A/V Room









Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban - Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint Q&As

Compiled by: Jack Foley

Q. What’s it like seeing yourself onscreen?
Rupert: It’s weird seeing yourself onscreen but I’ve got used to it now.
Daniel: I never really like watching myself that much. I saw the film with friends, and we were sitting in the front row, and the final shot in the film is of a close-up of my head, and it looked like I was going to eat everyone in the front row!.

Q. How different was it working with Alfonso Cuarón, after Chris Columbus?
Everything that we learned during the two films with Chris, we were able to put into practice with a new director. It helped us to evolve and develop as actors.
Rupert: It was weird when we first found out that there would be a new director, because we got really close to Chris, but Alfonso was wicked and we had a great time.
Alfonso: Because of my bad English, they’d do what they thought I said, which I think helped a bit. [laughs]

Q. Was being able to wear normal clothes a relief in this one?
It made things a lot more comfortable and easier to do the stunts. It also enables you to see the different sides of the characters in this one, and it felt more personal to do, being in your own clothes.
Daniel: Well, a lot more of the story takes place in the holidays between term, so it made it easier. But no child likes wearing school uniform anyway!
Rupert: Well, Ron still gets these weasly, hand-me-down sweaters, so he didn’t fare too well out of it!

Q. How do you see your lives beyond the Harry Potter movies? And, Emma, if it came to a choice between doing the fifth Harry Potter film and the new Brad Pitt movie, which would you choose?
[Blushing and laughing]: Well, we started the fourth movie two weeks ago, so I have no idea about Harry Potter five. It depends what the film was. As for my life after Harry Potter, I love performing, acting, singing and dancing, and really hope I end up in some area of the entertainment world, whether that’s on stage, or in film.
Daniel: I also love acting, and I also like music. But I guess we all just have to see what happens.
Rupert: Pretty much the same, I love acting too. I always dreamed I would become an ice-cream man as a kid, though, as that seemed like the ideal job for me!

Q. What’s it like being the cleverest witch? And do you think girls are cleverer than boys?
Obviously, of course [smiles]. I love my character in this film, she is so much more charismatic. The third book is my favourite book, because Hermione has taken two films of people teasing her, but in this one we see a real turning point. She punches people, she storms out of class. She’s rock ‘n’ roll and has power.

Q. How do you think your characters will end?
People are going to hate me for saying this but I've always had the suspicion that Harry might die. Harry and Voldemort have got the same core in them, which you see in the fourth book. The only way Voldemort could die is if Harry dies as well.
Emma: I’ve always felt very protective of the character, whenever I read the books, so I hope she ends up doing something she loves, maybe with Ron if that makes her happy.
Rupert: I'd like him to turn a bit evil. I've always wanted to play an evil person.

Q. I hear Alfonso asked you to write an essay about your character’s evolution before the start of filming… What did you write?
You know, it was so long ago, that I’ve completely forgotten. I know that we ended up being freakishly like our characters, though. But I think Emma wrote 20 pages…
Emma: No I didn't - it gets more and more every time. First it was 12, then 14, and now 20. I wrote about 10 but I have big handwriting and I leave big spaces.
Rupert: I forgot to do it.

Q. Do you see yourselves playing these characters to the end of the series or do you think there'll come a point where you'd want to do something else?
Whatever happens, happens. I love doing the films and acting but I'm really interested in going on to do other things. When that will be I don't know. Each one takes about 18 months to do, so it's a while before I have to think about even doing the fifth one. I'm not going to lie and say I'd be fine with watching someone else play the part because it would be extremely strange having played it for four films. People do play younger than they are in real life, too. I'm going to be 15 in a couple of months and Harry's only 14 but it's not a huge difference.
Rupert: I'd like to play Ron right to the end - it really is a good experience.
Emma: We've just started the fourth film and every film takes a year to do. They're big projects, and it's hard to look anywhere beyond that.

Q. Do you ever feel intimidated when it comes to doing scenes with actors such as Sir Michael Gambon and Gary Oldman?
Well, I hope he doesn’t mind me saying this, but I have always been a huge fan of Gary Oldman, as he is a fantastic actor. So for me to work with him is a huge honour and a privilege. But they didn’t really intimidate us, once we started to get to know them.
Rupert: It was a bit scary when we first met them, but they’re all so down to earth and really cool people.
Emma: I remember being overwhelmed in the Shrieking Shack scene, because there were so many great actors in front of me (Alan Rickman, David Thewlis, Gary Oldman and Timothy Spall). It was a joy just to be able to watch them, but it also really challenged me as an actor, and helped me to mature. It was also so pleasing to be able to work with Emma Thompson, because she is hilarious.
Alfonso: I actually found the grown-ups were much more intimidated about working with the children!

Q. How does it feel to be a movie star and what are you doing with the money?
My money is in the bank. I’m only 14 so I don’t really have a major need for it. I guess I’ve been buying a few more CDs.
Emma: Like Dan, the money is in the bank. And I don’t really feel like a movie star, except for maybe two to three days in a year. Other than that, I just go back to being myself.
Rupert: It’s a bit weird, being a movie star, but you get used to it. And the money is always nice to have. I bought one of those cool quad bikes.

Q. Are you afraid of always being remembered as Harry Potter in future years, like Macaulay Culkin?
That’s a cheery thought! It would be the stupidest thing to think like that, because this role has been amazing for me, and provided so many opportunities. I would hope to be able to go on to other things, of course, and that people will like what I do, but I guess I will just have to wait and see what happens.

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