Updated: Weekly Reader interview

As filming for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was wrapping up, Daniel spoke with Weekly Reader.

Update:  Read Daniel's clarification regarding one question below.

How would you describe Harry these days?
He’s grown up quite a bit. He’s becoming slightly more aggressive. In this story [Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire], everything is being taken away, and it’s out of his hands. Harry struggles to get a grip on the situation.

How has being Harry Potter changed your life?
I do get recognized in public. This one guy saw me near a [subway] station and burst out, “Hey, everyone! Look!” It would have been OK with me if he hadn’t yelled. The other thing that has changed is that I’m not in school as I’d normally be. [He attends school on the set.]

Do you still enjoy portraying Harry Potter?
Yes, it gets easier, but each film presents new challenges.

How do you get along with other cast members?
Me and Emma [Watson] are like brother and sister. We don’t have huge fights, but we do have altercations. Rupert [Grint] I don’t really know. I don’t spend that much time with him. Emma and I spend a lot more time together. (* – see below)

What is it like working with director Mike Newell and the new cast members, such as Katie Leung? Working with Mike Newell has been fantastic. We don’t see that much of each other when we’re not filming. Katie is a completely, really, really natural actor–and she’s really cool.
Are you shy, like you are with Cho Chang, in real life?
I’m quite shy, but I’d like to think that I’m not. I don’t have a girlfriend, but I try. Sometimes I find myself not knowing what to say to [girls]. I don’t understand girls yet, but I’m trying to.

Which scenes did you most enjoy filming in The Goblet of Fire?
The underwater scenes were the most interesting and the most fun. I had two ear infections from being underwater so much. Mike told us, “Don’t try to actually speak your lines underwater. Just move your mouth.”

Do you have one favorite scene?
I did enjoy the graveyard scene in an intense kind of way. Remembering all the scenes does become a blur. There’s also another scene in the bathroom in a hot tub that I enjoyed.

If you could have one magical power of Harry’s, what would it be?
That I could do everything with the wand, like cast spells.

What will life be like for you after Harry Potter?
I want to continue to be an actor and maybe be a director. If I could direct one really great film, then I’d never want to direct again. I have a certain confidence about my acting now.

(*) – Dan’s response to this question, as it was presented by Weekly Reader, raised an unprecedented amount of queries and comments about his friendship with the other cast members when the interview was originally posted, Dan later sent danradcliffe.com this clarification:
“I usually do not make any comment on postings on websites however, I have been made aware that a simple answer I gave in an interview to Weekly Reader re my relationship with Rupert has sent people into a maelstrom of speculation. It has shocked me that the words “I don’t spend much time with Rupert” has been interpreted in so many grossly inaccurate ways.

FACT: I like Rupert, I get on with Rupert, we are friends and when we are on set together we have a good laugh.

We don’t spend much time together off set – because there isn’t any! Those of you who are familiar with GoF will know that there are many scenes in which Ron doesn’t appear Also, I am still at school and when I am not on set filming I am in tutoring and when Rupert is not needed for filming he is not in the studio. But, we are good friends and any suggestion otherwise is wrong”.

Dan
source: weeklyreader.com

Newsletter preview

Danradcliffe.com recieved a preview of Daniel's next newsletter that will be send out to fans. In it he answers a few questions that were sent in by readers of danradcliffe.com and he gives fans one of his favorite recipes.

The preview:
For this newsletter, I have decided to answer several questions which have been posted on Danradcliffe.com. Just for the record, the questions were chosen at random by a friend and not by me because as everyone knows I never visit websites.

1. HOW MANY TIMES A WEEK DO YOU HAVE GUITAR LESSONS AND DO YOU ENJOY THEM?
Unfortunately, because I have been so busy on Goblet of Fire and revising for my exams I have stopped having lessons as there weren’t enough hours in the day!!!!!!! However I hope to get back to them when things ease up a little.

2. CURRENTLY WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE SONGS?
Retreat by The Rakes, Not Everyone by Nine Black Alps and Tuned To A Different Station by Dogs

3. HOW TALL ARE YOU?
5’5 and a half inches – the half inch is very important!

4. WHAT MOVIE HAVE YOU SEEN RECENTLY?
The German film The Edukators directed by Hans Weingartner – loved it!

5. WHAT IS THE MOST PLAYED SONG ON YOUR IPOD?
No Surprises by Radiohead

6. WHAT IS THE MOST BEWILDERING THING ABOUT GIRLS?
I never know whether they are laughing with me or at me.

7. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK AT THE MOMENT?
I have just finished 1984 by George Orwell and loved it.

8. IS THERE SOMETHING YOU HAVE LEARNED TO COOK YET?
Yes, I love cooking Baked Gnocchi Bolognese (it’s very easy and a bit of a cheat). It’s a recipe by Delia Smith and you can find it at Danradcliffe.com and Danradcliffe.co.uk. If I can make it – anyone can!!!!!!

9. IS THERE ANYTHING ABOUT GIRLS THAT ANNOY YOU?
Yes, girls who are totally obsessed with being cool.

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE SIMPSON EPISODE
Currently Homer Loves Flanders (Series 5)
The recipe:

Baked Gnocchi Bolognese
INGREDIENTS:
1x20g pack of fresh basil
1x500g packet fresh gnocchi
1x300g tub bolognese sauce
1x300g tub four cheese sauce
3oz (75g) grated mozzarella
2 tablespoons fresh, grated Parmigiano Reggiano
Whole nutmeg
Salt and freshly milled black pepper

*** You will also need an oblong (8in x 6in x 1.5 in/ 20cm x 15cm x 4cm)or square medium sized baking dish.

Preheat the oven to gas mark 4, 350F (180C). The only preparation work you’re going to do is start by chopping the basil leaves – leaving aside 4 nice small sprigs for a garnish – and boil the gnocchi. To do this bring a large pan of water up to boiling point, add some salt and tip in the gnocchi. Cook them for about 3 minutes: as they’re cooking they rise to the surface, and at that point you hike them out into a bowl, using a draining spoon.
After that spread half the Bolognese sauce over the base of the baking dish and follow that with half the cheese sauce. Next add all the cooked gnocchi in a layer and season with salt and pepper. Now sprinkle in the chopped basil, plus half the mozzarella, followed by the rest of the Bolognese sauce and then the remainder of the cheese sauce.

Top with the remaining grated mozzarella, a few gratings of nutmeg, and finally the grated Parmigiano Reggiano. Bake in the oven on a high shelf for 30-35 minutes, or until the top is brown and bubbling. Leave it to settle out of the oven for 10 minutes before serving, and garnish each portion with a small basil sprig. A green salad is a good accompaniment.

The original recipe can be found here. For more recipes by Delia Smith, please visit Delia Online.

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