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Potter Stars: We Want To Do More Films!

Potter fans will be relieved to hear the three young stars of the films say they’d really like to do more than the three films they’re signed up for.

Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry, Rupert Grint, who is Ron, and Emma Watson, who plays Hermione, all said they’d loved working on the films and aren’t going to be quitting just yet.

Potter director Chris Columbus

The film’s director Chris Columbus had said he didn’t think they would continue after the Prisoner of Azkaban, because of it being such hard work.

But speaking at a press conference in London, all three said they hoped to continue.

Click here to check out great Chamber of Secrets pix

“I’d like to do more,” said Rupert. “Maybe up to number five. We have such a good time doing them.”

Wizard fans are on the edge of their seats waiting to see the new film, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, which hits UK screens on 15 November.

Original article found here: CBBC Newsround | October 25th, 2002

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Harry Potter Stars May Outgrow Roles

Written by Hugh Davies

The hunt will begin for a new Harry Potter, if, as expected, Warner Brothers decides the stars who have appeared in the first two films will outgrow their parts.


Actors who play the main characters in the films are already contracted for a third movie, The Prisoner of Azkaban.

But director Christopher Columbus, who made both The Philosopher’s Stone and The Chamber of Secrets which has its UK premiere in London on Nov 3, predicts a change in the cast will be necessary.

He feels that all the young stars will probably leave the cast after The Prisoner of Azkaban. Filming is due to start at Leavesden studios, Hertfordshire, next March, under director Alfonso Cuaron, whose films have varied from A Little Princess to the Mexican erotic hit Y Tu Mama Tambien.

Columbus said: “If I were a betting man I’d say they’ll probably stop after three. If they ask my opinion, my advice would be to go back to being kids.”

The current young wizard is Daniel Radcliffe who is now 13. His co-stars are Emma Watson, 12, cast as Hermoine Granger, and Rupert Grint, 14, who plays Ron Weasley.

Asked about his plans, Radcliffe said:”We’re all definitely doing the third film. After that, who knows?”

Original article found here: The Telegraph | October 23rd, 2002

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Chamber of Secrets Press Conference


There’s a line in the movie of Kenneth Branagh’s: “Celebrity is as celebrity does.” Well, you guys are celebrities. Can you talk about what that has meant in the last year, becoming a celebrity?

Daniel Radcliffe: The best fame has done for me is at the premiere I met Ben Stiller, who is really cool. Then at the New York premiere I met Tim Robbins, so that’s probably been the best thing so far.

Rupert Grint: Getting recognized is really cool. One time I got recognized u pa mountain when I went to Switzerland, and that was cool.

Emma Watson: Probably the best thing is going to the really cool premieres and getting to pick really cool outfits.

This is for Daniel. Chris Columbus said that you developed as a leading man, hero and even a little bit of a heartthrob. Do you feel like a heartthrob?

DR: Personally, I can’t actually see it, but if other people can then great!

TLC: Can you predict one thing you think will happen to each of your characters in the books?

EW: She will do something really clever, like she’ll be a doctor or something, or she’ll be really academic.

DR: Does it have to be my character?

TLC: It can be anything you want.

DR: I think these two [points at Emma and Rupert, i.e. Hermione and Ron] are going to get together. That’s my prediction.

WB Rep: Well Rupert, what do you say to that?

RG: Yeah, that’s what I was going to say as well. I was going to say hope they don’t fall for each other. [said in very ‘teenager, grossed out by love’ way.]

TLC: But do you think they will?

RG: Yes.

Daniel, last year, you were quite enthusiastic talking about music, and I’m quite curious as what you’re listening to now.

DR: I’ve developed an interest – well more than interest – I just love original punk rock now, not so much the new stuff although the Hives are good. I like the Sex Pistols, the Undertones, the New York Dolls, the Stranglers, those kind of things.

Can you describe the fan mail you get, and is any of it particularly funny or does it freak you out?

DR: I’m just amazed at the amount of effort, because around my birthday time I got lots of presents and things. The effort that was put into them is just unbelievable. It’s amazing.

EW: For my birthday somebody gave me a massive, big, white teddy bear, as big as me, and they sent it in the post. I think that was completely amazing, they never even met me or anything.

RG: It was my sister’s birthday, and they brought my sister a present as well.

Chris Columbus isn’t going to be directing the next movie. Are you excited about that, or a little bit nervous?

DR: I think the important thing to mention is that Chris is still going to be around. He’s still going to be there. With the new director it’s going to be exciting. It’s just going to be a different, new experience.

EW: Dan really said everything I wanted to say. Chris is going to be there to bring everybody in, so it’s not like he’s gone forever. Alfonso’s a really, really nice guy and I really think it’s exciting working with someone new.

RG: Yeah, I’m going to miss Chris as well but he’s always going to be around and Alfonso is really good.

This is a question for all of you. This certainly is a more active movie, and it’s darker. Do you think young kids are really going to be frightened by these scenes, the spider stuff and everything?

DR: I personally don’t think so, because it’s all in the book. If you take away the darkness in the film, you haven’t done the book justice. And so if they’ve read the book then I don’t think they’ll be scared at all.

EW: I think fans of the book will be really, really happy with it. I think it just depends on the person.

[same journalist] I was a little scared at times. How about you, Rupert?

RG: So was I. It’s pretty scary. It’s up to the parent if they want to put their child through that.

What’s been the best thing about doing these movies, and the worst?

DR: I think the best thing about it is playing a character who has inspired children and adults all over the world. Honestly, I don’t think there is a worst thing.

EW: Again, it’s the acting, which I really really enjoyed and even, when you take away all the glamour and attention and premieres and everything, it still comes down to the fact that you’re acting. And I just think being with so many fantastic actors, directors, the people we’ve worked with.

RG: Coughing up slugs and coming to New York.

Which was the best and which was the wrost?

RG: Both are the best.

Daniel, Chris just told us that you’ve become quite a film nut, and we were wondering if you could tell us what directors and genres you’re interested in?

DR: I absolutely love Wes Anderson and The Royal Tenenbaums. My favorite film of all time is Twelve Angry Men. I think it’s just one of the most amazing films ever.

