MuggleNet Reports on the “Half-Blood Prince” Premiere in London
by Nicholas Myers · Published · Updated
Earlier this week, I attended the London premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I was given a spot in the online pen on the red carpet to conduct audio interviews with the stars, but since the harsh weather and noise made audio recording difficult, I seized the opportunity and captured the proceedings on film. We had to interview as a group at times, but we managed to get some interesting information about the next film.
Transcribed by Marissa Osman
Helen McCrory: Hello!
Interviewer: The unbreakable vow is one of the most powerful scenes [that] you're in. What was it like to film? What was your preparation like?
Helen: Well, it's quite strange because - as you know - we don't know the CGI they're about to put on it. You're standing there, tensing your whole body and intensely looking into Alan Rickman's eyes saying, "Save my son." Then they call cut and you think, "I really hope they make that look good." [laughs]
Interviewer: It was fantastic. It was one of my favorite scenes.
Helen: Is it? Oh, I'm thrilled!
Interviewer: Have you started on [Movie] 7 yet?
Helen: We're about to start on Tuesday.
Interviewer: Fantastic. Are you looking forward to it?
Helen: Yes. I think it will be the best.
Interviewer: Will you be filming the scenes at Malfoy Manor on Tuesday?
Helen: Apparently it's absolutely extraordinary. I haven't seen the set yet.
Interviewer: It's everybody's favorite scene from the series.
Helen: Every time we've done these films before, it's always ended with a "dot, dot, dot" [elipsis]. But this is the final one so it can be epic. They're about to do a full stop. [unintelligible]
[Daniel Radcliffe answers an interviewer's question about the film honoring Rob Knox]
Interviewer: What do you think about what London looks like in the film?
Daniel Radcliffe: I think it's great, isn't it? It's nice to have a film that suddenly glams London up and makes it look a bit more cool [sic]. New York always looks cool, [so] we need London to start looking a bit more cool [sic] in films. I'm pleased with it.
Interviewer: Is this the [best film] yet?
Daniel: I haven't seen the fifth, but I do think the sixth is really, really excellent. I hope you enjoy it.
Interviewer: [In the] next movie, you're the hero.
Matthew Lewis: It's quite strange, isn't it? I never thought Neville was going to come through like that! He was always underground, in Hogwarts, fighting from the inside. It's brilliant.
Interviewer: He's like Sean Connery.
Matthew: He's like the Sean Connery of the Harry Potter world.
Interviewer: What was it like [unintelligible]
Matthew: [unintelligible] I've not been at work for a few months so I missed [unintelligible].
Interviewer: Where are you from?
Matthew: I'm from Leeds. Up North.
Matthew: I don't think we have anything quite like this up North in Yorkshire. I've been to a couple of these premieres and they're not quite as crazy as this. London knows how to do it properly, I'll be honest. The turnout has been absolutely incredible. I've acted since I was five, but it's been a lot of television [roles]. To come from Leeds - my parents aren't part of the industry at all - and to come down here and do stuff like this? It's insane. I love it. It's fantastic.
Matthew: Thank you very much. Cheers.
Interviewer: I love how you [refer to it as] "work."
Matthew: I know! I call it work, I pretend to people [that] it's work, I told the school I went to [that] it's work, but it's not. It's a ridiculous amount of fun and we have such a laugh. It's great.
Interviewer: Have you seen the film already?
Matthew: I have. I saw it a few weeks ago.
Interviewer: Are you proud of your role in it?
Matthew: Yeah! Neville's not featured that much in this film - he takes more of a backseat - so I got to watch the film more for fun this year. Which, for me, was brilliant, because I've been a fan of the books since I was about nine or ten. To watch the film as a fan? It was great. It is very good. I'm proud of it even if Neville wasn't really in it I was still there for six or seven months so it's great to finally see it as a finished product.
Interviewer: Are you looking forward to being an action hero in the next one?
Matthew: [laughs] Yeah! Absolutely. We got a taste of the action last year with Order of the Pheonix. [We were] running around like Tom Cruise. It was ridiculous [and] so much fun. We had training with the stunt guys and I still can't believe they wouldn't give me a sword.
Interviewer: Have you already started filming Deathly [Hallows] scenes?
Matthew: I did. I started those a few months ago. But we've not done any of the big fighting, action scenes yet. We start in October.
Interviewer: What was the most recent scene you filmed?
Matthew: We shot some stuff in Hogwarts Castle with Harry and Hermione.
Interviewer: If you could play one person in the Harry Potter world, who would it be and why?
Matthew: Another character? I love Neville; I think he's a great character, but if I had to play another one it would be someone nasty or someone on the other side like Lucius Malfoy. I think Jason Issacs does a great job as Lucius Malfoy but I think that would be quite cool.
Interviewer: You said you loved the Quidditch scenes in Half-Blood Prince. Can you tell us something about your favorite scenes?
Matthew: There's a wonderful scene where Rupert takes a love potion and falls head-over-heels for Romilda Vane. It is Rupert in top form- his comedy best. He does absolutely fantastic. He's hilarious. You're going to love it.
Jessie Cave: It feels very surreal to be here. I never dreamed I would get cast. [unintelligible] The weather is atrocious.
Interviewer: How did you get on with your co-star Rupert Grint?
Jessie: Very well.
Interviewer: What was it like chasing him around to kiss him all the time?
Jessie: I did chase him. I hounded him down and made sure he was mine, as Lavender. I think she's a lovable character. She just loves Ron.
Interviewer: She's not a bad girl.
Jessie: She's not a bad girl! She's not dislikable, she's just annoying at times.
Interviewer: Are you coming back for the seventh film?
Jessie: I am!
Interviewer: What was it like when you heard that Rupert had Swine Flu? Did you think, "Oh, I'm going to die!"
Tom Felton: [laughs] No, no. I wasn't worried. I've spoken to Rupert; I heard that he's fine and it's just a mild case. Nothing to worry about.
Interviewer: How's filming on the next one going?
Tom: It's going really [well], man! We've only just started but we're excited.
Interviewer: What scenes have you done?
Tom: Nothing, yet. We've just done rehearsals. We're very excited.
Interviewer: Are you proud of this film?
Tom: Very proud! This is the best film yet, so enjoy it.
Jason Issacs: Hello, hello, hello!
Interviewer: Hello, Jason! Have you seen the finished product yet?
Jason: I haven't.
Interviewer: Your wife, Narcissa, told us that you start filming the Malfoy Manor scenes on Tuesday. Are you looking forward to those?
Jason: I am a huge fan of Helen, who plays my wife. Which made it all the easier when they cast her because I was pushing for me to play the part in a wig. But when I found out it was her, I thought that was okay.
Editor’s Note: Unfortunately, we are unable to transcribe Part 2 due to the poor quality of the audio recording.