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Daniel Radcliffe on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Published July 14, 2009 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of Warner Bros
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Fans of the J.K. Rowling books already know what’s coming in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The teen wizards start dating. Ron Weasley tries out for Quidditch. Snape takes a blood oath and something bad happens to Dumbledore. Daniel Radcliffe illustrated the difference in movie six from its predecessors thusly.

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“For me, the difference in Harry this year, particularly the big change in Harry this year is his relationship with Dumbledore,” Radcliffe said. “In previous years, he’s always been very much teacher/student. This year it kind of changes to being a general and his favorite left hand. Harry becomes a foot soldier in this movie and happy to do so.”

This new role also makes Harry more proactive. “Also, in all the other ones, you sort of see Harry has been, ‘Yeah, we’re going to get Voldemort. We’re going to get him.’ But he never really does anything towards it whereas this year he’s actually been trying and planning and actually trying to actually do something towards the ultimate destruction of Voldemort. That’s the difference in Harry this year.”


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That aforementioned vague spoiler about Dumbledore also affected Radcliffe deeply. “It was a hard scene for me because at the time, I had never lost anybody close to me. You can never hope to imagine what that feels like or what that must feel like. So I was trying to imagine the feelings and if it came 1/3 of the way close to being real, then I’m happy with that. In terms of losing Dumbledore in the series, it’s very sad for me because I won’t get to work so much with Michael in the seventh film. I’ll miss him because we had a great time together.”

At least the dark moment provides a vision of hope when all the young wizards raise their wands together. “I think it’s actually a really, really moving moment, the moment when the wands are raised in salute and that the dark mark in the sky is slowly kind of eroded by this white light, is a wonderful moment.”

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince opens to theaters July 15th.

For the trailers, movie stills, posters, interviews and more info on the film, go to the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Movie Page.

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