This is for all of you – during down time in filming, was there something you guys all like to do together, or what was something funny you guys did during filming?

RG: I don’t know. We did loads of funny stuff, I just can’t remember any of them.

DR: When we weren’t filming I just basically locked myself up in a very small room and watched films.

EW: Me, when I’m not filming, I’m at school, and I play lots of sports and do arts, and hang out with my friends as much as I can.

Dan, your character in this second movie comes back to Hogwarts Academy as a celebrity, like he was treated in the first film, and that that is both good for him and bad. Does your own life reflect that experience at all?

DR: Because I’m at a new school, all the people I’ve met have been absolutely fantastic. There’s no jealousy, I haven’t been bullied or anything, because everybody’s been really nice.

I wonder if there isn’t a spell to fix a wand? I kept wondering about that, if there wasn’t a spell Harry could have helped Ron with through the movie. Did you ever discuss this with anybody? And the three of you seem to be such great kids, but did you ever have a fight? Did Chris Columbus have to come in and referee and say, ‘Okay, make up, it’ll be better tomorrow,’ anything like that?

DR: [very serious] I threw Rupert out of a window. [laughter] No, we’ve never had a fight. The wand thing? I don’t think Harry, in his second year, has quite discovered that [spell to fix a wand] yet.

You guys are all in an age where changes are happening rapidly. When you are acting does Chris want you to still play younger or do you just play your age?

EW: Play your age. It’s like we’re growing up with the books because we’re the same age as them. We’re just growing up with them.

The three of you got a lot of experience filming the first Harry Potter movie. Can you tell me how that affected you this time around, what gave you more confidence than you had the first time, or how it changed things?

DR: I think I was certainly a lot more confident with Chris, and I could take to him more, if I had an idea or something, I was more comfortable talking to him about it whereas on the first one I wouldn’t have been able to do that.

RG: I was a bit more comfortable because [unlike] the first one, we knew what everything was, we knew the scheduling.

EW: I think it’s great. I think everyone’s a lot more confident and a lot more comfortable because we knew the crew and the director, we knew what we were doing, for starters, which was good. I just think everyone came back a lot more confident.

Would you all like to continue on with the series, doing four or five movies up to maybe the seventh book, if there is a seventh book? [TLC thinks this person meant “seventh movie.”]

EW: I don’t even know if they’re even going to make a fourth or a fifth or whatever, but it’s a really, really good experience, I’ve really enjoyed them.

DR: I’m definitely dong the third movie, we all are doing the third. After that, who knows? It’s more or less a year to film, so it’s quite a long time before we have to encounter that decision.

RG: Um – what was the question? [laughter, and Rupert is reminded.] I think so, yeah, I really enjoyed doing them all. Yeah.

WB Rep: You’ll do many as you can?

RG: Yeah, that’s right.

I have three questions for you. The special effects – Emma, being petrified; Daniel, the climactic battle with the snake, and Rupert with the coughing up the slugs – How was it?

DR: The basilisk is, in the books it’s supposed to be I think 80 feet long. And they built 25 foot of it and gave him a head, which was actually quite hard to fight because I kept knocking the teeth out of his mouth. So they had to spend hours and hours repairing it. But that’s how much was actually there.

RG: The slugs was probably my favorite scene because I had to try all these different flavors of slime. There was orange, lemon, peppermint, chocolate, and it made it taste really nice. I really enjoyed it! [laughter.]

EW: Petrified – it was this amazing wax model of me. I had to have a whole [model] made of me. I didn’t actually have to lie there like this [does very cute impression] for a half an hour or anything.

I have a two-part question. Emma could you comment on having to hug Daniel? And my other question is, how are your families dealing with all this attention?

EW: Well…

DR: [very serious, to Emma] Be careful.

[laughter, obviously.]

EW: I’ll be very careful. For starters it was ‘cringe,’ but then it was okay. Where better to hug somebody in front of 300 kids and everyone else in the whole entire world? But I mean, it was okay, it was good. He was really nice about it. You’d think he might not be but, he was very nice.

Dan what were you thinking?

DR: I was thinking, ‘Ew, get off me,’ actually. [laughter] No, I was cool with it, I didn’t mind at all. Mind? Why would I mind?

How are your families dealing?

DR: My parents are really amazing because they help me with absolutely everything I’ve done in my life and I couldn’t have done any of this without them.

RG: Yeah, my parents help me keep my feet on the ground.

EW: My parents, I think they’ve been really supportive.

Which scene from this movie were you most excited to shoot, dramatically speaking as opposed to the special effects sequences? And for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which scenes are you most excited to shoot?

EW: I’m really looking forward to flying on the griffin? Hippogriff, hippogriff. My favorite bit of this movie, was probably the Gilderoy Lockhart scene. I thought that was pretty good.

DR: I think I’m really looking forward to doing, in the third film, all the stuff with Lupin, and Sirius Black and those characters. I think in this film I loved the dueling scene because there’s this huge crowd there and I like filming scenes with loads of people, plus Kenneth Branagh and Alan Rickman together was just fantastic to watch.

RG: My favorite scene in this film was the flying car, because that was just wicked. One in the third film, I’m looking forward to meeting one of the Dementors.

All of us grow up believing in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny and all that, so can you tell us what ages you were when you discovered life wasn’t what you thought it was? Also, if you could do magic, what would be the one spell you would most like to cast?

RG: I’d like to have the flying car, I think that’d be really cool.

DR: I’d like to have an invisibility cloak because then if you get into trouble you run off very, very fast.

EW: First, I still love Santa Claus. And I would like to probably, have the invisibility cloak as well.

In this film you have two great actors, Jason Isaacs and Kenneth Branagh, who are amazing in it. Talk a little bit about working with them. Also, did you do anything to initiate them into the group, being the new guys on the set?

DR: It was amazing working with Jason and Kenneth Branagh. Not only are they two of the most fantastic actors in Britain, but they’re also two of the nicest people. As far as initiation goes, not that I know of.

EW: Yeah, exactly. They’re two of the most fantastic actors on the set, and off two of the nicest guys ever. And also the funniest.

RG: Yeah, I was a bit nervous at meeting them at first but they’re just really nice people and down to earth and funny.

