Aside from J.K. Rowling, I'm pretty sure nobody on earth is more intimately involved in the story of Harry Potter than Daniel Radcliffe, who has been playing Potter in the movies since age 11. Can you imagine reading the conclusion of a story starring a character you alone brought to life onscreen?
Well, Entertainment Weekly got an exclusive interview with Radcliffe regarding his thoughts on just that (though severe spoiler warning here — the interview includes details about Deathly Hallows that you shouldn't see if you haven't yet finished the book).
Unsurprisingly, he devoured the giant tome, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, in little time and then chatted with EW about what surprised him — and what didn't. Check out some highlights from the interview:
- Radcliffe began reading the final book the night before his 18th birthday (which was July 23... like you needed me to tell you that), and marked in the front of the book the time and date when he began reading it, which I just find so thoughtfully romantic of him. He now has the precise moment written down when he began to learn the end of Harry Potter.
- Without going into spoliery details here, Radcliffe actually had several theories and predictions about the series, some of which were confirmed and some of which surprised him by not coming true. He claims the way he'd envisioned the series ending was "far too obvious" and seems relieved that Rowling found "a cleverer way of doing it."
- Radcliffe can't wait to start filming Deathly Hallows: "I think Jo has given me, once again, an amazing opportunity to step up. So hopefully I'll be able to."
- In case you were wondering, he was listening to Scandinavian band Sigur Ros when he finished the book. And then he stared off in space for a while. "I'm still struggling to really take it in. It doesn't leave you in a hurry."