Interview with Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint
Interviewer: Now, I understand that Alfonso had you each write an essay. What was that all about?
Rupert: Um, actually, I never did the essay.
Interviewer: True to character, you didn't hand in your homework.
Rupert: I didn't do it, but
Emma: Yeah. He asked us to write an essay about who we thought our characters were, why they did the things they do, their backgrounds, their feelings, their thoughts, how they've changed in the first year of Hogwarts, second year of Hogwarts, and now into the third year. And all that kind of stuff.
Dan: I felt, really, so pleased with myself. Because you (points at Rupert) hadn't handed yours in. I felt so please. "I've done it, I've done it, I've done it!". I hand mine in, the next day, Emma comes in with all 16 pages of hers. (Emma laughs)
Interviewer: It's frighteningly good casting, really, the way you're reacting to this.
Dan: We got a chance to explore the characters more because they're growing up, so there's more scope to the characters.
Emma: We're teenagers.
Interviewer: What is the first thing that, typically, fans do when they see you in public?
Dan: Kind of quite a lot double takes, first of all. I think there's almost this theory that we can't go out in public so it must just be somebody who looks like us.
Talking Head: (Sarcastically) Tell me about it.
Dan: But that's kind of a myth, we do actually go out.
Emma: Yeah, I was in Topshop the other day, and this woman who's working there comes up and goes, "It's so funny. You look exactly like the girl who plays Hermione." It's like, "That's because I am." "Excuse me? What? Sorry?" (Laughter)
Talking Head: I have to travel in a handbag so the girls won't get me. (Laughter) Like they say, once you've gone out with a shrunken head, you never go back. (He laughs)
Interviewer: Do you see where your mouth has come unstitched? That could easily be restitched.
Talking Head: Nahhh (sticks out tongue)
Interviewer: What is the most ridiculous thing a fan has ever said to you?
Dan: Well I've had proposals of marriage. I hand one, which was bizarre. It was terrifying.
Emma: It was "Dan, marry me."
Dan: Yeah. It was the weirdest one. It was this big sign. And the other one was the towel girl.
Emma: Oh, god.
Interviewer: The towel girl?
Dan: The towel girl. She's a legend.
Interviewer: And what did the towel girl do?
Dan: We were filming-I was doing MTV in New York. And it was freezing cold out. It's not like it was a warm summer's day. It was so cold. And I got up there, and they took me over to the window, and there was a girl standing there wearing nothing but a Harry Potter towel, with a sign that said-It doesn't get much better than this!
Interviewer: That's so flattering.
Dan: With a sign that says, "Nothing comes between me and Harry Potter." It was great.
Shrunken Head: I bet it was. (Laughter)
Dan: It was! Yeah.
Interviewer: In the movie, you encounter a boggart who transforms itself into your worst fear. If you individually encountered boggarts, what do you think they'd be? You (Rupert) look like you love that pressure.
Rupert: Oh yeah. Well, I'm actually scared of spiders. I hate spiders. Just like Ron, really.
Shrunken Head: You're wimpier than Johnny (the interviewer)
Interviewer: What animal, or Animagus--? Is it "Animagus"?
Interviewer: I've been corrected by Hermione Granger. What do you think the other two (Emma and Rupert) would morph into?
Dan: Oh, God. I don't know.
Rupert: You always said that I looked like a frog.
Dan: I didn't say that.
Rupert: You did in one of the pictures.
Dan: Did I?
Rupert: Yeah. One of the stills. I was-
Dan: That was during my horrible phase. Well, I don't know. What animal would you like to be? You like camels.
Rupert: Camels are quite cool.
Dan: So he can be a camel.
Interviewer: It's a handy thing to be. You can go a long time without water (laughter).
Dan: Yeah, exactly! I have absolutely no idea about-I'm sorry.
Interviewer: Throw one in.
Emma: Come on. Yeah, come on, Dan. No pressure or anything.
