Lotta Pot­ter

The cast of Harry Pot­ter is ready to leave their mag­i­cal wands be­hind and ex­plore new things in life.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - FRONT PAGE - By SHARMILA NAIR

MY mother once joked that my death cer­tifi­cate would cite “too much read­ing of J.K. Rowl­ing’s in­sanely thick Harry Pot­ter books” as the cause of death. Fast for­ward a few years and I did not only sur­vive read­ing (and re-read­ing) all seven books in the se­ries, I also got the chance to meet harry Pot­ter!

Well, I didn’t ex­actly talk to “Harry Pot­ter” but I did in­ter­view Daniel Rad­cliffe, the ac­tor who plays the young wizard, at the Harry Pot­ter And The Deathly Hal­lows: Part 1 me­dia screen­ing in London last week.

On the day of the in­ter­view, I was sleep de­prived (the jour­ney from Malaysia to London took about 18 hours) and couldn’t feel my fin­gers be­cause it was so cold. how­ever, the thought of talk­ing to harry ... erm, Daniel, kept me go­ing.

So there I was, at the up­scale Clar­idge’s ho­tel in May­fair where the in­ter­view was held, sip­ping a hot cup of cof­fee (I tried to do it the english way and have tea in­stead but cof­fee was bet­ter) when I turned to my right and saw Daniel al­ready sit­ting a seat away from me.

“Erm, when did he get in?” I thought. “And why the heck is he so small?” Se­ri­ously, Daniel Rad­cliffe is a tiny, tiny guy. though small in size, Daniel’s pres­ence def­i­nitely made an im­pact on al­most all the jour­nal­ists present at the in­ter­view.

“I am a lot more hap­pier work­ing than re­lax­ing be­cause what I’ve al­ways done is work. I am more com­fort­able at a movie set,” said Daniel when asked why he’s not away re­lax­ing at a re­mote is­land now that film­ing for the movie fran­chise was fi­nally over.

Mak­ing magic

Daniel was only 10 when he signed on to play the ti­tle char­ac­ter in Harry Pot­ter And The Philoso­pher’s Stone, the first movie in the se­ries. he, to­gether with emma Wat­son, Ru­pert Grint and most of the other main ac­tors in the film, has been in all the Harry Pot­ter movies. they be­came house­hold names al­most in­stantly af­ter the re­lease of Philoso­pher’s Stone, al­though, most peo­ple would prob­a­bly recog- nise their char­ac­ter names more. Just men­tion Harry Pot­ter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley to any young per­son and there’s a chance they know ex­actly who you’re talk­ing about.

How­ever, un­for­tu­nately for Daniel, Emma and Ru­pert, it is quite hard for some peo­ple to sep­a­rate the ac­tors from their char­ac­ters.

While Ru­pert is fine with be­ing re­mem­bered as the gan­gly and awk­ward “ron from Harry Pot­ter”, Daniel and Emma hope to leave their char­ac­ters be­hind once ev­ery­thing is over and done with.

“There will be a cer­tain pro­por­tion of peo­ple who will never see me as other than Harry Pot­ter. But I also credit the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple with more imag­i­na­tion and in­tel­li­gence than that. It may take a cou­ple of films or 10 years, but peo­ple will see me as an ac­tor rather than just this one char­ac­ter,” said Daniel.

While Emma hopes that she is good enough of an ac­tress to make peo­ple for­get that she ever played Hermione, she doesn’t want them to erase her from their me­mory ei­ther.

“She is such an amaz­ing role, I don’t re­ally want peo­ple to for­get that.”

Well, harry, Ron and Hermione are amaz­ing char­ac­ters and it will take a long time be­fore any­one for­gets them. they are best friends in

the sto­ries, and from what we see and hear about them on the In­ter­net, the ac­tors share the same ca­ma­raderie off screen as well.

Ru­pert, whose first pro­fes­sional act­ing gig was Philoso­pher’s Stone (he was 10 then), is hope­ful that the cast mem­bers would make an ef­fort to stay in touch af­ter the ma­nia has ended.

