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In a new cover story for Out Magazine, Harry Potter lead star Dan Radcliffe divulges some funny little facts on which of his wizard movies he can get through and which ones he can’t bare.

“I certainly wouldn’t watch number three, I wouldn’t watch the first two, I wouldn’t watch four,” said Dan. “I might watch five. I definitely wouldn’t watch six.”

While he sadly didn’t say if he’d watch seven and eight, we presume both of those are safe choices given that they are most recent and allowed him the most time to perfect his depiction of Harry.

In the interview, which was conducted with a publication which focuses on gay interests, Radcliffe was also asked about reception to his newest film Kill Your Darlings in which the actor plays a gay character. “You never see a gay actor getting asked what it’s like to play straight — to my knowledge, at least, there is no difference in how heterosexual and homosexual people fall in love.”

Head over to Out to read the full interview.

It’s a shame Out didn’t let Radcliffe elaborate on why he wouldn’t watch the first four Harry Potter films. We know he’s said in the past he doesn’t like the first two because of how young he is, but could the same reason hold for Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire? Or even Half-Blood Prince?

  • http://llama-attack.tumblr.com/ es1831

    Didn’t it come out that he was dealing with his alcoholism during movie 6, maybe some bad memories in that one?

    • mooncat

      I’m pretty sure he also said he knew which scenes he was hungover for, and hated that.

      • Jay Ferrar

        Yes, both of you are right.

  • http://twitter.com/JoeRayes Joseph Rayes

    I think it’s safe to say PoA is because of the “HE WAS THEIR FRIEND!”

    • kath

      Haha probably… that was my favorite part of the movie though.

    • SH

      I always cringe at SS and “What was that thing you saved me from?”

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maria-Wang/542480760 Maria Wang

        I always cringe at SS. Because it’s ‘Sorcerer’ and not ‘Philosopher’.

        • PotionWillow207

          Well, technically both are wrong because Nicholas Flamel was a secretary who got a reputation for being an alchemist after his death. So he was neither a philosopher or a sorcerer. ;-)

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maria-Wang/542480760 Maria Wang

            Harry Potter and the Secretary’s Stone! I’d read it…..maybe

        • Jay Ferrar

          There are two versions of the first film. Just watch the version where they say “Philosopher’s.”

          • PotterFan1029

            I don’t think the Philosoper version is available in the U.S. I’ve certainly never seen it, even though I’ve always wanted to

          • Corinna

            I have a copy of Philosopher’s Stone on dvd and its region 1. The only difference is they say Philosopher instead of Sorcerer. I don’t see what the big deal is to everyone.

          • yelloweyedowl

            Has anyone else noticed that in the movie they usually refer to it as simply “the stone”. There are only 2 or 3 instances where the whole name is used. All they had to do was film a couple scenes twice and wolla! New/different title!

          • Plat

            They filmed the whole thing twice? (Or at least the scenes where they say that) Whoa I never knew that.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1536644078 Mikey Tonkin

            The Philosophers stone is what it was in the UK, when Jo published it. Australia and pretty much every country in the world apart from the US know it as Philosophers, not Sorcerers..

    • Lookat

      And “I love magic” in GoF. LOL

  • ravenclaw1991

    He could always watch them and then skip the parts he’s in.. Granted, he’d only have like 15 minutes or less worth of film to watch depending on which one.

    • Plat

      Lol the first two have like nothing but him.

  • http://twitter.com/Dillon_Mays Dillon Mays

    I loved PoA. One of the best I think.

    • SH

      I agree. Harry riding Buckbeak is one of the most beautiful moments of all the movies. And one of the very rare moments we see Harry blissed out happy.

      • http://twitter.com/Dillon_Mays Dillon Mays

        Yes. And then Hermione punching Malfoy. The time-turner sequence. Whomping Willow. So many good stuff.

      • upper_westsider

        I loved POA too and that scene with Harry riding Buckbeak is my favorite in the whole series. Harry was so happy. It was great!

