Feature Interviews - Actors >
Feature Interviews - Actresses >
Feature Interviews F to J >
Feature Interviews P
to T > Feature Interviews U to Z > Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint
Radcliffe, Emma Watson
by Brad Balfour
Copyright ©2005 PopEntertainment.com. All rights reserved.
Obviously the best place
to start investigating the fourth Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and
the Goblet of Fire, is to begin with talking to the series' youthful
stars – Daniel Radcliffe (Harry), Emma Watson (Hermione), and Rupert Grint
(Ron) – who held a pow wow in London to enlighten the world and a pack of
journalists. Since Potter and crew face their most dangerous threats yet
with the evil Voldemort's Death Eaters gaining strength and the Dark Lord
trying to rise again--and, since the film's stars themselves are
aging--there may more tribulations with this film than ever before, both
on-screen and off.
While this is probably the darkest Harry Potter film, it is also the funniest. Was
it hard balancing the two?
It was quite difficult, mostly for Steve [Kloves, the screenwriter].
Difficult because there is such a huge audience of children and you get
such young kids who are so into it and the people who were making this
film really felt they didn't want to make it too scary because [that
would] cut out this huge audience who are so passionate and love the
Harry Potter films. But at the same time, they wanted to be faithful
to the book, which is a dark book. I think they made a really good balance
because it is faithful. It is darker, and scarier, but I think that was
the best way to go because from the very beginning it has always been, "We
are going to stay faithful to what this is about." It's not about having
It wouldn't have been so hard for us, as it was for Steve who wrote the
script. To adapt something as massive as this whole book, that was huge. I
certainly wouldn't envy that task. He did an amazing job. To me, the humor
is actually essential to the darkness in a way because if you had that
darkness running the whole way through the film, you'd be tired and it
would be completely ineffective, whereas if you've got the humor, and
what's kind of nice is, that it might lull you into a false sense of
Mike [Newell, the director] never held us back in any way. He really
pushed us to make it real — [he would ask,] "how you would react in that
sort of situation?" He really wanted that. The other thing about Mike is
that he really treated us like adults. He expected us to be professional
at all times, whereas before in some ways…
We could get away with more.
Yeah, but he really pushed all of us.
What about the aging of your characters and growing up on film?
For me, it's great because there is so much pressure on the films to get
better and better, especially after the third one, which for me was great
and there was an awareness that we had to work really hard to go further
with it and to make it better. Otherwise people would be very disappointed
in it. And for me, it is also loads of fun playing Harry as he is getting
older because it is almost as if you go from being… When we started, it
was Harry's 10th birthday, so it's almost as if in real life, not just in
the stories, but with people sort of grow extra emotions, which is partly
to do with hormones and the trouble they cause and partly it's just a
thing about growing up. You have other assets so it's fun playing that in
Harry as he grows older. There is always this thing of, "Will you get too
old for your part?" Well, people play a lot younger than they actually are
in real life. I don't think it is as much of an issue as a lot of people
make it out to be.
There has been a lot of speculation about whether we're going to outgrow
our parts or that the films will take longer than we will [to grow up,]
but, actually, it works out really well because each film takes about a
year and, obviously, that corresponds with us doing our year at school. So
we're pretty much growing alongside them. At the same time it's everything
we're going through. In some case, they actually...
What did you think of your romantic scenes in this film?
You know what? That was really awful for me. And that was great and
fantastic. I don't know if Katie had been in and said, 'God, I hated doing
the hugging scenes with Dan' or something. But, for me, it was great fun.
All of the characters are more sort of in the teen-age of life. I think
Ron was a bit moodier in this one. He has a few arguments and I enjoyed
doing all of that.
In this film, you all have issues with each other. What was it like
arguing with your friends?
I loved all the arguing. It was really juicy. Even though we have always
got along perfectly, I think it's much more realistic that they would
argue and that there would be problems, so I thought it was great fun.
It's quite a dark book, this one, and I think it makes up for a lot of the
humor, which is nice. It's a bit of
Actually, what's nice about what goes on between Harry and Ron in this
one in the tension is that it is funny to someone looking in on it, but to
them, it is absolutely serious and they are really angry with each other.
Each of them feels they have both behaved in a really bad way and have
been betrayed by them and also it's mutual blame. They are both to blame
for how they are acting with each other, but to someone else sort of
watching in, it's quite funny because in the long run it is actually quite
trivial what they arguing about, as a lot of arguments are. They seem
really important at the time and then two years later, you can't even
remember where it started or what it was about.
Now that you have a few movies under your belts, what kind of luxuries
do you treat yourself to what do you splurge on?
I really do like gadgets. We went to Japan last year and that's a really
good place for gadgets. Oh, and when I went to Japan, I got this sort of
spy camera and it was disguised as a cigarette box and that was quite
Probably my iPod. It comes with me everywhere. Everywhere.
I find the iPod thing hard because I'm quite obsessive about CDs and so
I quite like actually to have the CDs with the little sleeves and the back
and the pictures… So, for me, it's mainly CDs and books. I haven't changed
much in the last five years. It's obviously exciting, but that is the
You are part of this global Harry Potter empire and yet you maintain low-key
profiles. Is that going to change now that you're teens? Will you turn
into Lindsay Lohan-like party animals?
Actually not. I think we have kind of a responsibility to that, as well,
and no, I don't think we'll be party animals.
I'm planning on buying twenty Porsches and crashing them all just for
the extravagance. I don't think so. I think it's a really good thing that
we haven't [gotten over-exposed] because the characters are so well-known
and iconic, if we had been going out to every party under the sun that we
were invited to, it would have been hard for people to divorce what they
see in the film from what they see in magazines. So I think that would have been a mistake and that's why we only really go to the premieres. I enjoy not having the high-profile thing.
I quite like that. I feel like I'm fooling people because it's this
massive thing and yet it's still quite a low-key thing. I feel like I'm freaking everyone basically, when you get back to school, as
on the set, originally when you go there, it is like there is a novelty
factor. People go, "Wow, it's that person," like you're running along with
an extra arm or something, but then after a few weeks it settles down, and
people go, "Oh, there's the kid with the extra arm." It doesn't seem to
affect everyone quite as much and actually, the only time it peaks is when
I'm at school—it's only happened once, really—when the third film came
out, then it went a bit fever pitch again. It went sort of mad but it's
not really a problem.
I've finished school now, so I don't get the same sort of recognition.
Getting recognized is pretty weird anyway. I'm seventeen now. You get the
odd person, sort of shouting out, "Ron!" And my hair sort of stands out a
bit at the moment.
CLICK HERE TO SEE
WHAT DANIEL RADCLIFFE HAD TO SAY TO US IN 2015!