Daniel Radcliffe Talks Light and Dark in Harry Potter 6 and 7
by Alex Billington
November 26, 2007
If you can believe it, right after Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix arrived in theaters this summer, a mere 4 months ago, they're already back out filming the last two Harry Potter movies back-to-back, with Deathly Hallows arriving by 2010. You should be able to believe it because the last book already arrived on shelves, too, and I'm certain all the fans are anxious to see the movies finish up as well! The entire cast and crew are already back hard at work in England working on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and the Edmonton Sun was able to chat with a few of the stars about the last two films.
For those unfamiliar with the actual books, the sixth one, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, is much more of a romantic comedy than the darker kind of story that was in Order of the Phoenix. At least that's what is happening with the movie, despite whether the book is strictly a romantic comedy or not. The production team on the movies has decided it will "emphasize the romantic entanglements" more in Half-Blood Prince, which will definitely be a change from Order of the Phoenix. Producer David Hayman says, "It's much more comedy and the awkwardness of romance. And the romance goes beyond Harry into Hermione and Ron and other characters."
As for what the franchise's star, Daniel Radcliffe, thinks about the next film in the franchise, he's not too excited to be leaving the darker realm that was prevalent in Order of the Phoenix.
"I think the script's great and I think it's going to be a really great film. But I'm just one of those people that, in what I'm doing, I always lean toward the dark side and I really enjoy doing the dark stuff," says Radcliffe. "I know Emma and Rupert really, really like the lighter stories and all that. And Rupert particularly is really going to have a field day on this, because he's got fantastic comic timing and he'll be able to use all of that to great effect on this film with his relationship with Lavender Brown."
However, Radcliffe is quite excited to work on Deathly Hallows, and I'm sure everyone is. Can you imagine all 7 movies coming together after 9 years culminating into an epic conclusion? By the time we reach Deathly Hallows, it should be poised to be the biggest film opening in history. As for what Radcliffe has to say, he's pretty enthusiastic.
"(But) I'm actually going to miss doing all the morbid stuff, I think." So he is eager for film seven. "That's the one last hurrah, that film. That's going to be great. I really am very, very excited about the whole thing. It's going to be epic, I hope."
I certainly hope so, too. Imagine how much more epic Lord of the Rings: Return of the King would have been if there were 6 other movies before it, not just 2! Both Emma Watson and Rupert Grint commented on the progression into Half-Blood Prince as well, and you can read more of their responses over at the Edmonton Sun.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is set to arrive in theaters next November 21st, 2008 under the direction of Order of the Phoenix director David Yates. The film hasn't been affected by the Writers Strike, as a script has been completed for quite some time. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is aiming for a 2010 release but doesn't have a director attached or a completed script yet. Stay tuned for more developments on the Harry Potter movies right here at FS.net!