnik owl} on May 31, 2010, 12:13 PM report to moderator
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