Top 10 Quotes From the Cast of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Top 10 Quotes From the Cast of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

This week sees the highly-anticipated arrival of the final Harry Potter movie, The Deathly Hallows: Part 2, in cinemas throughout the UK.

Can you believe it's 10 years since the boy wizard's first adventure, Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone, hit the big screen?

To mark the occasion, the cast gathered for their last press conference at London's St Pancras Renaissance Hotel - just a hop, skip, and a jump from King's Cross Station where Harry and his pals famously started their journey to Hogwarts.

I was lucky enough to meet the cast and hear what they had to say about their final outing.

So, here's your top 10 Potter quotes straight from the horse's mouth:

1. Action-Packed - Daniel Radcliffe will miss the adrenaline rush of playing Harry:

"I don't naturally have the frame and stature of an action hero so it's a gift for a young actor to be able to do all that [action] stuff. I got to do a 40-foot freefall down a roof when I was 15. And bursting out of the water surrounded by a ring of fire - I will never get to do that again in my career!"

2. Fans and Awards - Harry Potter movies may have missed out on Oscars and BAFTAs, but for David Yates, director of the last four films, the fans are most important:

"There are so many things to enjoy being part of this whole series of films, most of all the affection of the fans and the fact that there's a global community who follow these stories with great passion.

If you go down to Trafalgar Square [venue of The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 premiere] right now, you'll see a mini-Glastonbury of people from all over the world who've been camping out in the rain for the last three nights. And that's more of a compensation than lots of trophies."

3. Kiss - What did Emma Watson think of her on-screen clinches with co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint?

"I've got to be diplomatic! Obviously kissing Dan, or Harry, is a figment of Ron's imagination - the worst thing he could imagine. I was half-naked and covered in silver paint, so that was pretty awkward.

Kissing Rupert was also awkward - we'd just been soaked by an enormous bucket of water! Both were complete gentlemen. But once you've done it four or five times, kissing gets quite boring, so it definitely got easier."

4. Role Model - For Emma Watson, her character Hermione has been an inspiration:

"Hermione is such an incredible young woman. Growing up alongside her definitely pushed me and made me a better person. And she made me work harder, just as a result of comparing myself with her each day. I feel so privileged to have got to be her."

5. Tour Guide - Asked about her plans after leaving her character Luna Lovegood behind, Evanna Lynch said,

"I'm distraught that this is over. I've been just obsessed with this book since I was eight, so I don't really know what I was before that or what's going to come next. I've heard they're opening a Harry Potter experience where Leavesden [Film Studios] was, so I'm free as a tour guide!"

6. Missing Ron - Rupert Grint spoke about playing Ron Weasley for the final time:

"I don't think I've come to terms with it yet. After we finished a year ago, I've felt a bit lost without it, not really knowing what to do with myself. It's been such a constant part of my life. I'm genuinely going to miss it and miss everyone."

7. Life Mirrors Film - Coming to terms with the end of the Potter films helped Emma Watson in her on-screen role:

"Particularly with this last film, I was so emotional. The film deals with loss and I was going through my own grieving and saying goodbye to people. So having to say goodbye to Dan and Harry, all of this was weirdly mirror imaging everything that was happening. I was able to bring a lot of that to the role, and that made my life quite easy in a way."

8. Superhuman Hair - As far as Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) is concerned, gentlemen don't prefer blonds:

"Dying my hair blond was slightly arduous. It seemed to build up some superhuman resistance - it still seems to be ok. But that got slightly painful after six or seven years."

9. Voldemort's Garters - Asked about his favourite prop from the films, Ralph Fiennes replied,

"I can really talk of a moment of liberation to do with my costume because it was an irritating costume to wear. It was too long and sometimes I'd trip over it. Underneath I started off wearing tights, but the gusset kept dropping down between my thighs, and this made it very difficult to walk with any kind of dignity.

I spoke to my dresser and said 'you're going to have to cut these tights, and I'm going to have to have garters at the top.' Then sometimes when the stunt team were getting too macho, I would tease them with my inner thigh!"

10. Beware the Birds - Julie Walters loved the costume she wore to play Ron's mum, Molly Weasley:

"The padding gave me the most fabulous shape, and it kept me really warm in winter and was rather absorbent in summer! It was a little worrying at King's Cross with the pigeons though because the bosoms were made out of bird seed!"

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 opens UK wide on 15 July.


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