You guys had a jump back in to the second film about three days after the premiere, you started back in. This time you have a little bit more of a hiatus, so what are you up to right now, and will you be working on other projects in between?

RG: The little short gap in between helped on the second one because we jumped straight into it. I did Thunderpants in between the two films – about a boy who farts [laughter] – so that was a different character from Ron. That was good.

DR: Now I’m just at school, back at school. I think it actually helped going from one film to the other; we did get a holiday kind of period in there, but it helped because we were still in our characters right at once. I mean, I know I was.

EW: Yeah, same thing. I went back to school, which was good. Pretty much straight back there for me.

Do you guys celebrate Halloween at all over there?

EW: You know what? No, it’s not as big.

DR: Here it’s so big, it’s huge, people have huge Halloween parties, it’s really cool.

You wish for a bigger Halloween over there too?

DR: Yeah.

EW: Yeah.

How about you, Rupert?

RG: I don’t know, I used to always dress up, but I don’t really do it anymore.

What’s been the most satisfying aspect of all of this?

RG: Meeting the people, going to things like the New York premiere, coughing up the slugs and seeing the final thing is really good.

DR: I think actually one of the best things there is, is actually seeing the finished product, as Rupert said. It’s like you give ten months, you work for ten months, and you finally see it and it’s a really great moment when you finally see it all together.

EW: Oh, you both nicked my answer. Yeah, it’s basically, you spend ten months doing it, and you haven’t seen the special effects, you haven’t seen any of the editing, you haven’t seen anything. And because you worked on it, it’s like this massive surprise when you see it.

What do each of you identify with most about the characters you’re playing?

EW: In real life, I don’t go around saying “Holy cricket” too much, but, I don’t know, sometimes I find myself saying some of the lines from the film, but not very often.

DR: I think I’m going to go and have to have therapy one day. When I keep reading the books, I just find out more about myself that Harry has in his personality too, like curiosity, loyalty, not being afraid to stand up for yourself, getting in trouble.

RG: Yeah, when I read the books I related to them because we’re very similar, we’ve both got ginger hair, we’re both afraid of spiders, we both have a pretty big family, and we both like sweets.

How is Harry like you and how is Harry different from you? [asked by young writer from Time for Kids]

DR: This is the weird thing, I don’t think he’s different. I think sometimes, we don’t break the rules, but we bend them, so I just think we get into trouble a lot more.

This is for all of you. You guys will be 75 years old and in your rockers and still be known as the Harry Potter children. Is there a downside to that?

DR: I think if I do go and act or whatever I do, I think I’m going to try and separate myself from the character. But at the same time, it’s not something that I should ever, and I don’t think I will ever be ashamed of because it’ a huge achievement and something I can be really proud of.

EW: I could be 100 years old and in my rocker and I’ll always be very, very proud that I was in a Harry Potter film.

RG: Yeah, me too.

Daniel – this character has a dark side to him. How do you relate, as a person, to that?

DR: I think everyone has a dark side, really, and however much you like showing or are afraid of showing, everybody has it. So I think it was great to be able to show Harry’s dark side, and it was great to be able to show that he’s not flawless, and he’s not the perfect person.

It’s just been announced that there’s not going to be an eighth book, and I was wondering, you guys are all fans of the series, so what are your feelings on that?

EW: I didn’t know that…

DR: I didn’t know that…

TLC: Nothing’s changed. Seven books. There’s only going to be seven.

DR: Oh, okay, yeah, I didn’t think there was ever going to be more than seven.

It was just a rumor that there would be an eighth book.

DR: I don’t even know what to say. I think probably it will be very sad when the series stops and I think millions of people all over the world will be very upset.

Do you have any favorite subjects in school and do you have any thoughts about what you’d like to be when you grow up?

EW: Favorite subject in school – I’m not very academic, so I would have to say sports or art, but if I had to say academic, it would probably be English or History. What do I want to be when I grow up? Absolutely no idea.

DR: I love English in school, that’s what I really love, reading gand writing. I might like to be a writer. I’ve been given a real love of film from Chris Columbus and David Heyman. I might be like a theater actor, I don’t know.

RG: Don’t have a favorite subject, I think I want to carry on doing this because I really enjoy it.

Child actors notoriously have problems making the transition to being adult actors, so given Chris Columbus had directed other children who have also had trouble making the transition, do you have any fears of taking a wrong turn?

DR: I think you’re talking about Macaulay Culkin [laughter], and he’s actually, at the moment, he was doing a successful play in the West End and I think it’s just recently come to Broadway. I can’t really say he hasn’t done very well for himself.

I’m speaking to the personal problems.

DR: Oh, I think it’s just the way, I don’t know, I think it’s something that’s been made, I guess, because it’s just coincidence that these people haven’t – I mean, they’ve grown up and they may not have wanted to.

Do each of you guys have one thing that’s already on your Christmas wish list?

RG: I just want more slugs, I think.

DR: I think a DVD of The Royal Tenenbaums.

EW: More clothes.

There’s been some interesting news in the last couple of years; people have discovered, ‘Oh my gosh, [Harry Potter is] witchcraft.’ What’s your reaction to those criticisms, and have you encountered anyone who felt that way?

DR: I can’t really see how it’s like Satanism or anything, because in the first book the thing that saves Harry from being killed is the love his mother had for him. I don’t really see how that could be judged as evil.

Is it safe to assume that your voices changed for the second movie and did you do anything about that?

DR: Yeah, it was me. [laughter] My voice did break during filming, but it didn’t, like, get high and low, it went from one to the other. And Harry’s also at the age where his voice might start to break, because Harry grows at the same time. I don’t think it’s a problem.

RG: The characters in the book grow up with us. My voice has broken as well.

I think part of the very new technology that’s available in this film is that you had more interaction with some of the CG character Dobby. Did you figure out a good way to do that? It all worked so well on screen, I wonder how you figured out how to make it work with someone who was not there.

DR: It wasn’t quite not there. There was an orange ball on a stick, which helps. But because it’s so animated, because the actual creature is so animated and jumps all over the place, it’s hard to actually get a fix on where it is at one time. But it was made so easy by everybody around us that we just go used to it.

