Actors Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint, along with producers David Heyman, David Barron, director David Yates, and screenwriter Steve Kloves were interviewed about bringing the sixth film, Half-Blood Prince, to life and how they readied themselves for the feature. Attached with a new photo of Harry in the boys' dorm, courtesy of Snitch Seeker, the article can be read below:
â€œHarry Potter and the Half-Blood Princeâ€ not only represents a new chapter in the lives of Harry and his friends and foes, it is one that blends humor and heartbreak, romance and redemption, and the past and the present as never before. And in the wake of Lord Voldemortâ€™s return, the choice between good and evil has never had more serious ramifications.
Heyman offers, â€œOne of the central themes in the Harry Potter books is the choices we make are what ultimately define us. Itâ€™s also something we have explored and will continue to explore in the films. Each of the books, as well as the respective films, chronicles a different year in Harryâ€™s life, and the sixth installment is no exception. In the last film, we were watching Harry at a difficult stageâ€”tormented by dreams, questioning himself and beset by personal demons. Now heâ€™s a year older and that brings a different set of issues and responsibilities.â€
â€œFor me, the films have always been about a loss of innocence,â€ says Daniel Radcliffe, the actor behind the title character, who can perhaps no longer be called the boy wizard. â€œWhen Harry came into this world, it was all just amazing and brilliant and kind of pure. But as the films have gone on, thatâ€™s totally disintegrated, and heâ€™s realizing that the wizarding world has just as many, if not more, challenges than the world he grew up in before.â€
However, there are some challenges shared by teenagers in both worlds, whether wizard or Muggle. Producer David Barron acknowledges that there is no magic spell to evade the perils of adolescence, noting, â€œRomantic entanglements are never easy, at whatever age we are, but in adolescence they can be particularly difficult. I think Jo (J.K. Rowling) captured that wonderfully in the book and our remarkable director, David Yates, and our talented cast have brought it beautifully to the screen with both heart and humor.â€
Heyman states, â€œJo gave us the gift of these magnificent books and every one is a jewel. Her imagination never ceases to amaze me. Each Harry Potter book brings us new challenges and new opportunities, so coming into this movie, we were as excited as ever.â€
Director David Yates had entered the world of Harry Potter with â€œHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,â€ the fifth film in the series. â€œI had such a great experience on the last film and was thrilled to be asked back,â€ he says. â€œI loved the sixth book. It is hugely entertaining, bringing more romance to Hogwarts than weâ€™ve ever seen before combined with an intriguing uncovering of Voldemortâ€™s past that has huge implications for the rest of the series.
â€œAnother year brings up another set of challenges for Harry, Ron and Hermione, and the older they get the more complex they become,â€ Yates continues. â€œI really enjoyed exploring deeper aspects of the characters further with Dan, Rupert (Grint) and Emma (Watson). They are really keen to push and be pushed in their roles because we all want these characters to grow and develop both with the unfolding stories and the audience.â€
The cast has equal praise for their director. â€œDavid is a joy to work with,â€ says Radcliffe. â€œI always looked forward to seeing him on the set because he has so much energy and enthusiasm, which is fantastic.â€
Rupert Grint, who plays the role of Harryâ€™s best friend, Ron Weasley, adds, â€œWe all got on really well with David, so we were pleased he was coming back. Going through the script, he really listened to what we had to say about our characters, but he also offered a lot of help and guidance.â€
Having scripted the first four Harry Potter films, Steve Kloves returned to the franchise to write the screenplay for â€œHarry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.â€ Heyman comments, â€œIn this film, more than in the previous ones, there were a number of narrative threads to follow, so that was one of the great challenges. We were blessed to have another wonderful screenplay from Steve Kloves, who wove them all together brilliantly. And David Yates really made them gel. He is a formidable director. Apart from telling a good story, the humanity of the characters is so important to him and he continues to draw out new sides of our actors that even I had never seen before.â€