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Rupert Grint: Philosopher’s Stone Premieres on ABC

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US TV network ABC tonight broadcast the US network premiere of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in a special four-hour presentation. In exclusive interviews from the Great Hall on the “Harry Potter” set, the film’s stars – Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) and Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) – talked about their work in the movie in interstitials that were featured throughout the telecast. The telecast itself presented an extended version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, including materials not seen in the original theatrical release (basically the deleted scenes on the DVD inserted into the film). And by exclusive arrangement, at the conclusion of the broadcast, ABC aired a 10-minute sneak peek at the third film in the “Harry Potter” series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.


This is a transcript of the interstitials and the 10 minute preview.


Daniel Radcliffe: Hi, I’m Dan Radcliffe.

Emma Watson: I’m Emma Watson.

Rupert Grint: And I’m Rupert Grint.

D: We are delighted to be with you this evening to host the network premiere of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone here on ABC.

E: Throughout the night, we’ll be sharing with you some of our favorite memories from the first film.

R: We’ll also be giving you an exclusive first look at the new film

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which opens nationwide on June 4th.

D: At the end of the film, we will show you a great 10 minute making-of special with never-before-seen film clips, behind the scenes and interviews with the cast, filmmakers and our new director, Alfonso Cuaron.

E: Hope you enjoy the movie!

A Star (Or 3) Is Born

E: Rupert and I were together when we found out that we had the part.

R: Yeah, we were in David Heyman’s office.

E: Wow, that was scary.

D: I was in the bath… um… yeah… (laughter) we won’t go into too much detail about that one!

E: Tell us about your audition, Rupert!

R: I really wanted to be in this film so I made this videotape and at the beginning I dressed up as a woman and then I did this little rap song about how I wanted to be in the film.

D: Can you remember the rap?

R: No, I can’t remember the rap!

E: Oh come on, please!!

R: No, I can’t remember the rap.

D: I met David at the theatre completely by chance one night – he just happened to be sitting in the row in front of me. Yeah, and then I came to the auditions and then I met you guys and yeah, it kind of all went from there.

E: Yeah, because me and you (pointing at Rupert) had quite a few auditions together when we were doing it.

R: Oh yeah we did didn’t we?

E: You should all go to the theatre… that happens…

R: Or dress up as women!

E: Either way!

Lights, Camera, Potter

E: When I first walked onto the set and saw all these people and… oh my goodness… and the cameras and…

D: It was scary at first but it was really exciting I think.

E: …on the first day of the film…

D: It was kind of intimidating because the first thing we were ever doing was with loads of extras…

R: And the train…

E: Yeah, no pressure!

D: Yeah, the train was particularly demanding!

E: I was so nervous.

R: I know.

[clip: Trio and Snape in the corridor]

R: The sets were just amazing, some of them were just really big like this Great Hall.

D: I think one of the most intimidating things is probably the scale. I mean, they are, like, this is huge.

E: I think everyone has visions in their head about what Hogwarts, this magical place, is like but I have to say that the sets that they have created live up to the expectations of the book.

D: It’s weird because when I was reading the books, I always had this tendency to visualize cartoons as the characters – DOESN’T EVERYONE??? (as the others laugh) – so it was really weird seeing it all come to life and be real as well.

E: Great.

The Fame Game

E: I remember somebody saying to me “Would you sign a book for me?”. I could not believe it. It’s so hard when it, like, hits. I could not understand why anyone would want my name on a piece of paper.

D: Especially, I have really horribly bad handwriting. So it’s like, why do you want the handwriting of a five year old on your nice book? You’d ruin it!

E: Dan’s first… well, far from his first… encounter with quite a big fan… A massive fan…

D: I was doing an interview with MTV in America and there’s a girl standing down there in a towel, nothing but a towel, just a towel, with a huge sign saying “Nothing comes between me and Harry Potter”. But she seemed really nice.

E: That’s an everyday thing for Dan you know…

D: No, it’s really really not!

E: Girls were holding up signs with “Marry Me Dan”…

D: Really?

E: Properly.

D: Wow.

Conjuring up Sorcerer’s Stone Memories

D: Quidditch is quite an experience really because it’s very surreal because you are on a broomstick and you’re just kind of being thrown about in front of this bluescreen and it’s just very… It’s not the most comfortable of sorts to play I have to say but the end result is always so good that it’s always worth it in the end and you always kind of have that thought to see you through really.

R: Oh yeah, the chess scene, that was fun because I got to get on that horse. That was really cool, yeah.