Original article found here: TheLeakyCauldron | October 22nd, 2002

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Exclusive: Second Film Details Release

The first Harry Potter movie may now have opened – but as director Chris Columbus told CBBC’s Newsround, filming has already started on the second one.

Flying car

Some small bits were done a few weeks ago, he told us, including “a bit of the flying car sequence”.

“And a little bit of the spider sequence. But not enough to merit releasing the film – it would probably only be about two minutes long!”

Daniel Radcliffe says that it was great being behind the wheel of a car, despite being only 12.

“That was so much fun,” he told us.

“We’re in the Ford Anglia and it makes us feel very mature. It’s like we’re driving a car so it’s very cool.”

But has he done any of the Quidditch sequences for the new film, where he takes on Draco Malfoy on his Nimbus 2001 broomstick?

“I have actually – and he’s been on his faster broomstick. But I still prefer mine,” admitted Daniel.

Logging on to Newsround

As for Rupert Grint, what’s he been doing while Daniel’s been whizzing through the air?
I’ve been logging onto the Newsround website, to the messageboard, calling myself Permboy.

“I’ve always logged onto the Newsround website ever since I started auditioning,” says Rupert.

So what’s it like seeing comments like ‘Rupert, you’re the best’ or ‘Rupert we really fancy you’ on the internet?

“It’s weird, but it’s cool as well!”

Original article found at CBBC Newsround | November 16th, 2001

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Wizard School Without the Magic


THE world may not be ready yet for the film equivalent of books on tape, but this peculiar phenomenon has arrived in the form of the film adaptation of J. K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” The most highly awaited movie of the year has a dreary, literal- minded competence, following the letter of the law as laid down by the author. But it’s all muted flourish, with momentary pleasures, like Gringott’s, the bank staffed by trolls that looks like a Gaudí throwaway. The picture is so careful that even the tape wrapped around the bridge of Harry’s glasses seems to have come out of the set design. (It never occurred to anyone to show him taping the frame together.)

The movie comes across as a covers act by an extremely competent tribute band ? not the real thing but an incredible simulation ? and there’s an audience for this sort of thing. But watching “Harry Potter” is like seeing “Beatlemania” staged in the Hollywood Bowl, where the cheers and screams will drown out whatever’s unfolding onstage.

To call this movie shameless is beside the point. It would probably be just as misguided to complain about the film’s unoriginality because (a) it has assumed that the target audience doesn’t want anything new and (b) Ms. Rowling’s books cannibalize and synthesize pop culture mythology, proof of the nothing-will-ever-go- away ethic. She has come up with something like “Star Wars” for a generation that never had a chance to thrill to its grandeur, but this is “Young Sherlock Holmes” as written by C. S. Lewis from a story by Roald Dahl.

The director, Chris Columbus, is as adept as Ms. Rowling at cobbling free-floating cultural myths into a wobbly whole. The first film from a Columbus script, “Gremlins,” had the cheeky cheesiness of an urban legend written for Marvel Comics. Mr. Columbus probably felt like the right choice for “Harry Potter” because he has often used the same circuit boards as Ms. Rowling to design his fables. His “Home Alone” movies, “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “Stepmom” employ the theme of abandonment by parents as if it were a brand name. And like Mr. Columbus’s films, Ms. Rowling’s novels pull together archetypes that others have long exploited. This movie begins with a shot of a street sign that will cause happy young audiences to erupt in recognition, as the dry-witted giant Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane) and Professor McGonagall (Maggie Smith) drop a baby at the Doorstep of Destiny.

Years later Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), sporting the jagged thunderbolt scar across his forehead, is living there with his terrors of an aunt (Fiona Shaw) and uncle (Richard Griffiths).

Harry is the kid all kids dream they are. His special abilities are recognized by people other than the ones who have raised him. Hagrid returns to rescue him from his tiny room under the stairs and clues Harry in about the boy’s inner force, which is why he doesn’t fit into the world of Muggles, the nonmagical and nonbelievers.

Harry is shown the way to Hogwarts, an English boarding school for wizards run by Professor Dumbledore (Richard Harris), where Harry pals up with the gawky but decent Ron (Rupert Grint) and the bossy, precocious Hermione (Emma Watson). The instructors, who rule the classrooms with varying degrees of imperiousness, include the acid Snape (Alan Rickman) and the mousy stutterer Quirrell (Ian Hart).

The casting is the standout, from the smaller roles up; it seems that every working British actor of the last 20 years makes an appearance. John Hurt blows through as an overly intense dealer in magic equipment, schooling Harry on selecting his tools. While shopping for his magic equipment, Harry comes across the Sorcerer’s Stone, a bedeviled jewel whose power affects his first year at the enchanted school.

Mr. Radcliffe has an unthinkably difficult role for a child actor; all he gets to do is look sheepish when everyone turns to him and intones that he may be the greatest wizard ever. He could have been hobbled by being cast because he resembles the Harry of the book cover illustrations. It’s a horrible burden to place on a kid, but it helps that Mr. Radcliffe does have the long-faced mournfulness of a 60′s pop star. He also possesses a watchful gravity and, shockingly, the large, authoritative hands of a real wizard.

The other child actors shine, too. Ms. Watson has the sass and smarts to suggest she might cast a spell of her own on Harry in the coming years and, one supposes, sequels. Mr. Grint has a surprising everyman quality, but the showstopper is Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy. This drolly menacing blond with a widow’s peak is Harry’s plotting foe, and he has the rotted self-confidence of one of the upperclassmen from Lindsay Anderson’s “If.” There has never been a kid who got so much joy from speaking his oddball name.

Ms. Shaw and Mr. Griffiths are enjoyably swinish, the most resolute of Muggles. Mr. Rickman, whose licorice-black pageboy has the bounce of a coiffure from a hair products ad, is a threatening schoolroom don who delivers his monologues with a hint of mint; his nostrils flare so athletically that he seems to be doing tantric yoga with his sinuses. The mountainously lovable Mr. Coltrane really is a fairy-tale figure that kids dream about.

