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We go behind the scenes to get inside track on latest Harry Potter blockbuster

BOY wizard Harry Potter and his magical mates Hermione and Ron are set to cast a final spell over film fans.

After 10 record-breaking years, the series is ending in style with an epic two-part version of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows.

Part One hits the big screen on November 19 with the final chapter finally arriving in July – all building up to the three friends’ final, fatal battle with the evil Lord Voldemort.

Stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint met JOHN MILLAR on location at Leavesden Studios in Hertfordshire to talk about Potter’s grand finale and reveal favourite memories of the roles that changed their lives forever.

Daniel takes a battering in final scenes

The young star who plays the teenage wizard arrives looking as though he’s just gone 10 rounds with Mike Tyson.

He’s covered in sweat, his hands are scuffed and dirty, there are cuts across his left eye and nose and he’s badly bruised.

But Daniel Radcliffe couldn’t be happier. The 21-yearold says he has been getting a kick out of being battered and bloodied as he brings the Hogwarts saga to a thrilling conclusion.

Daniel, who was cast as JK Rowling’s schoolboy wizard when he was just 12, said: “The action in the film is extraordinary.”

The Harry Potter films have made Daniel an international star – and a very rich one.

He’s reckoned to be worth around £30million which, according to recent reports, makes him wealthier than Princes William and Harry.

But it’s film fun, not finance, that is driving the young actor as he nears the end of the Hogwarts saga.

And the final films are as star-packed as ever, featuring the likes of Ralph Fiennes, Julie Walters, Robbie Coltrane, Alan Rickman, Michael Gambon and Maggie Smith.

Daniel said: “I have just as much fun making these films as people do watching them. In fact, I probably have a lot more fun. I love my job and I’m very lucky to have it.”

Daniel reckons that it was during the shooting of the sixth film – The Half-Blood Prince – when he began to fully understand just how special it was to portray Harry Potter.

He added: “It was when I was underwater and I had to hold on to a rope and pull myself down.

“Then I had to let go of the rope and burst through the surface to be surrounded by a wall of fire. At the very moment of doing that, I thought no matter how long my career went on I would never get the chance to do a shot like that again – bursting through water into a flaming lake.

“It is very cool to play a hero. So this year I have started to revel more in the boys’ own adventure aspect of it all.”

Daniel has also been bowled over by the special effects in the film.

He was especially impressed by the sequence when a potion turns a bunch of schoolmates into doubles of Harry so that there are seven Harry Potters on camera.

He said: “That scene is going to be pretty fantastic.

“Obviously people will realise that it’s a visual effect but normally when you have one person talking to another version of himself it is pretty obvious how it has been done. In this scene though it’s great – arms are overlapping and it looks fantastic.

“We did 96 takes for this one shot. We had to do each shot seven different times with all the Harrys standing in different places.

“That is the first really cool bit of magic in the first part of the film. It was so well thought out and well done.”

Daniel knows that for devoted fans it will be agony to wait for the second part of The Deathly Hallows and that they might actually have preferred to see the two parts in one epic Harry Potter marathon movie.

He said: “I know that the dedicated fans would gladly sit through a six-hour Harry Potter film but not everybody possesses the same passion that they do.”

But he reckons it will be worth the eightmonth wait to see the final chapter in cinemas next summer.

And when those final credits run on Part Two of the Deathly Hallows, he is adamant that it will be the final curtain for the boy wizard.

Daniel, who has signed up to star in Hammer’s keenly-anticipated revival The Woman In Black, shakes his head when he’s asked if there is any chance of Harry and his pals reappearing some day – even in an animated film.

He said: “As far as I know that’s it. I have seen Jo Rowling and asked if she was writing any more and she said no.

“So I’m not looking to do any more… I’ve done it now.”

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part One is released on November 19.

Being Ron Isn’t Always Magic

Rupert Grint has spent half his life playing Harry Potter’s best pal Ron Weasley but has also managed to do another very different batch of movies.

These include the comedy Thunderpants, spoof hitman romp Wild Target and Driving Lessons, in which he appeared alongside Potter co-star Julie Walters, who plays Ron’s mum.

But obviously it’s Ron that has made the 22-year-old a household name – although sometimes being so recognisable hasn’t been the greatest thing, as Rupert discovered when he went with friends to the Reading Festival.

He said: “Someone went to the toilet on our tent, which wasn’t nice, and while we were sleeping someone came in and threw a bag of flour over us.”

Although he is a star of one of the world’s most successful film franchises, Rupert admits he is still over-awed by the famous faces who appear in the Potter movies.

He said: “They do all have quite a presence. When we started I got very excited at working with stars like Alan Rickman and Robbie Coltrane.

“I used to ask for autographs at the first opportunity – I think it was at the first read-through.”

Rupert reckons he wasn’t in the best shape for the action in The Deathly Hallows.

“There is a lot more running than I’m used to.

“I quite like the stunts but I don’t do any kind of exercise at all so it hit me quite hard.

“Everyone wants this film to be the best one ever.”

I’ve Gone From Film Star To A Class Act

Emma Watson is one of the most instantly recognised girls on the planet but now she’s enjoying the magic of being an ordinary student. are going to see me most days and have just got used to me.”

The 20-year-old is studying in the US at prestigious Brown University in Rhode Island and has settled into academic life.

She said: “It’s hard to choose one thing that I like most about university. I guess I just enjoy the simplicity of my life.

“I am sharing a tiny room with another girl and I only have space for three or four pairs of jeans and a couple of tops. My life has been compressed but it’s nice.”

Her student schedule in the States is a world apart from the red carpet glamour of being a film star.

She said: “I live in a bubble. I don’t read newspapers and I don’t watch TV.”

Emma is also pleased that she has been accepted by the other students.

She said: “I was amazed how quickly everyone on campus got over that I was from Harry Potter.

“I’m going to be there for four years so they’ve realised that they are going to see me most days and have just got used to me.

The young actress admits she’s had mixed feelings while shooting her final scenes as Hermione.

But one plus point has been throwing herself into the rough and tumble of action sequences.

She said: “It’s such an emotionally heavy film so it is sometimes nice to have a break from that and do something more physical.

“There is a giant snake involved, we get picked up on a dragon, dropped in a lake and I nearly get my throat slit. It’s real adventure.”

being an action girl in the two-part epic but she’s also very aware that a huge part of her life is coming to an end.

Emma has got a kick out of being an action girl in two-part epic but she’s also very aware that a huge part of her life is coming to an end.

She said: “I have grown up with this character. I can’t tell you how it will feel to walk away.”


Original article found here: The Daily Record | October 24th, 2010

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