Interviewer: You're meant to be able to do things like (snaps fingers) that.
Dan: I know, but I can't!
Interviewer: You are potter!
Dan: I'm meant to be able to.
Shrunken Head: Hey, how about a potato head? A platypus.
Dan: Help me! (Emma laughs)
Shrunken Head: A lion
Dan: A lion!
Interviewer: What do you (Emma) think he'd (Dan) be?
Emma: Well, I know he has a real thing for werewolves.
Dan: No, just wolves. Wolves.
Emma: Wolves, wolves, okay.
Dan: I convinced you I was a werewolf.
Rupert: He did, yeah.
Dan: Yeah, I told him I was a werewolf.
Rupert: I believed you as well.
Interviewer: No, you couldn't have done, really.
Rupert: Oh I did. Yeah.
Interviewer: Okay, fellas, you are probably the most famous under-16-year-olds on this Earth.
Interviewer: The girls must be-It must be a glorious time.
Emma: A bunch of towel girls.
Dan: Yes, many many towel girls. No, it's great. It's very cool, yeah.
Interviewer: What are the things you'd really like to do that you can do in Harry Potter, but can't in the real world? Would Quidditch be one? What sort of things? If you could pick one thing.
Dan: I think I'd probably like the invisibility cloak. Because then I could just sneak into so many rock concerts, it'd be great.
Shrunken Head: You don't need a cloak to sneak into concerts. Just roll in under the turnstile, like I do.
Dan: Yeah. (Laughter)
Shrunken Head: But I do have a favorite band.
Interviewer: Okay. What's your favorite band?
Shrunken Head: Isn't it obvious? Talking Heads. (Group laughter) You walked into that one.
Interviewer: Last thing. When a new Harry Potter book comes out, having started out just as Harry Potter book fans, it must have really changed the way you read these books.
Dan: You do kind of start to look at is as, "Oh, my God, well, I'll be doing this."
Interviewer: For you it's a list of things to do.
Dan: Yeah, I read the fourth book as we started the first film. At the Yule Ball, me and Ron are like-I remember, just reading: "Oh, my God, we're wearing dresses?"
Emma: Excuse me? (Sarcastically)
Interviewer: "I've got to do that."
Dan: "No, surely."
Interviewer: Did you have a similar moment when you read that?
Ron: Definitely, that scared me quite a bit.
Interviewer: But do you, when you look at it, think, "That's another two weeks in blue screen"? Does it ruin or heighten your enjoyment of the book?
Dan: For me, it heightens it, because it's like: "Oh my God, I'm actually gonna get to do this." Kids all over the world dream of this stuff, and you're gonna do it. It's fantastic.
Shrunken Head: Psstt
Shrunken Head: Don't you think I'd be a great Harry Potter?
Interviewer: Oh yeah, yeah, especially when it comes to waving a wand. (Laughter)
Shrunken Head: I hadn't thought of that.
Emma: Now that I've done the film, when I'm reading the book, I can see Dan, Rupert and I actually doing it. It's really funny. I have this little picture in my head.
Interviewer: Ok, I'm all done. So now it is time to turn to the Dre Head and ask him to ask you his one question.
Shrunken Head: Daniel, isn't our scene together the highlight of the film? Don't you think it's head and shoulders above the rest?
Dan: It's the Knight Bus scene, isn't it? Yeah. And I just remember, I remember when you got on set, you were making all the demands, actually. Yeah.
Emma: He wouldn't come out of his trailer for hours.
Shrunken Head: I don't remember that.
Interviewer: You asked a question, don't interrupt. Sorry (Dan)
Dan: Thank you.
Shrunken Head: I-don't-remember-that.
Interviewer: He's unbelievable! (Laughter) Go on.
Dan: No, yeah, no. It's a great scene. Very good scene.
Shrunken Head: Come on Daniel. I'm the most talented shrunken head in the Screen Actors Guild. (Laughter) In fact, I'm the only shrunken head in the Guild.