‘Harry Potter’ countdown: Daniel Radcliffe says the fugitive life is ‘brilliant’

Oct. 29, 2010 | 10:38 a.m.

A MONTH OF MAGIC: Hero Complex is counting down to the Nov. 19 release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” — the penultimate film in the history-making “Potter” franchise — with exclusive interviews, photos, videos and reports from the set. Today’s post: Our visit to the set of “Hallows” outside London reveals a cast and crew eager to ramble beyond the Hogwarts campus.

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"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 1." (Warner Bros.)

There was a break in the action — the cast and crew of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” were milling about waiting for the next set-up on a summer day outside London in 2009 — and Daniel Radcliffe sat back in his seat and admired the life of a fugitive. “Everybody is after us,” the actor said of his on-screen persona, Harry Potter, and his partners in magic. “We’re to the point in the story where it’s a lot of action and we’re on the run. And that’s brilliant.”

When Part 1 of the two-part “Harry Potter” franchise finale reaches theaters Nov. 19, it will do so without one of its signature characters. But the missing star is not a wizard, Muggle, goblin or troll, it’s a place. The seventh “Potter” film is the first without any notable screen time spent inside the stone corridors of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the castle that has become synonymous with the magical epic.

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"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 1." (Warner Bros.)

The absence of the ancient academy from the seventh movie, according to producer David Heyman, informs the texture and rhythm of the franchise’s penultimate installment. The film is very much a road-trip adventure with the three main characters — played by Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson — in fugitive mode and preparing for the final showdown with the evil Lord Voldemort, portrayed with reptilian rasp by Ralph Fiennes.

“It gives this film a very different feel to be away from Hogwarts,” Heyman said. “The main characters — Harry, Ron and Hermione — are on the run and, yes, they do go to some magical places, like the Ministry of Magic, but a lot of the film is set in a quite naturalistic setting, and that makes it feel very real and very human. There’s plenty of magic, of course, but it’s set against a very real context.

“We have them a bit in Whitehall, in central London, we have them on Shaftesbury Avenue in the cafes,” Heyman continued. “It feels real, gritty at times and beautiful at other times. But it is not at Hogwarts, and that gives us a fresh impetus.”

Screenwriter Steve Kloves said that there technically is one glimpse of Hogwarts in the film but he’d rather not elaborate. “This moment would fall in the category of flashback,” said the writer who finishes the franchise having written scripts for seven of the eight films. “Revealing it may ruin a rather lovely — albeit small — moment of the movie.”

Radcliffe said treading past the stony floors of the well-used Hogwarts movie set in Watford, England, energized the cast during the production of the seventh and eighth films, which were made together in a shoot that began in February 2009 and did not wrap until mid-June of this year. “I think getting out was a marvelous thing for the story and for the look of the film,” he said. “This movie just looks different than the other ones. We’ve spent so much time at Hogwarts that it makes it fresh to go somewhere new on screen.”

When last we left the orphaned wizard at the end of 2009’s “Harry Potter and Half-Blood Prince,” he was mourning Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore (Michael Gambon), who had been cut down by Severus Snape (Alan Rickman) — the dour faculty member who revealed himself to be the mysterious title character of the movie. The forces of Voldemort were ascending, and the gathering darkness was far removed from the tone and twinkle of the first films in a franchise that has pulled in more than $5.3 billion in worldwide box office.

The seventh film has dramatic showdowns with Voldemort’s cult, the Death Eaters, and the final movie next year features a startling supernatural heist job that includes a dragon as the untamed getaway vehicle. But Heyman said some of the most compelling sequences in the closing chapters of “Potter” are marked by emotional tension and smothering suspense.

“One thing I love about the films of [director] David Yates is that you really feel the human element,” Heyman said. “There’s a real truthfulness, and going out on the road with this seventh film, it makes it feel just that much more real.”

Hogwarts makes a return in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” in a manner of speaking. That final chapter of the franchise is built around a massive battle that destroys much of the school. That’s not much of a spoiler if you’ve been paying attention. The Warner Bros. poster promoting the two-film finale shows the ramparts of the academy in flames beneath a grim tagline: “It all ends here.”

