Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2: Daniel Radcliffe

“The power of love is a huge theme throughout the books and the films, as well,” author J.K. Rowling states. “There are lots of different kinds of love expressed over the course of the story, but friendship is probably the strongest form of love that you see in the movies.”

The love between friends is embodied most in the characters of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. They were portrayed by three young actors who literally grew up on the screen: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson.

Daniel Radcliffe

Radcliffe relates, “I couldn’t even attempt to sum up what the role of Harry Potter has meant to me, but I can say that I never took the opportunity to play him lightly. It may have been the same character, but like anyone else, Harry changed a lot over the years so, as an actor, I looked at each film as an opportunity to do something fresh and to develop another set of skills.”

Emma Watson

“I feel very privileged to have played Hermione,” says Emma Watson. “I think she’s someone young girls can look up to because she’s always true to herself. She’s very smart and an incredibly courageous and loyal friend who keeps a cool head in extremely difficult situations. It was wonderful to be able to bring across those elements of her personality throughout the films.”

Rupert Grint
“I know I’ll miss playing Ron because there was a time when I was him more than I wasn’t him,” Grint laughs. “And I really liked the development of his character. He started out as a kid who was quite easily scared and it was nice to see him grow up to be brave and resourceful, particularly in this last movie where they are in such an unpredictable and dangerous place.”

David Heyman notes, “Over the course of these films, we’ve truly had the who’s who of British acting royalty on our stages, which was tremendous. But watching our young cast grow into fine actors and fine people has been one of the great joys of working on the Harry Potter films. We’re incredibly proud of them.”