Daniel Radcliffe probably owes a few co-stars in the Harry Potter movie franchise a measure of gratitude. After all, Maggie Smith, who played Professor McGonagall, helped him land the title role. But another actor played a vital role in sharpening the young star’s acting skills. That’s why Radcliffe prefers the movie they made together over all the other Potter movies.
Which ‘Harry Potter’ Movie Is Daniel Radcliffe’s Favorite?
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You would think the answer would be: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 because of the big fight scene with Voldemort, but you’d be wrong. Radcliffe revealed that Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was the one he liked the most to film, according to Insider.
His reason? It was the movie where he worked with Gary Oldman, who played Sirius Black, Harry’s godfather. Oldman had an influence on Radcliffe’s acting over the course of the series and beyond.
Radcliffe first worked with Oldman in the third film, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. But, he told Insider, it wasn’t until the fifth film that he was old enough to appreciate the chance to learn from what Radcliffe considered to be one of the best actors on the set.
Daniel Radcliffe’s thoughts on the other movies
Although the fifth episode was his favorite to film, the sixth – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince — is perhaps the one Radcliffe disliked the most. He didn’t like how his acting efforts for that movie turned out. He described his performance as one note and he said he wouldn’t like to see it again.
Another movie in the series, Harry Potter and the goblet of fire, was also quite memorable for Radcliffe. This time it was not for his acting ability, but for his stunt performance.
According to ScreenRant, he confessed to performing all his own stunts during the first task of the Triwizard Tournament, which involved taking the golden egg from the Hungarian Horntail Dragon’s nest.
Usually his stunt double, David Holmes, handled the tough action scenes, but producers gave Radcliffe the chance to make a 40-foot drop using a wire. And he said he was scared.
The Popularity of ‘Harry Potter’ Movies 20 Years Later
According to AND, An Harry Potter reunion is approaching. It’s been 20 years since Daniel Radcliffe first portrayed the young wizard at the tender age of 12. Now that he’s grown up, he and his co-stars plan to get together for a New Year’s Day special.
In the meantime, many fans will likely binge-watch all eight films and relive how Harry Potter blossomed from an exiled orphan to a wizard with friends who accepted him for who he is.
There’s nothing like growing up “the boy who lived”, facing his past and defeating the monster that killed his parents and nearly destroyed him. The movies, as well as the books, remain popular today because of the recognizability of the characters. That quality adds an extra-magical twist to the story.
And while Radcliffe is grateful to be a part of the iconic Harry Potter movie franchise, his relationship with Gary Oldman in the fifth film holds a special place.