The films taken together have the cast’s enthusiasm at an all-time high. “Without question, these two are going to blow all of the rest of them away,” says Tom Felton, who has brought memorable sneer to the role of Draco Malfoy. “The last two will not disappoint, that’s something you can rest assured about.”

— Geoff Boucher


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69 Responses to ‘Harry Potter’ countdown: Daniel Radcliffe says the fugitive life is ‘brilliant’

  1. Zoe says:

    Im kinda looking forward to these films. They look more promising then the last one. See you all at the midnight party!!!

  2. Jandira Chachá says:

    It's gonna be awsomee!! I can't wait!!!!!

  3. trey says:


  4. Kerry says:

    Got tickets in hand and I'm fired up and ready to GO!!!!! YiPeE : D )

  5. hoyo says:


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  7. Carie says:

    I'm so excited. Its going to be so much fun to go watch it.

  8. Jared says:

    I am truly excited!!! Me my gram my gramp and my bro are going to see that in lancaster!!! unfortunatly we are not going to beable to go to the opening night premiere,but it will still be worth it!

  9. Drey says:

    I can't wait to see both of them , but i don't want it to end :( .

    Why do all good things have to come to an end ? :O
    I wish Hogwarts was real :D .
    I grew up watching harry potter .
    I grew up waiting for a new harry Potter movie to come out .
    I was something like 8 when the first movie came out .
    Now i'm 17 , and i just can't believe it's over .
    Even though i've read the books 3 times each D:

    • Darlene Oliver says:

      In a way it is now that they built the theme partk in Florida. You can be in the middle of the movie if you go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Orlando, Florida.

    • Rosario says:

      yes me tooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo :( i'm sad and i'm not 17……. i'm 41…….and i love HARRY POTTER movies

    • Оля Алиева says:

      I'm agree totally!!! It's 10 years of my life. And the life of my son. He read the first book when he was around 8-9 years old. And untill 11 years he waited an owl ;-) Really!!!
      I remember that the 4th book I read within 1 day. All book within only in 1 day!!!
      On Saturday in one of Russian TV channel was the 1st movie – with slogan "Look how everything began!"
      They were so appealing :-) And yesterday I looked the 6 "HP and Half-Blood Prince" (DVD) – I cried almost all movieю So sorry Dambledore, so sorry everything over. ALAS!!!

  10. Fissy Ardiyanti says:

    i am gonna like this part much, cause lot of the scene will be held outside the hogwarts… yummy…. go harry go….

  11. Carolina says:

    Man, I just keep wondering how they fixed up The Burrow from the 6th movie, that was a complete random scene….
    Crol, New Zealand

  12. Stephanie says:

    I LOVE the Harry Potter series, I can't wait and it does give a different vibe of the movie when Harry, Ron and hermione are on the run.

  13. Sova says:


  14. Sova says:

    I Lov Harry Potter,. The Movie is so Amazing….. :D

  15. yaya78 says:

    I can't wait!!!

  16. Affy-Ann says:

    Extremely excited for both films!!! =D So glad to have grown up with Harry Potter. =)

  17. Faria Sultana Mollika says:

    I’m now 15 years old . I’ve read the HARRY POTTER books & watched the movie more than 20 times .

  18. kristen says:

    men it i going to be the best by way mi kristen and i stuck with he all the way i love you harry potter your the best the world we eva had

  19. Stephanie says:

    Again and again..,

    That sounds great..!!!

    Can’t wait to see it..!!!

    I’m FHANI from Indonesia..

    HARRY POTTER’s crazy admirer..!!!

  20. kartika dewi says:

    selak gak sabar nunggu realeasnya

  21. titin says:


  22. Luna says:

    YAYAYAYAYAYAYAY! I can't wait!

  23. Josh says:

    absolutely amazing. and I'm going to see it at the IMAX DOME, awesome!!!!!!!

