12 January 2009 at 18:31 GMT
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince “strike[s] a balance” between darkness and comedy, according to a new interview with Dan Radcliffe in Melbourne’s Herald Sun. The actor notes a conscious decision to tone down the darkness of the film in comparison with its predecessors.
“I mean, the one thing when I read the script I could always yearn for was more darkness and more of that real intense stuff, because I enjoy doing that more, but hopefully this time we have struck a balance between that darkness and a certain comedy in this film.”
Radcliffe also comments on the style of comedy (“it’s much more subtle”), and cites director David Yates as a key player in helping the franchise earn cinematic respect.
“And I think actually through making the films darker we’ve gained a lot. And also through people like (director) David Yates directing them, a certain amount of respect has been gained for the films as cinema.”