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Dan Radcliffe on HBP’s tone, comedy and more Dan Radcliffe on HBP’s tone, comedy and more

radcliffe2Harry 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.” 

New HBP photos show Weasley joke shop and more New HBP photos show Weasley joke shop and more

Two new behind-the-scenes photographs from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince today. Both pictures originally appeared in Empire Magazine and show director David Yates and cast on set.

Dan Radcliffe discusses ‘Half-Blood Prince’ scenes Dan Radcliffe discusses ‘Half-Blood Prince’ scenes

Dan Radcliffe has provided some commentary on two scenes in a new Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince preview piece by Entertainment Weekly.

danbonniekissHarry’s got a real thing for her [Ginny], and that is slightly odd, because when we met, I was 11 and she was 9, and she was only ever Ron’s little sister,” says Radcliffe, now 19. ”But that all changed, and here we are snogging.”

Shooting Dumbledore’s funeral was another tough scene for Radcliffe, as it took on the personality of an Irish wake thanks to some not-so-mournful extras: ”Because there’s a lot of people there, it’s one of those things that takes on a party atmosphere.”

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ film to be in two parts ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ film to be in two parts

It’s now official – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be split into two separate films.

David Heyman (Producer):

Over ten years ago, we made a commitment to Jo Rowling that, above all else, we would be faithful and true to the spirit of her books, and ever since we have endeavored never to compromise on the creative ambitions of the films. The Deathly Hallows is so rich, the story so dense and there is so much that is resolved that after discussing it with Jo, we came to the conclusion that two parts were needed to do it justice. I am thrilled that David Yates is returning to direct ‘The Deathly Hallows.’ He is both inspired and inspiring and is a passionate fan of the remarkable world and characters Jo has created. I know he will lead our incomparable cast and crew—most of whom have been with us since the very beginning—in bringing the series to the unforgettable conclusion it deserves.

David Yates (Director):

I’ve had great pleasure working with a tremendous cast and crew thus far, on both ‘the Order of the Phoenix’ and ‘the Half-Blood Prince.’ It’s a wonderful world to work in and be part of and to create within, and I consider it a great privilege to continue to bring Jo’s extraordinary world to the screen, and to be the director to complete this epic and exhilarating journey.

Dan Radcliffe (Harry Potter):

I think it’s the only way you can do it, without cutting out a huge portion of the book. There have been compartmentalized subplots in the other books that have made them easier to cut — although those cuts were still to the horror of some fans — but the seventh book doesn’t really have any subplots. It’s one driving, pounding story from the word go.

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