      • Daughter of Eve

        PoA is my favourite by far. That scene with Buckbeak is not and that’s simply because I would be listening to the album on repeat and every time “Buckbeak’s Flight” would come on after “Double Trouble”, I would jump in fright. But it really is a beautiful scene.

        • Lindsey

          Yes I have the soundtrack too and it is beautiful.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maria-Wang/542480760 Maria Wang

      One of my fav books and films. But i cringe at that ‘he was their friend’ scene every time.

    • Jay Ferrar

      PoA has amazing cinematography, acting, sets, costumes, music, and direction.
      It’s storytelling, however, is a extensively flawed. So. Many. Plot holes.

      • http://twitter.com/Dillon_Mays Dillon Mays

        shh. we don’t speak of those. lol

      • Lindsey

        The story telling was awesome if you just want the main storyline. Forget sub-plots when you’re watching movies.

        • Ceci

          They didn’t even explain who Moony, Padfoot, Prongs and Wormtail were.

        • Millicent

          Sub-plots are matter in Harry Potter.

          • Lindsey

            Not in the movies. It’s too much.

    • Lindsey

      It’s still my favourite Potter movie :) The whole mood and tone of the movie is perfect. And I love that widescreen lenses and the camera never stops moving. Plus the end credits are the most entertaining credits ever.

  • PotionWillow207

    I don’t blame him for not watching HBP. I don’t ever watch that one either. I watched it once in theaters, and once on DVD. Now it’s gathering dust on the shelf.

    • ravenclaw1991

      I don’t hate HBP, but it is my least favourite. When I watch that one, I can’t watch the whole thing. I literally have to skip around a lot.

    • http://twitter.com/MusicandHouse J

      Half Blood Prince is one of my least favorites too. I still watch it all the time, because I love having marathons and watching all 8 back to back (or doing one a day for a week) but the only thing that really saves that one for me is the DUmbledore wand tribute, the part where Ron is under the love potion, and the Felix Felices scenes.
      I also have a love hate relationship with POA. I hate that it cut out almost everything about the marauders, and never explains how Lupin knows what the map is (if you didn’t read the book, you would never know). But I love Sirius and Lupin and Buckbeak and the visualization of the Time Turner scene.
      I think the fact that he was struggling with alcohol during the Sixth film also affects how he watchest it. And for the first one, he always said he hates how young and inexperienced he was in it. I think a lot of actors have trouble watching themselves, especially when they are seen aging on screen. I know if I were in a movie, I would never watch it.

      • http://www.facebook.com/marissabacon7 Marissa Bacon

        Despite my love-hate relationship with POA (for essentially the same reasons you listed, plus the ridiculous new depiction of Tom the innkeeper, a few of the attempts at comic relief, and Michael Gambon) it still remains my favorite. But man, the Marauders’ story line is probably my absolute favorite piece of back-story and I’m very unhappy they neglected it the way they did. Does the movie even mention that James was one of the Marauders? There’s a huge disconnect there.

        • http://twitter.com/MusicandHouse J

          No, it doesn’t. It barely glosses over the fact that Lupin knew James. You would never know they were best friends. The film makes Lupin seem like he was much more connected to Lily.
          I also agree about Michael Gambon, along with other changes. Don’t get me wrong, Michael Gambon was a great Dumbledore, but it takes at least a film or two to transition from Richard Harris to him. It also took me at least a film or two to get used to the fact that Hagrid’s hut mysteriously moved and that they were allowed to wear muggle clothes and wear their uniforms in such an unkempt way. The use of muggle clothes actually made sense in the long run (after all, as the plot moved more into the Wizarding World and out of Hogwarts, it wouldn’t make sense for them to be wearing uniforms the whole time) but it took a while to accept.
          I also just HATE how POA ends. That stupid freeze frame is so annoying, it doesn’t feel like a real ending like the other movies have.