E: In the first film, I remember the hardest scene for me to do was the troll scene because of those stunts. I literally ate dust for about a week. Properly ate dust. I had a bump on the back of my head where every time I went under them [the sinks] – bang, bang, bang, all the way down!

D: Yeah, but it looked amazing.

E: Well it was hard but it was one of those things that when I saw it, I was like yeah, you know, that’s really good. It looks good.

The Prisoner of Azkaban: The Magic Continues

D: I think Prisoner of Azkaban, compared to the last two films were… like the second film particularly was really an action movie. The third film is much more of a kind of emotional journey for Harry.

[Clip: Harry and Lupin]

D: My scenes with David Thewlis really make up kind of the emotional heart of the film and they are amazing scenes. They are so moving.

R: It’s a lot more darker as well. There’s a lot more scary things in it.

[Clip: Ron and Hermione outside the Shrieking Shack]

E: That moment we have outside the Shrieking Shack, all those nice hormones coming out…

D: I think the teenage tension between Ron and Hermione with the kind of hormonal thing is actually really funny.

E: There’s kind of a love-hate relationship going on there.

R: Some awkward moments.

E: Yeah, there’s quite a few of them!

D: The hand moment.

R: I get bogged down with the hand moment

The Prisoner of Azkaban: New Film, New Director

D: It was great to have the transition between Chris and Alfonso because we did learn so much with Chris Columbus, we were now getting a chance to put everything we learnt with Chris into practice with a new director which is of course a challenge in itself.

E: I think Alfonso gave us so much freedom. He’d always turn around and say to you “You know what, it’s not me, you’ve got to decide for yourself, you come up with whatever feels natural”.

D: And eventually I think we all got into that and I think it worked really well in the end.

E: And a lot of the things that are in the second one are still in the third one. I mean they haven’t changed – he kept a lot of sets, the same kind of stuff but it’s just evolved. He wanted it to be really fluid. He wanted it to be real. He wanted to take the gloss off it.

Big Bad Boggarts

D: A boggart is basically a shape-shifter which, if it confronts someone, it assumes the form of that person’s worst nightmare.

[Clip: Lupin’s first DADA class]

D: So in Ron’s case it would be spiders.

[Clip: Ron confronts a boggart-spider]

D: That’s gonna be a really funny scene.

E: It will be so mad.

D: That was actually one of the first things we shot.

[Clip: Neville confronts boggart-Snape]

D: Any scene with Alan Rickman in a dress has got to be worth seeing, really!

E: Exactly! Alan Rickman… full blown, you know… the dress… we had the beautiful hat… Great!

The Making of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

D: And now we would like to share with you this exclusive sneak preview of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

E: You’ll definitely meet a few new things – new characters, new creatures and finally, Hermione wearing jeans!

R: As you can see, we’ve grown a bit. So enjoy the show.

[Assorted behind-the-scenes clips]

E: This one is sort of a bigger picture.

R: Yeah, it’s a lot darker as well, there’s a lot more scary things in it.

D: The fact that it’s darker is because it’s in the book.

R: In the second one we had the spiders – that was scary for me, yeah – but this time we’ve got Dementors.

E: It’s a bit of a different ballgame to go from creepy spiders to go to, suddenly, people which suck your soul out.

D: We do have other things in this one.

R: Yeah, the hippogriff was really cool.

D: Prisoner of Azkaban, compared to the last two films, is a lot different. There’s so many different people.

E: Emma Thompson – I was so pleased to be working with her.

D: Gary Oldman – I have so much respect for him as an actor.

E: Michael Gambon entered into his own perception of what Dumbledore was going to be like.

R: He was really amazing.

D: It is a much funnier film.

[Clip of Knight Bus]

E: Smack! Bam! Crash!

D: I get thrown against windows, I’m all over the place!

E: I think you can tell it’s a different director – he’s just done it in a different way. It’s great.

Alfonso Cuaron: Chris Columbus had done the first two films and he had put together a universe that was very eloquent, so I felt very comfortable to play in that universe.

Chris Columbus: Alfonso’s got a real good visual sense, he’s always been really strong with actors. I really grew to care about these kids and I wanted to make sure they were in the hands of someone who would take care of them, who would look after their best interests and I think they formed a really strong relationship.

A: I was the luckiest guy because I got these three kids that they’ve done already two Harry Potters. They knew everything relating about their own characters and the universe around them.

C: I was completely blown away by their performances because there’s such a maturity, there’s such an assurance, there’s confidence.

E: Alfonso, he was very trusting, he wanted us to put a lot of ourselves and our thoughts into the characters. He’d always turn around and say to you “You come up with whatever feels natural”.