The movie’s most consistently entertaining scene features a talking hat, and that’s not meant as an insult. The Sorting Hat, which has more personality than anything else in the movie, assigns the students to the various dormitories; it puts Harry, Ron and Hermione together.

But the other big set pieces are a letdown. The Quidditch match ? the school sport that’s part polo, part cricket and part Rollerball, played on flying brooms ? has all the second-rate sloppiness of the race in “Stars Wars ? Episode 1: The Phantom Menace.” It’s a blur of mortifyingly ordinary computer-generated effects.

Given that movies can now show us everything, the manifestations that Ms. Rowling described could be less magical only if they were delivered at a news conference. And the entrance that may be as eagerly awaited as Harry’s appearance ? the arrival of Voldemort (Richard Bremmer), the archvillain ? is a disappointment, a special effect that serves as a reminder of how much he stands in Darth Vader’s shadow.

This overly familiar movie is like a theme park that’s a few years past its prime; the rides clatter and groan with metal fatigue every time they take a curve. The picture’s very raggedness makes it spooky, which is not the same thing as saying the movie is intentionally unsettling.

No one has given Harry a pair of Hogwarts-edition Nikes, nor do he, Hermione and Ron stop off to super- size it at the campus McDonald’s : exclusions that seem like integrity these days. (There’s no need for product placement. The Internet is likely to have a systems crash from all the kids going online to order maroon-and-gold scarves, which Harry and his dorm mates wear.)

Another kind of exclusion seems bothersome, though. At a time when London is filled with faces of color, the fleeting appearances by minority kids is scarier than Voldemort. (Harry’s gorgeous owl, snow white with sunken dark eyes and feather tails dappled with black, gets more screen time than they do.)

Mr. Columbus does go out of his way to give a couple of lines to a little boy with a well-groomed head of dreadlocks. This movie may not be whiter than most, but the peering- from-the-sidelines status accorded to minorities seems particularly offensive in a picture aimed at kids. It’s no different in the books, really, but young imaginations automatically correct for this paucity.

A lack of imagination pervades the movie because it so slavishly follows the book. The filmmakers, the producers and the studio seem panicked by anything that might feel like a departure from the book ? which already feels film-ready ? so “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” never takes on a life of its own.

Someone has cast a sleepwalker’s spell over the proceedings, and at nearly two and a half hours you may go under, too. Its literal-mindedness makes the film seem cowed by the chilling omnipresence of its own Voldemort, Ms. Rowling, who hovered around the production.

The movie is so timid it’s like someone who flinches when you extend a hand to shake. This film is capable of a certain brand of magic: it may turn the faithful into Muggles.

“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” is rated PG (Parental Guidance suggested), probably so that kids older than 12 won’t think it’s baby stuff. It includes scenes of magic someone must have found intense and threatening and a soupçon of strong language.


Directed by Chris Columbus; written by Steve Kloves, based on the novel by J. K. Rowling; director of photography, John Seale; edited by Richard Francis-Bruce; music by John Williams; production designer, Stuart Craig; visual effects supervisor, Rob Legato; produced by David Heyman; released by Warner Brothers. Running time: 146 minutes. This film is rated PG.

WITH: Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), John Cleese (Nearly Headless Nick), Robbie Coltrane (Rubeus Hagrid), Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick), Richard Griffiths (Vernon Dursley), Richard Harris (Professor Dumbledore), Ian Hart (Professor Quirrell), John Hurt (Mr. Ollivander), Alan Rickman (Professor Snape), Fiona Shaw (Petunia Dursley), Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall), Julie Walters (Mrs. Weasley), Zoë Wanamaker (Madame Hooch), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Harry Melling (Dudley Dursley), David Bradley (Mr. Filch) and Richard Bremmer (Lord Voldemort).

Article found here on NYTimes I Published November 16, 2001

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Hangin’ With… Harry, Hermione, and Ron

It must have been a huge responsibility to portray the beloved characters of Harry Potter, Ron and Hermione in the filmed version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone but the three young actors chosen for the task were up to the challenge. In a huge mansion in England which was stuffed with “Potter” props like cauldrons, pictures, tables, etc, the press met with “Harry” (Daniel Radcilffe, 12), “Ron” (Rupert Grint, 13) and “Hermione” (Emma Watson, 11). The actors talked about how they got their dream roles, pranks they pulled on the set and how they are dealing with their sudden fame.

AGW: Where were you when you learned you got the parts?

Daniel: I was in the bath and my dad just got a call and he just told me they wanted me to play Harry Potter and I just cried. It was so cool.

Emma: David (the producer) invited Rupert and I to his office and we sat down really casual and he said ‘you’ve got the part’. Oh my God, I so shocked. I just stood there for five minutes going ‘pinch me’. I couldn’t believe it. I think I did a lot of auditions.

Rupert: It was really strange. I can’t remember most of it because I was in awe. Amazing but one of the greatest moments of my life.

Director Chris Columbus says that it was magic when these three young actors were grouped together. “The final screen test was different groupings. We put Dan with different Rons and Hermiones. We needed to see who had chemistry. When the three got together in front of the camera you just knew it. They fit together”.

AGW: Daniel, we’ve heard that your parents weren’t that hot on your playing this part. How did that change?

Daniel: They weren’t really reluctant to me playing it. When I audition, I always get my hopes up really high. They knew there were thousands of boys auditioning and it was pretty unlikely I’d get the part. They didn’t want me to get my hopes up and then be really upset about it.

AGW: Emma, you have really big hair in the film which is obviously different from your real looks, so congratulations on that. (She laughs).

Emma: They used a little bit of hair extensions and fluffed it up a bit and I had to braid it and it made it go poofy.

AGW: How hard was it on you to become Hermione and were you threatened by having to live up to everyone’s expectations of the character, by having to be a role model?

Emma: It was the scariest thing that’s ever happened to me. It’s the biggest thing that’s ever happened to me and the best thing. I’ve really enjoyed making the film. I’d love to think that people would see me as a role model. That’s pretty cool.

AGW: Rupert, this was your first big onscreen experience. What was it like for you?

Rupert: It is really weird but so fun. I had such a brilliant time. It was so different from what I normally did.

AGW: Daniel, you are now going to be the most famous kid actor in the world. Have you thought about that?