          • Lindsey

            I thought that ending was awesome. After going through such a hard year with the gloom, depression (dememtors), not being able to live with his godfather etc it was a nice happy fun ending with Harry doing what he loves most. The worst ending is a toss up between Chamber of secrets (everyone crying and applauding Hagrid) and Goblet of fire’s “everything’s going to change now is it?” :/

          • http://twitter.com/MusicandHouse J

            I think it would have been better though if it had ended with a moving shot of him flying away happy rather than with the freeze.
            I love the COS ending. I know in the books not everybody loves Hagrid, but in the films, its really only Malfoy and the gang who have any resentment twords him, so I’m ok with it. (I also really love Hagrid lol)

          • Gothiclasttel

            That screen freeze is embarrassing.

          • http://twitter.com/MusicandHouse J

            I agree. I feel like Curon was just like I don’t know what to film for an ending, so we’ll just stop it here on this. It’s not even a good shot to freeze on, he’s making such a strange face.
            Speaking of embarassing, I hate the scene in Lupin’s office where Harry’s scar switches sides. How did that make it into the final cut of the film without being corrected?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maria-Wang/542480760 Maria Wang

      the humour in HBP was great. But I got tired of all the pensieve memories. I remember disliking the nonstop pensieve scenes in the book. Half the darn book was about Dumbledore showing Harry memory after memory, that got old real fast.

      • PotionWillow207

        But the pensieve scenes were necessary information for the story, and that was my biggest beef with that movie. That too much time was spent on humor and romance that did absolutely nothing to move the story along.

        • http://twitter.com/MusicandHouse J

          I agree that the Pensieve scenes were important, but on film, they would have been SO boring to watch. I think that, even though the story was not the same without them, the writers did a good job of explaining in the last two movies how Harry was able to find the Horcurxes. Having him “hear” them was clever, and provided a clue to those who hadn’t read the book that Harry himself was a hrocrux. Was the book’s version of things better? Of course, but the writers did they best they could.
          HBP is still my least favorite, but I do understand that HBP was a difficult book to adapt because flashbacks in film are very hard, especially when there are so many of them.

    • Lindsey

      My least favourite movie!

    • http://daydreamsandwhispers.tumblr.com/ Hermione Granger

      I always thought it was so odd that so many people disliked HBP. Before the last two came out (those are probably my favorites by far), HBP was always tied with CoS for my favorite. I thought that maybe, from a book-to-screen perspective, it wasn’t the best… in terms of characterization/story, but just as a movie I always thought it was really beautiful. I think Alan Rickman and Tom Felton’s performances just made me love it. It was worth it for that alone. Also I really didn’t care for OotP as a movie at all (probably because my favorite parts of the book were butchered so much) so when I watch them in order I’m just like “Yes! So much better!” haha. But I will say the love storyline was kind of overplayed.

      • http://twitter.com/MusicandHouse J

        When HPB first came out it was my favorite, because I didn’t really remember the book that well. I also really loved the humor. I agree its good as a film, bad as an adaptation, but I think they did the best they could. HPB was a really hard book to adapt. I also really hate the opening of HPB. which unnecessarily played up the love thing again. I don’t understand why they went with the scene in the train station rathe than the book scene (or some variation of it) where Dumbledore explains to Harry and the Dursleys that Harry inherited 12 Grimmald Place. That was so important in the last two films (mostly for explaining why Kreacher is taking orders from Harry).
        OOPT is actually one of my favorite in terms of how it was adapted because it cuts out so much of the subplot that I hated in the book. I think the only thing I miss that was in the book that wasn’t in the film is the begining where Petunia gets the howler and explains what the Dementors do.Also, I wish the mirror had been thrown in, because it became so important in the last films, but I can forgive that because the seventh book had not yet been released with the script for OOTP was being written.

  • Gary65

    I wouldn’t watch number 3 either.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maria-Wang/542480760 Maria Wang

      Sees to me that people either love or hate POA. I’m glad I’m on the love end. I could never bare to hate a Potter film.

      • Gary65

        My distate for it is only heightened by the fact that PoA is one of the best books in the series and yet somehow translated to the worst film of the bunch.