  24. lelidesma says:

    harry…..i can’t wait…

  25. jubelle says:


  26. Bunty says:

    Hi, myself Hiren shukla and i hve watch your movie about 50 times and i watch all the parts i am from india yours movie are awseom i like u harry, hermonie, ron you all r fantastic………



  28. Jacob says:

    This movie is gonna be so epic it cant even be put into words. I cant wait ill be going to see it the day it comes out :)

  29. Kathi says:

    I love Harry Potter so much ♥ I can't wait to see Harry Potter and the dathly hallows ♥

  30. kristina says:

    wooooooooonnnnnnnnddddddddeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrrfffffffffuuuuuuuulllllllllllllllll !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lovvvvvvvveeeeeeeeeee this bookkkkk and youuuuuuuuuu ofcourse !

  31. kristina says:

    nice to mett im from albania and llovvvvvvvvvvveeeeeeeeeeeee harryyyyyy

  32. ade says:

    i like emma

  33. Shubhangi says:

    m sad dat its gonna end..bt cant wait to see it!!!……sooo xcited!!!!!

  34. rohit says:

    it's nice

  35. Jasmine says:

    I can't wait for the movie!!! I will go to theater on Nov. 19!!!!!!

  36. taimur mohsin says:

    woa this is was beautiful

  37. hina says:

    hi i m hina from pakistan n i love harry potter films

  38. khushbu says:

    i'll really miss potter, hermione & ron & ofcourse the hogwarts. it has been a part of ma life…….!!!!!!!!
    tears falling…..:(

  39. Vicky says:

    I love harry potter movies.I wanted that movie’s parts does’nt stop in future.I love hermoine very much.

  40. carina says:

    veo todas las peliculas :O :P ;) :) :(:D

  41. poornima says:

    i'm looking forward for the film

  42. nikhil says:

    im very eager to see hp7

  43. Ginny Weasley says:


  44. Turl says:

    now i am 18.İ watch HARRY POTTER too. Thank to Harry potter creators, producers, others.We can enjoy watching Harrys films but we must not forget that this excellent film was produced by professional persons.Thanks to them.

  45. luciana Jéssica says:

    Meeu ruivoo ta lindooo!! I Love Rupert Grint

  46. Darlene Oliver says:

    I wish that when they release the second movie they would replay the first half so you can spend the entire day at the theaters if you would like. Not only that but you can remind yourself of what happened in the first one and go right into the first one almost like you are not skipping anything. I think they would make even more money off the last one if they did it that way. I know that it would be better to refresh yourself in the theater rather than at home then having to drive a long way to a theater. If they played both, it would make a trip to the theaters more worth wild.

  47. Reham says:

    I love harry potter`s story so much and i wich it could be 100 part :(

  48. Lubna says:

    hi…im lovng it n i also cant waitttttttttttttttttttttt

  49. kosar says:

    dastan xosh bo aw kara hwnara jwanana mn la iraq zor mw3jebm baw flemana

  50. Jan says:

    Spannend hoor. Ik kan niet wachten.

  51. misty- says:

    HARRY POTTER…. I salute u

  52. Tom Hutchings says:

    I always look forward to watching Harry Potter movies. It's a great escape from realism to surrealism, which is very inspiring.

  53. Sydmister98 says:

    Im going to the 1st showing at mid-night I can't wait.

  54. vanessa says:

    i want to watch it so bad! its gonna be awesome

  55. Jeff Kahn says:

    To all my fellow Harry Potter fans, you are brilliant and awesome. I love seeing how one young kid read the books over 20 times. Harry is real. His is not fictional because he and his mates are alive in our hearts. They touch our hearts and inspire us to live courageously. Long Live Harry Potter!

  56. Sarah says:

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH :D I'm so insanely excited that im bout to dieeee. I grew up with Harry Potter. I've read and re-read the books so many times that they're getting old and tattered. no lie. And I've seen all the movies SOOOO many times. the only time I remember ever crying at anything fictional was when Fred died in the DH book. D: I cried like a freakin baby. I could talk about Harry Potter ALL DAY :D I'm such a nerd, but i dont care. If I could, I'd marry George Weasley♥♥

  57. Theresa says:

    looking forward to the movies, wish it wasn't so long in between the two parts

  58. chelsie_pup says:

    I agree with everyone. I wish that they could make more Harry Potter movies. I have all the books that came out and I read them before the movies were shown. Now I have the movies and like everyone else I too watch them over again. Even when they come on TV I will turn them on and watch. Never grow tired of seeing them. And I am 68 years young.

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