‘Harry Potter’ cast ready for goodbye

Wright and Radcliffe.

It’s an exciting time to be a Potter-head: The final installment of the film series is just three months away, and the second-to-last movie drops on Blu-Ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download today. We caught up with cast members at the recently-opened Harry Potter: The Exhibition in New York.

On growing up in the Potter films

Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley): It’s been a massive and amazing experience. I don’t think we could have asked for any better environment to be in to be learning from others.

On who had a penchant for the set’s souvenirs

Producer David Heyman: Alan Rickman stole more props than anybody …[but] he does give them to charity.

On getting the part

Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid): My children [told me] if I didn’t play Hagrid I would not be allowed home again.
David Thewlis (Remus Lupin): I auditioned actually for Professor Quirrel and didn’t get it. And I’m very glad because he died in the first film.

On their very first days on set

Michael Gambon (Dumbledore): I was just petrified … But you just fight your way through it.
Domhnall Gleeson (Bill Weasley): I nearly wet myself. You can tell [I was] the new guy on set because [I had] a wand in the corner going, “Poof!”
Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood): I wasn’t an actor; I was just a huge fan. I remember [Daniel Radcliffe] knew that I was a nervous wreck … I had to ask him, “Can I just touch you?”
Producer David Baron: [Dan] was always really aware of the newcomers and went to great lengths to make them feel comfortable.

On the action in the eighth movie

: When you have a wand it’s actually quite difficult to stage action in a way that feels suitably strong and aggressive.
Natalia Tena (Tonks): Shouting swear words while you’re using the wand helps.

On what to expect in the final film

: It’s an action adventure, but what I love most about these films is the characters and the human elements, [and] time is taken for that.

Where the magic happens

The cast and crew of the “Potter” films spoke to Metro at Harry Potter: The Exhibition, on view at Discovery Times Square until September 5. Visitors to the 14,000-square foot exhibition can view actual artifacts from all seven films — including Harry’s acceptance letter from Hogwarts, He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named’s wand and Gryffindor’s Horcrux-fighting sword — and also participate in the magic, for example, by practicing their Quaffle-tossing skills on a mock Quidditch field. For more information, call 866-987-9692 or visit www.discoveryts.com.


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