Daniel: I think that would be fun but I’m just doing to take it as it comes and see what happens. If that is the case, then it would just be fun.

AGW: Daniel, kids all over the world have identified with Harry Potter. Have you? Why do you think he’s so interesting?

Daniel: I think the reason everybody seems to identify with him is because other than the fact he’s a wizard, he’s a really normal person and I think it’s also the fact that he goes from being nothing to something really huge and famous and very important in the wizard world. I think he’s inspired a lot of people including me. I admire that he’s very loyal to all his friends. I think that’s one of the most important things you can be and that’s what Harry is.

AGW: For all of you, what was the most fun or best thing about making the film?

Rupert: I was a really big Harry Potter fan. And Ron was my favorite character so it was wicked to play him in the film. I just love acting. The acting part was best.

Emma: Rupert just nicked that out of my head. No, at the very beginning I was fanatic about Harry Potter. I was already in the middle of the third book. I loved acting. I’ve been in every school play possible. The best thing? People I work with. They been so nice to me and made sure that the time I spent doing this amazing film was very good.

Daniel: I have to say also, the people that I worked with. They made the last year of my life the most fantastic and exciting I’ve ever had, most inspirational one.

AGW: Daniel, this wasn’t your first film. How does it compare with playing David Copperfield?

Daniel: It’s similar but on a much wider, huger scale. More stunts which is cool.

AGW: All of you, what are you doing to try to prepare yourself for all the attention and fame the film will bring you?

Emma: My friends are a big part of my (hanging onto a normal life). I’m so grateful for my friends because they’ve treated me as a normal person. They know me as Emma and don’t go around calling me Hermione Granger. My parents are being really good about it. They made me feel that if I didn’t get the part I was just as special as if I did.

Rupert: All my brothers, sisters and friends have made my life so much more normal. Every time I come off the set I’m a normal kid again because of them. One brother and three sisters. I still have arguments with my brother sometimes. The little ones don’t really understand.

Daniel: I have such a normal life. I see my friends really regularly. I do the same school work they do. Again, everybody on the set has helped me remain normal. I rarely get recognized as well so that’s cool.

AGW: But don’t you secretly want to be famous?

Emma: I don’t like the idea of everyone in the whole entire world knowing my face or everyone coming up to me and saying ‘oh my God. You’re the girl who plays Hermione’. I enjoy being normal.

Daniel: I think I do want to be famous but I want to lead a normal life in that I still see my friends and I still do my schoolwork. But, at the same time, I’m inspired by a lot of famous people who have done so well.

Rupert: Being famous is wicked but it’s cool to be normal as well.

AGW: How was working with special effects like filming the Quidditch match?

Daniel: It was very surreal playing Quidditch because you see it in your mind in the book so clearly then you see it in the film and it’s just the same. It was amazing. We went so fast on those broomsticks. All I can tell you is we were up very high. It was cool!

Rupert: The effects were the bits that made it so fun. The dog drool, that was kind of disgusting but it was wicked and brilliant. Don’t know what it was (made out of).

Emma: In one of my stunts, I had to climb up out of a cubicle 30 centimeters. It was like being in the army. It was really hard work. I think that day I swallowed 50 percent dust and 50 percent food. It was great fun.

AGW: You all must have grown a lot during filming.

Emma: I grew three and a half inches during the film.

Daniel: Probably about three or four inches.

Rupert: I’ve grown a bit.

AGW: Emma, you are sort of the only girl in the film. How was that?

Emma: It was sort of hard being the only girl in a film for six months. Hermione’s got to be very “nose up’. I think that’s the whole of her charisma. If she didn’t have that, she’d be normal and it’s what creates her really. The fact that she’s so ‘Well, I’m right and you’re wrong’. I love that in her.

AGW: If you could have a wizard spell in real life which would it be?

Daniel: I have two choices. I’ve got invisibility. It would be so cool to be able to go out anywhere without people knowing. And the other would be Fluffy the three-headed dog because, with him, nobody would try to fight me.

Rupert: The sweets and just being a wizard as well.

AGW: Did you believe in magic before the movie?

Daniel: I always believed in magic 100 percent and I’ve always been fascinated by it.

Emma: I never really thought of it. When someone says to me ‘magic’ I think of a white rabbit and a black hat. I’m not superstitious. Like I only read horoscopes for fun.

Rupert: After being in Harry Potter, I believe more in magic than I did before.

AGW: Do you think that all this sorcery is leading kids down the wrong path?

Daniel: Well it’s not about sorcery, it’s about the idea of good over evil and the idea of redeeming love because it’s Harry’s mother’s love for him that saves him from Voldemort.

AGW: Daniel, are you a wrestling fan and, all of you, what kinds of music do you listen to or what’s fun to do?

Daniel: I was a huge fan of WWF. Since I’ve done Harry, there’s not as much time (to watch). I like The Rock. Music? I like U-2, REM, Stereophonics, JJ72. I like lots of bands.

Emma: I love music. I like Dido. My dad always played loads of Chuck Berry and blues when I was little so I like that stuff as well. I don’t like classical or opera but I enjoy all the latest stuff on the radio. Different types.

Rupert: I hang with my friends, go to the cinema and I play football sometimes.

AGW: Who were your fantasy heroes before Harry Potter?

Daniel: I like the idea of Spiderman because being able to climb with the webby thing is cool.

Emma: My heroes are actors and actresses. I like Julia Roberts. I like Goldie Hawn, John Cleese.

AGW: Okay, Emma, in 7 years, throughout these “Potter” films, who is Hermione going to end up with, Harry or Ron?

Emma: This is so embarrassing. I have no idea. I reckon I’m going to be single. I believe that Hermione will end up single.

AGW: Was there anyone who was intimidating, like Alan Rickman or Robbie Coltrane?

Daniel: No, they’ve both got dry sense of humors. They’re both very funny. Robbie Coltrane’s got a great sense of humor which is a good thing because at one point I changed the language on his mobile phone to Turkish.

AGW: Can you tell us about some more fun on the set?