“We’ve been through this unique ex­pe­ri­ence to­gether, so yes, I think we’ll al­ways keep in touch. It’s go­ing to be a lit­tle tricky but it will be worth it,” said Ru­pert, now 22, who with his shaggy hair and crum­pled out­fit, didn’t seem all that much dif­fer­ent from Ron.

It is in­deed go­ing to be tricky for the cast mem­bers to keep in touch as most of them are all over the world pur­su­ing dif­fer­ent in­ter­ests.

Twenty-year-old Emma is cur­rently com­plet­ing her ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion at the pres­ti­gious Brown Uni­ver­sity in Rhode Is­land, United States, and claims that like Hermione, she, too, is ad­dicted to knowl­edge.

“I just love learn­ing. I’m just ad­dicted to learn­ing. I just want to know as much as I pos­si­bly can. It’s never enough for me, I’ll just never stop ... but I like to think that I’m a lit­tle bit more re­laxed and fun than Hermione,” said Emma.

“My ed­u­ca­tion is my num­ber one pri­or­ity at the moment, and the idea of sit­ting down in my dorm and hav­ing a glass of wine (kind of il­le­gal for her to drink in the US, but not in Bri­tain) and pizza is won­der­ful to me. It’s fun,” she added.

But un­like her talk­a­tive and know-it-all char­ac­ter, Emma was quite re­served and didn’t speak much dur­ing the in­ter­view com­pared with the oth­ers. Still, the young ac­tress, whose Twiggy-in­spired pixie cut hair­style cre­ated a world­wide buzz re­cently, sim­ply looked fresh and stun­ning in per­son.

Daniel, on the other hand, is busy film­ing a movie adap­ta­tion of the novel The Woman In

Black, and is also un­der­go­ing lessons for his Broad­way de­but.

“I’m go­ing to do How To Suc­ceed In Busi­ness With­out Re­ally Try­ing On Broad­way

next year. I love sing­ing, though danc­ing is a much harder dis­ci­pline. I’ve been go­ing for sing­ing lessons for three years and dance lessons for two. Hope­fully by the time I get out there, I’ll be ready,” he re­vealed.

As for Ru­pert, he has been signed on to play Ed­die “The Ea­gle” Ed­wards, Bri­tain’s first ski jumper to en­ter the Olympics, in the biopic Ed­die The Ea­gle. The film is set for a re­lease next year, which is also when the sec­ond part of Deathly Hal­lows will pre­miere.

Hal­lows and good­bye

Play­ing char­ac­ters that mil­lions of fans world­wide have grown so much to love/hate can sure put a lot of pres­sure on an ac­tor. Daniel, like his co-stars, have al­ways tried his hard­est to live up to the ex­pec­ta­tions of not only fans, but the bookss author her­self.

“Bizarrely, we never felt much pres­sure un­til this last film. We all started go­ing, ‘If we don’t get this right, we don’t have an­other chance.’ But no one took that pres­sure more gra­ciously than David Yates (the di­rec­tor for Deathly Hal­lows), who was so fan­tas­tic at han­dling it be­cause the rest of us would panic some­times,” said Daniel.

It was def­i­nitely a sad day for the cast and crew on the fi­nal day of shoot for Harry

Pot­ter And The Deathly Hal­lows. Ac­cord­ing to the young ac­tors, there were lots of tears and hugs among cast and crew, many of whom have worked to­gether for over 10 years to cre­ate one of the most suc­cess­ful film fran­chises of all time.

“I was sad for the se­ries to end but the last movie took 18 months to film and took a lot out from all of us. So by the time the 18th month rolled around, we were all kind of like, ‘ Are you ready to fin­ish? I’m kinda ready.’ So it was nice be­cause we were all tired by the end,” said Daniel.

Of course, they were not too tired for a cel­e­bra­tion, some­thing to cap off the decade­long project.

“It was the first Eng­land game in the World Cup 2010 so peo­ple were keen to go home, but we had a bar­beque and I brought my ice cream truck and served them ice cream. It was a nice day, but it was quite sad,” Ru­pert re­called.

All grown: (From left) Ru­pert Grint, Daniel Rad­cliffe and Wat­son star in all the Har­ryPot­ter movies.

Big role: Emma Wat­son as Hermione Granger in Harry PotterAndThe Death­lyHal­lows: Part1.

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