Dan Radcliffe Apologizes For Not Being at Comic-Con

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Jul 27, 2010

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In a new interview with Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) the actor expressed his regret for not attending this weekend’s Comic-Con:

“I apologize to all the wishful thinkers for my disappointing non-presence,” Radcliffe said Monday by phone from London.

The actor, who has finished some post-production voice work on
the last “Potter” film, says he is still grappling a bit with the
concept that he will never wear the robes of Hogwarts on screen
again. He still cares deeply about “Potter” fans, though — he sounded
genuinely distressed to hear for the first time about the wildfire
rumors that led fans to believe he would be at the San Diego pop-culture
expo that wrapped up on Sunday.

“Really? Oh, God, I had no idea. I suppose it’s like when I’m at Reading Festival and I hear that suddenly some amazing band is going to play a surprise gig and then it turns out to be total fiction.”

Later in the article he also discusses a comment Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) made at Comic-Con about how he cried on the last day of shooting:

“You know what, I’d love to libel him and call it a lie, but, darn, he’s
absolutely right. We all three of us — me, Rupert and Emma — we just wept. And I’ve never seen Rupert Grint cry. That was really weird.”

You can read more here. You can download Leaky and Mugglenet’s joint coverage of the Harry Potter Comic-Con panel at our iTunes feed, or directly download it here.