Daniel: The lady in charge of the hair has this thing where you type in the letters and print them out and you can stick them on people. So we printed out loads of “kick me’s” and put them on Robbie Coltrane’s back (Robbie plays groundskeeper Hagrid). After several kicks he found out. Hey, Emma stuck it on him. It was my idea.

Emma: He laughed. He’s got the best sense of humor ever. He’s a great person. He thought it was fun.

AGW: You are now making the second film. Things must be different from making the first.

Daniel: Over the year we got to know one another very well. So we’re kind of like a family. Each year we just reunite. It’s fun.

Original article found at A Girl’s World | November 12th, 2001

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The Kids of Harry Potter

They’re the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew for the next generation: Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley. For newcomers, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, they are the roles of a lifetime.

Daniel Radcliffe says, “It was great and it was really exciting.”

But bringing the triumphant trio to the big screen’s “Harry Potter” was an unparalleled undertaking. It wasn’t the enormous amount of special effects, like these giant moving chess pieces, or the high expectations from book fans that had producers nervous. No, the trouble was Harry.

Author J.K. Rowling says, “It was a very hard part to cast. They just couldn’t find Harry.”

Rowling and director Chris Columbus scoured all of Britain, but they were held spellbound by 11-year-old Daniel Radcliffe, who Columbus spotted in the BBC production of “David Copperfield.” Then, the boy who would be Harry magically appeared to producers taking in a London play.

Columbus says, “Daniel Radcliffe was sitting a couple of rows behind them.”

Meanwhile, filmmakers were hunting high and low for Ron and Hermione. Emma says, “I had never done any professional acting, I’d only done school plays.”

Rupert, Emma, and Dan’s efforts ultimately brought them before Chris Columbus and the result was magical. Chris says, “There was just an amazing chemistry when they were on screen together for the first time.”

“I was overcome by CHRIS COLUMBUS (the director) because he is fantastic with children!” Says Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid) “He would get them in little huddles whispering. Then you’d hear “and action,” and he’d get it out of them. The children’s performances were astonishing!”

The shock of it all won’t wear off anytime soon for Daniel, Emma, and Rupert. The trio could star in as many as six “Harry Potter” sequels.

Daniel says, “If I’m still enjoying them as much as I am now, I’ll be glad to do them all.”

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Rupert Grint AOL Interview

The Stars Speak!

Oct 14, 2001 GMT

This transcript is from an exclusive live chat held by AOL with Rupert Grint and Emma Watson during the “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” era.

LIVEJessicaMae: Emma Watson and Rupert Grint have arrived! Hey, Emma! Hey, Rupert! Muggles, wizards and witches everywhere have tons of questions to ask you. Lynn asks:

Question: Hi! How did you feel when you got a part in the movie?

Emma Watson: Amazing, I felt absolutely fantastic!

Rupert Grint: It was so cool! It was amazing! It was the coolest moment in my life.

LIVEJessicaMae: Where were you when you found out?

Emma Watson: We were together. We thought, “Oh, my gosh, another audition!” We were both together, and then we were told that we were chosen to be Ron and Hermione.

LIVEJessicaMae: Divaschmeeva wants to know:

Question: Were there any cast members of Harry Potter that weren’t British?

Emma Watson: Chris Columbus, the director, was the only American in the cast.

LIVEJessicaMae: Deuceswild822 is wondering:

Question: When will production of film two begin, and will you both continue to do sequels beyond the second film?

Rupert Grint: Well, me and Dan have started doing the flying-car thing.

Emma Watson: I am starting in December. I haven’t started yet. We are taking it one film at a time. I don’t know if they are even going to be making a third film.

LIVEJessicaMae: Here’s a good one from Mynamesnotkemeng:

Question: Was it difficult to fight a troll in your imagination? — Kim

Rupert Grint: All of the visual effect scenes were difficult.

Emma Watson: Because you had to pretend when there was nothing there.

LIVEJessicaMae: Angel95129 would like to know:

Question: How long did it take to film the movie?

Rupert Grint: About 10 months.

Emma Watson: Eight or seven months. :) Ha ha!

LIVEJessicaMae: This is a Kids Only question from Mari:

Question: Did you read the books?

Rupert Grint: I have been a Harry Potter fan before there was a film.

Emma Watson: I was in the middle of the third book when I started the audition. By the time I got the part, I finished the book!

LIVEJessicaMae: BuRNiNBLoNDiE910 has a really great question:

Question: Emma, how did you like working with someone like Daniel Radcliffe? Do you have a crush on him or Rupert?

Emma Watson: Umm, Rupert happens to be sitting right next to me. Number one, if I did, I wouldn’t tell you! And, number two, I don’t, actually! :)

LIVEJessicaMae: Henry pup asks:

Question: What was the best part of the filming?

Rupert Grint: It was all the visual special effects.

Emma Watson: For me, it was the people, the locations and just the fun of acting.

LIVEJessicaMae: Here’s another Kids Only question from Amanda:

Question: Rupert, do you have a girlfriend?

Rupert Grint: Ummm, no!

LIVEJessicaMae: SilverDragon574 asks:

Question: Who is your favorite Harry Potter character in the books?

Emma Watson: Hagrid. I think he is really funny!

Rupert Grint: For me, it is probably Ron. He is very much like me. I have the hair, I am afraid of spiders and I like sweets!

LIVEJessicaMae: This question is for you, Rupert. Shahinanawaz asks:

Question: What was the best thing about playing Ron in the movie?

Rupert Grint: Eating sweets all the time! You get to meet a lot of people, and that is nice.

Question: If you had an invisibility cloak of your own for a day, where would you go and what would you do?

Emma Watson: I would make myself invisible so that I could sneak into films for people over 15 years of age.

Rupert Grint: I would sneak out of detentions if I were invisible!

LIVEJessicaMae: Kelly and Kyle would like to know:

Question: Which character did you think was the scariest?

Emma Watson: There is an obvious answer, Voldemort!

Rupert Grint: For me, Hermione. Just kidding! Voldemort.

LIVEJessicaMae: Do either of you play sports?

Emma Watson: I love sports. I play rounders, hockey and tennis for my school.

Rupert Grint: I like football — soccer, for you Americans. :)

Question: If you played Quidditch, which position would you play?

