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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – Daniel Radcliffe, Part 2

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Unrepeatable abbreviations with Michael Gambon! © Warner Bros

We continue our interview…

In the future when you look back at the sixth film, what do you think are the three things that might stick in your mind about making it?

Unrepeatable abbreviations with Michael Gambon! © Warner Bros
Unrepeatable abbreviations with Michael Gambon! © Warner Bros

Michael Gambon when we were doing these sequences together would come up with abbreviations for the shots, none of which I can actually repeat to you, which some have actually stuck on the Potter set.

One of the sequences I loved doing was with Tom Felton, as Draco Malfoy, in the bathroom. Me and Tom have always liked each other, but we actually started getting on really, really well on the last film, so that would be one of my abiding memories of the film.

And also the thing that we set up on the last film, my fault with somebody in the stunt department, was The Apprentice Club, because we all loved the program The Apprentice, that we set up a club for people who worked there and we got together every Wednesday and watched The Apprentice.

David Heyman said last week that if you guys weren’t able to shoot the epilogue for Deathly Hallows, maybe because of the make-up, then they are not going to shoot it. Is that a relief to you or a pressure to you?

No, that’s a relief I have to say. With the epilogue, I really hope it works and I think it can work potentially, but I think it was very sweet of David to say that, because he wants only us to be Harry, or Hermione, or Ginny, and all the people that appear in it. I think if it can be done right, then it should be, I think it could potentially be a really lovely moment. It would be a challenge for me and Rupert, you can visually effect [the look] but not the performances, we have to change. when we’re older like people do.

I’m looking forward to seeing what happens. I’d rather see another actor playing the part and it looking good in the last part of the film than us doing it and undercutting 10 years hard work by it not looking good. David had gone to an even stronger position that if we can’t do it at all it shouldn’t be in the film. But I’m still confident that we can do it.

What was your reaction when you read the final few pages of Deathly Hallows, and be honest, do you believe you’ve played Harry for the last time when you wrap the movie?

Yes, absolutely.

JK might come up with another book and then there would be a film…

Yeah, well I think we’ll have to cross that bridge when we come to it. As far as I’m concerned, honestly, yes, when we wrap on Deathly Hallows that will be it. I was in tears when I read the final pages of the book, not necessarily because of the epilogue, as much as just the book itself and what it meant to me and how much [it’s been a] part of my life. It’s interesting in all the other books I have been able to maintain some objectivity, just reading it as any other reader would, but on the last one I was mirroring the emotion in the book because I will be very sad to finish these films. It’s such a good book, with such a great few final chapters.

What are your plans and hopes for the future when you finish with Harry?

Hopefully I’ll just keep on acting for as long as possible. Because I’m now in a position where I don’t actually have to do anything if I don’t want to, Harry Potter has been obviously financially very, very good to me, and the joy that comes with that is incredible freedom to be selective, I don’t have to do something because of the money any more, which is an amazing position to be in at such a young age. And if you have that freedom, you have the responsibility to be selective in what you do. Hopefully good stuff will keep coming in and I’ll be able to work with really interesting people and interesting projects.