D: And eventually I think we all got into that and I think it worked really well in the end.

R: Yeah, that was quite cool. He’s funny, he’s really funny and easy to work with as well which is really good.

E: In the series so far, you have never ever seen us fight and then suddenly in this one, it all falls apart. It’s me and Ron, it gets really bad, it’s the whole cat and the rat thing isn’t it?

David Heyman: The actors are growing up with the characters and the characters are growing up with the story and the story itself is obviously much more mature.

D: In this film there’s a major stand toward the Dursleys with Aunt Marge getting inflated by a spell that I don’t even try to do.

E: In this one, Hermione really comes into her own. It’s like meeting a different person you know, she’s girl power. Malfoy insults her and instead of, you know, keep walking, just ignore him, that’s it – smack!

D: It’s about time really.

E: Take him down a peg or two.

E: We look like teenagers.

D: Yes.

E: I mean, Hermione gets to wear jeans.

R: Ron’s clothes, they stay the same throughout the whole thing, it’s like… Weasley jumpers and poor clothes. I like that, I felt you got into the character a bit more.

[More clips from trailer]

DH: The Prisoner of Azkaban refers to a character by the name of Sirius Black who has spent the last 12 years in prison because it is thought that he murdered, or was responsible for the murder of Harry’s parents. When the film begins, the Prisoner of Azkaban has escaped and he’s on the run and coming to find Harry Potter.

Gary Oldman: I look like I’ve escaped from prison, don’t you think?

D: Working with Gary Oldman this time was just the highlight of my life! When you’re working with Gary, David Thewlis, who is amazing – the scenes with David in the film are just stunning – and Timothy Spall and Alan Rickman all in the same room at the same time, it’s kind of… I was just going to sit down in the corner and be quiet and you guys can…

E: Whoa! No pressure!

Michael Gambon: It’s like every actor’s fantasy isn’t it, playing somebody like Dumbledore, being in Harry Potter, so I’m delighted, I enjoyed the making of it.

Maggie Smith: This is a stunning cast this time and they’re so good, all those guys. There’s a whole lot new. The magic never kind of goes, it’s a magic place to be.

[Clip of Professor Trelawney]

A: She portrays this eccentric character.

D: Professor Trelawney’s scenes are actually, the earlier ones, are really funny.

E: She’s insane. The much earlier ones, she’s absolutely crazy and your reactions to her are really funny.

D: There are scenes of me and Rupert in Divination, just kind of slowly falling asleep…

R: Yeah, snoring, yeah.

D: …and then being woken up by her HUGE EYES behind these glasses!

Emma Thompson: She does see really truly frightening things. She’s looking into tea cups where she sees something very nasty in store for Harry. She ratchets up the suspense basically, she’s there to sort of really get the plot going and get us all feeling a bit nervous.

R: Hagrid becomes a teacher in this one.

E: He is so pleased to be a professor.

Robbie Coltrane: Basically he’s in charge of the magical creatures and some of them are a bit unpredictable.

[Clip of Hagrid introducing Buckbeak]

R: Yeah, that was really amazing – it was like, half horse, half eagle. That was quite cool.

RC: And it’s Hagrid’s job to introduce it to the children and show them how to do it right and how not to offend it or frighten it and so on and of course GUESS WHO gets it wrong.

D: Dobby was kind of the star in the second film and I think Buckbeak’s going to be the star of this one really.

E: So real… so real…

[Clip: Harry flying Buckbeak over the lake]

A: The film is a story filled with magic and magical creatures. Effects are looking really cool. We have a war whoop, the Monster Book of Monsters.

D: And you do kind of think that if all textbooks had teeth and were this vicious, you would pay a lot more attention…

E: …Attention in class, definitely.

A: There’s a creature – the Dementors – they project the fear within.

D: They act almost as a wakeup call, to say “I do have weaknesses, I’m not that kind of powerful or that strong”.

A: The theme of the film – this kid finding his identity as a teenager and he’s learning that both the fears and the power to fight them reside within.

D: It’s more of an emotional journey…

E: Yeah, it’s all emotional, everyone’s on the edge…

D: And then it’s just really exciting at the same time.

The End

D: Well that’s about all we have time for tonight.

E: We hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the film and our special sneak preview as much as we’ve enjoyed making all the Harry Potter films over the past few years.

R: We’ve had a great time being your hosts this evening and we look forward to seeing you again when the movie opens June 4th.

Original article found at Dan Radcliffe.comI May 9th, 2004

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