  • http://twitter.com/marypao Mary

    I loved PoA. I blame the director for the ‘He was their friend” scene.

    • Lindsey

      You should blam Dan. His “crying” was so bad.

      • http://twitter.com/marypao Mary

        Apparently he learned from the experience because he was fine in GoF & OotP.

        • Lindsey

          Oh yes, he was so much better in Goblet of Fire!

  • Vanj203

    Previously he has always said how much he enjoyed making PoA because of Gary Oldman mentoring him. I guess now that he is so much more accomplished in his acting he finds it hard to watch PoA when his acting was young and flawed (“He was their friend!” Indeed flawed.)

  • Glaciusx

    Don’t worry, Dan. I can’t watch Half Blood Prince either. I’ll never forgive them for cutting out how Tom made the Horcruxes or the battle at the end. nonono.

  • Samantha

    I’d hate watching them if I were him too. Geez, being a teenager is awkward enough without watching it recorded on film-but as if you were a nerdy looking wizard.

    • Marie

      I’m going with your theory. Looking at pictures of myself in high school is enough to make me cringe. Having them in motion? No thank you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1840730980 Michael Vartanian

    This cracks me up. I’ve watched these movies hundreds of times and he can’t even bare to watch them.

  • bethanny23

    PoA is probably one of my favourite films out of the series. I wish that director stayed for the rest. I really liked his take on HP, the tone and the mood was by far portrayed best by him. (in my opinion)

  • Guest

    He hates HBP because he had a drinking problem during it. He has said that in a couple of interviews. He hated his dead eyes. And honestly… who didn’t hate PoA? It was so strange compared to the other movies, the characters were OOC and the writing was bizarre.

  • anonymous

    he can’t ‘bear’

  • Katiedora

    I’m surprised he wouldn’t watch PoA, because I thought it was a great acting shift for all the kids. Not surprised about HBP because frankly that was just difficult in general.

    • PotionWillow207

      Great acting shift for all the kids?!? “HE WAS THEIR FRIEND!!!” LOL.

      • Katiedora

        Ok, that part was admittedly dumb, but I don’t think it was any worse than Dumbledore’s “DID YEH PUT YER NAME IN THE GOBLET OF FIYAH HARREH?!?!?” in the 4th. But in general, it was the 3rd movie that they got a little more room to breathe. They weren’t all decked out in their uniforms and it was a bit more developed than in the first two, which was rather straight-laced as far as adaptations go.

  • 7Starrchasers

    Haha *I* Certainly wouldn’t watch PoA either Dan…

  • PotterFan1029

    I’m pretty surprised that he says he wouldn’t watch POA (as well as OOTP), I thought he always said that Gary Oldman made Dan bring out his best acting, thus making them much easier to watch for him…

    • Sofi

      Yeah, but he says he might watch OOTP, and I bet that is for the scenes with Gary…he mentions quite recently that those scenes with Gary are his over all favorites. I think he is self conscious and who wouldn’t be? He was so young.

  • Lindsey

    So he wouldn’t watch 6 of them lol

  • Meh

    As actors sometimes they see their faults with a magnifier glass. I guess he feels he didn’t do a good job or at least he did not give the best of him

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001344528873 Wynona de la Calzada

    he couldn’t watch PoA because – HE WAS THEIR FRIEND!

  • Jen

    Well I still think he’s adorably charming in the first few and it never bothered me when I was a kid :) can understand why it’d bother him though, would be a bit like going through old childhood videos!

  • grapes9h5

    He’s always been hard on himself, but hey, its paying off now.

  • Lumus Asphodel Busy

    KKK he chose one that was not Steve Kloves.

  • http://twitter.com/potterfan92 Raina

    I think for him its like watching old home movies. Who wants to watch themselves when they were little? It has to be bizarre and embarrassing for him to do that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1536644078 Mikey Tonkin

    I loved the third one, Prisoner of Azkaban and Deathly Hallows Part 1 are my favourites!

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