Daniel Radcliffe and His LEGO Project on “A Late Show with Stephen Colbert”

In this time of social distancing, late-night talk shows are using the magic of the Internet to chat to celebrity guests and bring viewers some light relief. And who better to bring a smile to everyone’s faces than Daniel Radcliffe (and his giant Jurassic Park LEGO set!)?

Radcliffe’s appearance on A Late Show with Stephen Colbert (the title Colbert has given to his quarantine-edition episodes of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) didn’t get off to the best start. Technical difficulties meant that although Radcliffe could hear the host, Colbert could not hear Radcliffe. This created a few minutes of comedy content when Radcliffe resorted to communication with pen and paper before both parties ended up using phones to communicate.



Of course, the first thing that was discussed was the widely circulated false story that Radcliffe has COVID-19. After reiterating that he does not have the virus, Radcliffe went on to explain that stories about him having having a “secret illness” have followed him throughout the years:

I don’t read comments about myself on the Internet anymore, but when I used to, and I did used to, there were so many that were just like, ‘He’s ill. He has a secret illness he’s not telling anyone about,’ and I’m just very pale.

Once that was out of the way, attention turned to quarantine activities, and it was revealed that Radcliffe and his girlfriend had been working on a 3,000-piece LEGO set of the Jurassic Park gates complete with dinosaur.



Finally, Colbert proposed that the character of Harry Potter is a good example for people to follow when in quarantine because he had to live in a cupboard under the stairs for 11 years. Radcliffe responded with some important advice and one of the central themes of the series that some fans may have missed:

I mean, that’s very much the part of the books that I feel we wanted people to aspire to.

The message of the books that I remember is, isolate yourself and wash your hands.

Check out the interview below, and if you have built any Potter LEGO sets during quarantine, let us know in the comments!



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Lucy O'Shea

I was given a copy of Philosopher's Stone in 2001, and instantly, I was hooked. Since then, my passion for Potter has been equaled only by my passion for fair access to education (and watching motorsport). A spell I wish could exist in the Muggle world is the summoning charm because this Hufflepuff is not a "particularly good finder"!