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Daniel Radcliffe Gives His Take on Deathly Hallows

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."
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Black-Mamba Black-Mamba 10 years
LOVE dan! he's totally gonna kick ass after harry potter, too!
katygirlthing katygirlthing 10 years
YAY
Penny4545 Penny4545 10 years
i can't look at him the same ever since those pictures with him in front of the horse... which i, of course, stumble into at work.. in front of my boss =)
nhancieh522 nhancieh522 10 years
...he's really cute, though on the past years i imagined him with hermione hahahaha
LuciLu LuciLu 10 years
Love him, Loved that book. Cant wait for the 6th and 7th movies. :)
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
*Ever
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
I can't stand Sigur Ros. When I worked at a music store it's all the stoners every smoked in the bathroom to. Every. Single. Day.
HellooQueen HellooQueen 10 years
hey i was listening to sigur ros while reading it too!! lol
Phil Phil 10 years
hmm... I think Sigur Ros is actually really appropriate for reading Harry Potter. I wonder how the films would be if they were entirely scored by Sigur Ros!
i-am-elle i-am-elle 10 years
I agree, great interview! Daniel Radcliffe will always be remembered as Harry Potter.. and that's a good thing! :)
sweetheart_450 sweetheart_450 10 years
Great interview! That kid has excellent taste in music!! ;)
dmblauren dmblauren 10 years
**feeling sad and heavy. (my brain doesn't work on mondays)
dmblauren dmblauren 10 years
yep, it definitely does stay with you. i walked around for 3 or 4 days sad feeling heavy.
rubialala rubialala 10 years
Awww, he's so cute.
shafiii shafiii 10 years
the interview was great! i lovee dan !
yiddidea yiddidea 10 years
Thanks for posting this! I was really curious to hear what he, and the other actors, had to say about the final book. I have to say I completely agree with everything he said.
HistoryGeek913 HistoryGeek913 10 years
Poor dobby! Sniff!
ALSW ALSW 10 years
Very cool. I'd liked what he said about Dobby...
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 10 years
I actually have a written record of when I started and finished "Deathly Hallows" myself. I thought I was the only one who would do that!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Enjoyed reading the EW interview. Thanks for the link, Buzz!
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