Daniel Radcliffe

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Interviewed by Alec Cawthorne

Harry Potter has been described as the biggest and best hero since James Bond. How does that make you feel?

Wow! It makes me feel very privileged to be playing him. It's very exciting because Harry's got such an interesting life.

What advice have your parents given you to handle fame?

My mum and dad have just told me to enjoy it. There are a lot worse things [that could] happen than just being recognized.

What was the most memorable part of film-making, and the most nerve-wracking?

I'm not just saying this, but one of the best parts was working with Chris [Columbus], because he's a total inspiration. He really enjoys what he does, and it's a real honour working with him. The most nerve-wracking thing was the first day, because before that it had just been me, Rupert [Grint], Emma [Watson], and Chris, rehearsing in Chris's office. I got the call sheet for the first day, I looked under the cast and it said "Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint". So I thought, Fine, I'm used to that. Then I turned over the page and it said: "Extras, 150." At that moment, I got quite scared.

How will you feel if you're still playing Harry when you're 17 or 18?

I'm just going to take it one book at a time. Harry advances so much in each [school] year, he comes more out of his shell. If I'm thinking about playing Harry in the fourth book or the third or whatever, I could end up bringing his character from one of them and put it in the second, and it just wouldn't look right.

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