Rupert Grint: I would be a beater.

Emma Watson: I think I would be a chaser. I think a chaser would be fun, because you get to move around a lot and you have the most fun.

Rupert Grint: I picked the beater because you’d get to hit the bludgers!

LIVEJessicaMae: Bronwyn wants to know:

Question: What’s your favorite line from the movie?

Emma Watson: Mine would be, “I’m going to bed before either of you comes up with another clever idea which will get us.”

Rupert Grint: “Bloody Brilliant!”

LIVEJessicaMae: Catie is wondering:

Question: How did you feel the first time that you saw the movie?

Emma Watson: The first time I saw the movie, I was scared. It was really freaking seeing myself 10 feet tall on the screen.

Rupert Grint: I would say that was about the same for me.

LIVEJessicaMae: This one is from BUDMAN327:

Question: How has being so recognized by people changed your life?

Rupert Grint: It has just made it cooler!

Emma Watson: I think that, at first, it would be cool to give autographs and pictures, but it is hard work.

LIVEJessicaMae: I’d like to know… If you could keep one prop from the set, which would you pick?

Emma Watson: I think I would like to have one of the chess pieces.

Rupert Grint: I would like to keep the sweets!

LIVEJessicaMae: I know that you guys have both met author J.K. Rowling. What is she like?

Rupert Grint: She is really down-to-earth and nice!

Emma Watson: I agree, she is really very nice and humorous.

LIVEJessicaMae: Andrew wants to know:

Question: What is your favorite memory growing up?

Emma Watson: I really don’t know. :)

LIVEJessicaMae: Jess1cox asks:

Question: Is there anything taken out of the movie that was in the book?

Emma Watson: I don’t think so. They tried to be as faithful to the book as possible. Obviously, they had to keep some things out, or the movie would be a day long. But I think they were very faithful to the book.

LIVEJessicaMae: This one is for Emma from Mjsbone8:

Question: Emma, are you anything like Hermione?

Emma Watson: No, mainly because I enjoy school, but I am not great at school.

LIVEJessicaMae: Anibrain1 wonders:

Question: Were the every-flavor beans you used in the movie really every flavor?

Emma Watson: Yes!

Rupert Grint: Yes, there was grass, vinegar. There were also nice ones as well — ice cream, etc. So, yeah, they were every flavor!

LIVEJessicaMae: Which of those flavors was the worst?

Rupert Grint: Well, I had this really horrible one — I still don’t know what it was.

Emma Watson: I did try some, I think the worst was vomit flavor! I didn’t realize it at the time. Horseradish was pretty bad too.

LIVEJessicaMae: Usagirl100 would like to know:

Question: What was your favorite scene that you acted out and why?

Rupert Grint: I love the chess scene. But I like Hogwarts as well, because it was very dramatic.

Emma Watson: For me, it would probably be the troll scene, mainly because I had stunts to do.

Question: What is your holiday wish?

Rupert Grint: I wish everybody would go to the film!

Emma Watson: I wish there was peace between America and Afghanistan.

LIVEJessicaMae: Next question comes from Mt Giraffe:

Question: Do you want to continue acting throughout your life?

Rupert Grint: I do. I really enjoy it. I’ve had so much fun. It is really cool.

Emma Watson: If it comes around, it comes around. If it doesn’t, that is OK. I am very open to ideas!

LIVEJessicaMae: We’ve got time for one more question:

Question: What would you like to tell American audiences about the movie?

Emma Watson: Go see it — it is absolutely amazing!

Rupert Grint: I would just like for everyone to go see the film.

LIVEJessicaMae: Emma and Rupert, thanks so much for stopping in to chat. Come see us again!

Emma Watson & Rupert Grint: Thanks!

Original article by AOL Live no longer online | October 14, 2001

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At Last, Harry Potter And Friends Step Out of the Shadows

It has been announced this afternoon that the young British actor Daniel Radcliffe will be playing Harry Potter in Warner Bros’s forthcoming film adaptation of the international bestseller.

The rumours on many film gossip and news websites last Friday that reckoned that Gabriel Thomson (see our earlier news story) had won the role turned out to be just that, and Ain’t it Cool News’s spy (where the rumour seems to have originated) got his Dickens adaptations muddled up.

Like Thomson, Radcliffe is also the star of a recent Dickens adaptation. The British boy played the young David Copperfield in a BBC TV adaptation of the classic novel. Prior to this, the actor had no professional acting experience.

Newcomers Rupert Grint and Emma Watson (pictured, with Radcliffe centre) will be taking on the roles of Ron and Hermione, Harry’s best friends at Hogwarts.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura, President, Worldwide Theatrical Production, Warner Bros. Pictures, said: “We searched through all Muggle and Wizard households to find just the right young people to play Harry, Ron and Hermione and we have found them in Dan, Rupert and Emma.

“These are magical roles, the kind that come around once in a lifetime, and they required talented children who can bring magic to the screen.”

“We saw so many enormously talented kids in the search for Harry,” said director Chris Columbus. “The process was intense and there were times when we felt we would never find an individual who embodied the complex spirit and depth of Harry Potter. Then, Dan walked into the room and we all knew we had found Harry.

“We were equally elated upon meeting Emma and Rupert who are perfect for the roles of Hermione and Ron. I couldn’t be happier to begin work with such talented, inspiring young actors.”

Added producer David Heyman, “While we have been alternately amused and bemused by the rumours about what we’re doing, we are overjoyed to finally put them to rest. These are tremendously talented British kids who will bring so much to the film. We have always been and continue to be devoted to remaining true and faithful to the book.”

Author J. K. Rowling, who has held firm on her desire to have the lead characters played by British actors, is pleased with the choice. “Having seen Dan Radcliffe screen test, I don’t think Chris Columbus could have found a better Harry,” she said. “I wish Dan, Emma and Rupert the very best of luck and hope that they have as much fun acting the first year at Hogwarts as I had writing it.”

Eleven-year-old Daniel Radcliffe will be seen later this year in the John Boorman film The Tailor of Panama. Ten-year-old Emma Watson and 11-year-old Rupert Grint have both acted in school plays.

Original article found here: The Guardian | August 21st, 2000

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