Daniel Radcliffe is getting ready to film Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, but he was more interested in the seventh and final book than the next screenplay. Looking ahead to what awaited him at the end of the series, Radcliffe was excited to film the final scenes, two movies from now.
[Spoiler warning: Radcliffe discusses the ending to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows below.]
“In terms of the ending of the book, I was thrilled,” said Radcliff. “I was very, very pleased because I basically get the best of both worlds. I get the scene of my demise and also I get to live on after that, which is any actors’ dream. You get to die and then you get more screen time. It’s fantastic.”
Though J.K. Rowling is the ultimate author of Harry Potter, Radcliffe still felt personal about his contributions to the character. “I’m not going to take this into too pretentious a route but there’s a quote from Chekhov when he wrote to the [love of his life] and he was with her when he died. He addresses a letter to her and he says, ‘Hello, the last page of my life.’ Which seemed very appropriate to me reading this book, because he has been such a part of my life now. I’ve been with him through all my teen years, and I was suddenly aware that wow, this is the last time I will take a journey with this character. It was quite a special moment.”
Then reality set in. “I was thinking, ‘How are we going to make it into a movie?’ It’s going to be tough, but that’s why someone cleverer than me adapts them. I think if we get it right, which I’m confident we will, it should be amazing.”