What Daniel Radcliffe Hates About The Half-Blood Prince
05.12.11 by Mandy
In this week's upcoming edition of Total Film magazine, Daniel Radcliffe sat down to talk about all things Harry Potter. In the snippet offered online, Radcliffe discusses Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the exposition-heavy, horcrux-explaining, sixth movie in the franchise. In the interview, Radcliffe admits "Half-Blood Prince wasn't my favorite installment overall."
I just hated my performance. The film was good, but it's a huge amount of exposition. I think it's the most beautiful of all the chapters ... but [it's] basically about setting up number seven.... I just wasn't very happy with number six in terms of my own performance.
It was undoubtedly a traumatic event for Harry Potter when he lost his mentor Dumbledore at the end of Half-Blood Prince, but not having Michael Gambon in the two-part final installment of the Harry Potter franchise effected Radcliffe as well, especially after how closely they worked together in the sixth. When asked if he missed Gambon, Radcliffe said "Yes."
Those scenes with the two of us [in The Half-Blood Prince] were the most fun scenes. We shot them all in a period of about two months right at the beginning of the film. We were working together almost every day and it was great. But it was tough because there's so much information to get across, and those scenes go on for the whole book. We had it all condensed into two scenes, pretty much.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which will feature the destruction of the remaining horcruxes as well as the epic final at Hogwarts, opens July 15.