16 November 2016

Digital Spy interview: Daniel Radcliffe reveals his first Harry Potter memory

It's 15 years today since the release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in US (and UK) cinemas. Digital Spy talked with Daniel to reminisce about the first film.

The thing that initially got him excited on the first day on set.

"The first few days on the train platform in Goathland, which was also where they film Heartbeat, I think… I remember being there and them saying, 'This is where they film Heartbeat', and I was like 'No Shit! Really? Awesome!' That's a TV show I'd heard of as a kid."
He was not quite prepared for how the film would change his life.
"No one ever sat us down and said, 'This might happen, this might happen'... The first time I really got the sense of that was the first premiere and the first time I got recognised in the street by somebody who went crazy. I was really frightened."
"After that I was like, if I can deal with that then I'm okay. I think my parents were really good in how they dealt with it. Whether they were freaked out or not, they'd turn round to me and be like, 'Isn't life funny! What a weird thing all this stuff's happening!'
"And I think that gave me a good perspective on it rather than me thinking that all this was happening because I'm so amazing, or it was something to be feared or negative - so they gave me a nice healthy attitude towards it."
He never sat down to watch any of the films, although it turned out to be impossible to avoid them altogether.
"I saw a bit of one the other day," he says. "I was in Greece on holiday and there was a film channel that we were watching because it was the only thing in English and it came on and I was like, 'OK, now we've got to find something else to watch'. But I think I watched a couple of scenes and I was like, 'OK, don't need to watch anymore'. One day I probably will watch them back if I have kids, so I'll do that then, but hopefully they'll enjoy them and that'll distract me from my own performance."
source: digitalspy.com

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