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FEATURE HARRY POTTER

HOGWARTS AND ALL

Daniel Radcliffe (right) as Harry Potter, Quidditch player

Daniel Radcliffe is heading off to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardy as the most famous boy in the world: Harry Potter!

Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone is released on November 16 and will be reviewed in the next issue

From Film Review Dec 2001

Daniel Radcliffe isn't just standing on the cusp of international stardom – he’s already there, even before the film that he’s destined to be associated with for life has been released. Dressed smartly in his Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry school uniform, he says that the entire experience is proving to be “great fun,” and shows off his costume proudly.

Surprisingly, the boy who’s going to embody the biggest childhood obsession since Pokémon wasn’t a huge fan of Harry Potter prior to being cast. “I had read the first two,” he says, “but I wasn’t really a fan of reading at that time. But as soon as I got the part I read all four of them, one after the other, and I really loved them. So they have kind of helped me start reading again.”

Daniel first heard he’d been cast “quite late, about ten o’clock,” he tells us. “So I stayed up late that night and just watched TV and stuff. The next day I came straight to the studios at Leavesden. The very next day.” Fortunately, the shock of dropping into the world of the Hollywood superstar has been somewhat tempered by the response of his friends and family. “They haven’t treated me any differently,” says Daniel. “They are a good set of friends, I’m very lucky. A lot of them have been out to the set, and I see them every weekend."

He admits, though, that the showbusiness line of work does appeal to him. “The best thing,” he says, “is being around the people. I love meeting new people, and you meet so many of them. It wouldn’t surprise me if I’ve met a new person every day I’ve come to the set. It’s great fun...”

POTTED POTTER

The first ideas for Harry Potter and his wizarding world came to primary school teacher Joanne Kathleen Rowling in 1990, while on a dreary train journey from Manchester to London. She is credited as JK Rowling on her books as her publishers feared that young boys wouldn’t read fantasy novels written by a woman.

Rowling completed her first manuscript on a manual typewriter in 1995. The novel was turned down by HarperCollins and several other major publishers.

Harry’s success can be charted through the first hardback print-runs of the four novels issued to date: The Philosopher’s Stone — 500 copies; The Chamber of Secrets — 10,150 copies; The Prisoner of Azkaban — 10,000 copies; The Goblet of Fire — one million copies.

In 1999, a time capsule was buried at London’s King’s Cross station to celebrate the paperback publication of The Chamber of Secrets. It contains predictions from children on what they think will happen in the seventh and final Harry Potter novel. The turquoise Ford Anglia flown by Harry and Ron in The Chamber of Secrets is based on Rowling’s parents’ own car from when she was a child.

Gary Gillatt

Film Review Oct 2001 issue• For the full eight-page version of this cover feature, packed with over two dozen pictures, read on in the December 2001 issue (#612) of Film Review...

• Visit the official Harry Potter filmsite (UK)

Harry Potter is copyright: Warner Brothers 2001. Not for reproduction.

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