53 Responses to Dan Radcliffe Apologizes For Not Being at Comic-Con

Avatar Imagekatielilly says: Aw that almost made me cry when he said Emma,Rupert, and him were crying at the end. Yay first comment =]Avatar Imagerohit_albus severus says: agree with katie...its really sad:( they won't be anymore seen wearing the hogwarts robes.. yup m 2nd:-)Avatar Imageele0206 says: I so so so so so so so so so hope they'll show their reactions to the end of filming in the DH dvd!!!Avatar ImageEmmaria says: agree with katie it's awful to endAvatar ImageCDR says: That's so sad!!!!! Avatar ImageNot Slytherin says: Of course they wept - it truly is the end of an era. :o( I think it's great that Dan and Tom Felton don't mind admitting it. (Rupert needs a hug!)Avatar Imagehermione97 says: Oooh, that's so sad that they cried, maybe I will cry too when I realise that this is all over.Avatar Imageeccentricalice says: I don't blame them for crying, I'll be in floods, and that's just me being a fan, they've lived this story!Avatar ImageMatea says: I really hope it's going to be on the DVD. I would love to see that! and cry with them!Avatar ImageNatalie says: I so wish that they'll include the last day of filming in the dvd edition... (and not in the special-deluxe-i-don't-know-how-they-have-named-it edition but in the dvd that we all buy!!)Avatar ImageJeannine says: He didn't have to appologise ...Dan's real fans know it was his birthday time and we wouldn't have expected him to be at a convention,we were so glad he got to see St.Petersburg ,he has longed to go there for so long and that he had a fantastic ! birthday time.( would love to see that city myself) WB said the major stars were not going to be there...he is so kind to have done so....and love he has no problem admitting his tears over the end of filming and leaving his HP Family behind. I think all of us will be in tears when we see the last film....not just the Dan,Emma, and Rupert.Avatar ImageMistic Willow says: Danial Radcliffe is an AWESOME person and Actor, All of his fans understood his not being there, I hope he had an AWESOME 21st Birthday celebration!!! I also know that it must have been very hard for ALL of the Actors on the last day of shooting, Dan, Rupert, & Emma have gotten pretty close in friendship and I am sure that they will keep in touch with each other as well as all of the other actors that have been there since the very beginning of the Harry Potter Movies!!! We all need to thank J. K..Rowling, because if it had not been for her, the books and Movies made from the books would probably never have happened!!!Avatar Imagerealspace says: Yeah geez, I get choked up watching the trailer!Avatar Imageiamlordcarinax says: i cried when i heard he cried. i feel like the new movie is causing me to do a lot of weeping lately - i dont want it to ever end!! :'(Avatar Imageiamlordcarinax says: i cried when i heard he cried. i feel like the new movie is causing me to do a lot of weeping lately - i dont want it to ever end!! :'(Avatar Imagehadou says: I would be surprised if none of the three main actors cried at the end of filming this series. These movies have been a big part of their lives.Avatar Imagehermionenluna says: id hate to see them all cry :'( Avatar Imagekbicprez says: Why should Dan need to apologize for not appearing at Comic-Con? Honestly, he does have other projects in the works. There is life after HP. I saw one headline that said the trio had “dissed” Comic-Con. OH PLEASE.Avatar Imagemollywobbles23 says: Omg, Rupert cried. brb, crying.Avatar ImageeiVega says: Dan didn't have to apologize. Warner Bros. should. They should have put more effort into their panel. It's not just the absence of Dan that was noticeable. Where was David Heyman, David Yates or even Steve Klose? All the other panels have their producers, directors and writers alongside the cast. Why was there no effort at all to coordinator some group together? Also, why weren't we given the opportunity to ask Tom Felton questions? Green Lantern & Sucker Punch allowed for a line of questions. If Tom was representing everyone, we should have been able to ask him questions.Avatar Imageharrypotterfreak101 says: Oh wow, Harry Potter has been closer to them than to us.....They wept, poor them, "Won't ever wear Hogwarts robes ever again.."Avatar ImageJessSnape says: This whole business of the end makes me weep as well...Avatar ImageNoble Birth Descending says: Honestly, I don't know how you couldn't cry! I can't imagine that you could adequately portray a character without some empathy for them. The end of DH is really emotionally intense.Avatar Imagemaimiaa says: aww. sigh. just let me go cry now.Avatar Imagejacket says: Awww! Now I'm gonna cry! I can't believe it's over! Avatar ImageParkinsonpansy says: Aw poor rupert :"(Avatar ImageIndigoMisfit says: I'm tearing up a bit now reading this (which is embarrassing because I'm in the middle of a cafeteria.) I know when the last movie comes out I'll be bawling with all the other fans. It will be like the 7th book all over again. Avatar ImageShinyPineapple says: "never wear those robes again" :'( when i think about it....when there are no more news articles, no more new trailers, information, commercials, merchandise...my life will be blank...i'll be walking in darkness...wondering where it went... aaaaaaahhhhh *sobbing hysterically* Avatar ImageHagrid 713 says: I agree with what others have said - I think Dan is a real decent human being - the bit about the 3 of them crying at the end doesn't surprise me - I imagine it was emotional for a lot of people but especially these 3 who have grwon up surrounded by this "family."Avatar ImageHagrid 713 says: I just hope that when they come out with the super super deluxe collection of all the movies we get more of the three backstage, etc - not necessarily something as private as the last scene & crying, but I do enjoy seeing them cutting up, or the out-takes.Avatar ImageXyra44 says: That brings tears to my eyes as well. Their journey (aside from promotional junkets) is over and ours is soon to be over. It's been fabulous and at least we fans can reread and rewatch. Dan is so wonderful to be concerned enough over the feelings of his fans to apologize for something he really wasn't a part of. Love how grounded he is.Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: Awww! He is so considerate!Avatar Imagemagicmaniac says: aww!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i hate how they say stuff like I will never wear a robe on screen again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and i dont want it to endAvatar ImageClassicsgrl says: I just wept a little too. Avatar Imagekatherine102678 says: What a classy guy!Avatar ImageWickedLoz says: Really? Fans thought that he would cancel all his 21st plans just for another country's Comic-Con? Haha, I love the guy and all, but something tells me he is not sincere with his apology!Avatar ImageRavenclawZombie says: =( Imagining the cast crying makes me wanna cry. It's like an end of an era!Avatar ImageScarStruck says: Awww sweet Dan.i could cry forever about this.I love him so much. This movie is causing me to cry soo much.It's been 3 years and I'm still crying.Jeez!!Avatar Imagepotterfan4lyfe says: haha(: i almost cried during thee trailer so he shouldn't feel bad haha(: Avatar ImageFigment says: ::Sigh::Avatar ImageJillxoxo says: A thoughtful thing to do, apologizing for something that wasn't his fault. All of the young HP actors have turned into incredibly gracious adults. No wonder they're all so well loved! Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: Dan always warms my heart with how to truly cares for us fans. :) I love that about him, and that he is so genuine. Avatar ImageAnnieFalls says: i hope they have some sort of thing like friends did at the last episode. like a bonus behind the scenes montage thing.Avatar Imagedevilskinn says: omg they all cried :(( Rupert is so damn cute ... I just can't stand it!Avatar Imagedevilskinn says: Dan is a lovely person for apologizing and for being truthful... he's amazing!Avatar Imagekbicprez says: @Wickedloz, I'm with you. He referred to upset fans as “the wishful thinkers”. That seems like more than a hint of sarcasm to me. Sounds like he had a very happy birthday in St. Petersburg!!!Avatar Imagelazykitty says: Sarcasm at it's finest! But it seems to have gone over most people's heads! Really, the people who thought he was going to be there should be ashamed!Avatar ImageQuestyourdreams says: It would have been cool of he was at Comic-Con. But I knew he wasn't going to be there. And even if he was, I probably wouldn't have gotten an autograph anyway. But, it would have been cool just to be in the same place at the same time as him. Though I did see Darren Criss, he was only feet away from me! Took a picture of him, but not "with" him. :(Avatar Imagevespasian68967 says: That's all right, Dan, I didn't make it to Comic Con either. :)Avatar ImageNumeroUnoFan says: dang dude i bet they cried. they lived potter in a way none of us ever canAvatar Imagedoughboy6390 says: I cant believe it will be over soon. I will be depressed for weeks!!!Avatar Imagecritterfur says: Just chiming in with my thoughts, and maybe explaining a few things to those who don't know much about Comic-Con. Dan was a total gentlemen for admitting he couldn't be at the Comic-Con panel, and totally within his rights to do so. However, I don't think it was necessarily a sarcastic remark on his part...if anything, it was more typical dry English humor (which isn't quite the same as sarcasm). Comic-Con is not just some random convention held in "some other country", as one poster put it. It's held in America, yes, but it's basically THE worldwide event for the major movie studios, television networks, and comic companies to roll out their new projects and get the buzz going. It's been around for decades and has grown into a huge yearly event. If there's a big sci-fi, fantasy, or action epic on the horizon, it comes to Comic-Con, usually with its directors, producers, and entire casts in tow. If they can't attend, stars usually make some sort of pre-recorded statement to be shown at the convention (Johnny Depp made an appearance as Captain Jack promoting the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie, for instance). After the huge box-office success of the Spider-Man movies, the X-Men movies, the Batman films (especially The Dark Knight), and also the more fantasy-based films like Lord of the Rings and the Potter films, most industry-insiders know that Comic-Con is pure gold for advertising your film, and many times exclusive footage is shown at the convention that isn't shown anywhere else (like what Melissa Anelli saw). So it really isn't something to dismiss so easily. Avatar ImageVoodooPadfoot says: I think the Reading fest metaphore's a bit stuck up but hey.

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