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Thursday and Friday's Connector: The cast of 'Harry Potter'

November 5th, 2010
07:18 PM ET

We want to Skype with you about what the 'Harry Potter' series means to you. Has it meant an escape from your world? Has it changed you in any way? Has it brought magic into your life? Tell us about your Potter journey by leaving a comment (below here) and we'll get in touch with you to come on our program.

It’s the movie legions of Harry Potter fans around the world have been waiting for. Well, part one of it anyway.

The first instalment of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" opens Friday, November 19, with part two following in July 2011.

The film will arrive amid more fanfare and higher expectations than any in the franchise so far. And the tone will be as dark as the book itself. No friendly Hogwarts school as a backdrop. No more games of quidditch. No angst-ridden budding teenage romances (you can watch the "Twilight" series for that).

This time it’s war. A struggle-to-the-death contest of good versus evil as Harry fights with the help of friends Hermione and Ron to rid the world of Lord Voldemort. Meanwhile, the man described as the most powerful dark wizard of all time has his own agenda: he wants to possess death.

I told you this was dark.

By the way, this would be a good time for a bit of disclosure. “Harry Potter” is put out by Warner Bros., which like CNN, is a unit of Time Warner.

Anyway, the bottom line is that there is no escaping this magical world.

Hundreds of millions of "Harry Potter" books have been sold in dozens of languages around the world.

The first six films have grossed $5.4 billion according to the Guinness Book of Records, making it the most successful film franchise ever.

Tourists from around the world enjoy the new Harry Potter attractions at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida.

There was even a transatlantic court case pitting author J.K. Rowling against a man who wanted to turn his very popular fan Web site into a book.

Through it all, we have watched the actors that played the characters at the heart of the novels grow up while learning of life, love and magic spells.

CNN's Becky Anderson spoke to members of the cast and we'll be bringing you all the interviews on Thursday and Friday in a two-day special edition of Connector of the Day

Tune in on Thursday November 11 and Friday November 12 at 2200 CET, 2100 London or 1600 New York time to watch us put your questions to the cast of "Harry Potter."


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  1. Khephran

    Age 16 Alaska

    Did your work on the films affect your perception of the books in any way?

    November 5, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Reply
  2. Aimee

    Hi, I grew up with Harry Potter, it's been like a secret world which I've shared with the others who've read the books. I have had lengthy conversations about all aspects of the books/movies with my siblings, friends, and even had animated discussion on some obscure topic of the story or characters with people I generally don't have much to do with. My best friend and I frequently joke that if all else fails "We can just talk about HP", thus our friendship could not possibly fail. HP has provided common ground like nothing else to my generation. I'm at university now, and I already have plans with friends to go watch the movie. My point is, it's been such an amazing experience growing up with the story, and I was wondering how all of you experienced it? Specifically in terms of how your experience differed from the regular reader/viewer's experience due to having starred in the movie franchise?

    I'm also interested to know if any of you had read the first few books, prior to auditioning?

    Aimee – Cape Town

    November 5, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Reply
  3. Michael

    The films have fans across all ages groups. Do you find children or adults bigger fans?

    November 5, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Reply
  4. Titina

    Age 43 Taboga, Panamá. Where are your parents? What they do for a living?

    November 5, 2010 at 10:59 pm | Reply
  5. Jess - Vermont

    How old were you when you made the first movie, and how old are you now?

    November 6, 2010 at 1:05 am | Reply
  6. Luis

    Hello! I am from Puerto Rico. My question is for Emma Watson. I've read that you are beginning a university career. What will be your field of study? Do you envision abandoning acting for your new career? How does it feel to be a fashion icon?

    November 6, 2010 at 3:19 am | Reply
  7. Charlotte

    Kiwi writing from Singapore

    Do you feel nervous before watching the films for the first time?

    November 6, 2010 at 3:35 am | Reply
  8. Sarah

    Are you aware that you all have achieved a legendary status on websites such as Tumblr, and what are your feelings on being so loved?

    November 6, 2010 at 4:36 am | Reply
  9. John

    Hi. I'm writing from Kuwait.

    You have grown up being part the biggest movie franchise ever. How did you feel when you had wrapped your final scenes on Deathly Hallows?

    Thanks for a great series of movies so far and good luck for the final instalment. 'Can't wait to see it 🙂

    November 6, 2010 at 4:58 am | Reply
  10. Mackenzie Shepherd

    Do you feel as engaged by the characters as you first did when you played them in the first film?

    November 6, 2010 at 5:24 am | Reply
  11. Jose

    Jose- 24 Lisbon-Portugal

    To all the cast:
    Remembering the past and all the movies that you saw during the tapping of all the 7 movies, what would be your favorite "target" for you to do a better job that what you have saw on the theatres?

    November 6, 2010 at 7:43 am | Reply
  12. Clare

    Where do you see yourselves in 19 years' time or what would you like your lives to be like then?
    Do you think there will be similarities between you and the Harry, Ron and Hermione portrayed in the epilogue scene of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows?

    November 6, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Reply
  13. Anne

    2 questions from Germany:

    What would you be seeing if you looked into the Mirror of Erised?
    and
    If you faced a boggart, what shape would it take?

    Thank you! You have been doing a fantastic job on the films!

    November 6, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Reply
  14. kitkat

    If you could have played another HP character, who would you have chosen?

    November 6, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Reply
  15. kitkat

    If you could have played another HP character, who would you have chosen? (Kitkat, Philippines)

    November 6, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Reply
  16. Ryan Mark De Battista

    Ryan Mark – Malta

    Is it difficult to switch off from your TV character to your normal ones and vice versa?

    November 6, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Reply
  17. SPiatelli

    How does your perception of the "magic" in the movies differ between the shooting of the movies, and seeing the final product?

    November 6, 2010 at 8:17 pm | Reply
  18. Liz Cummings

    I just got back from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. We made a special trip out there to see the Harry Potter world. I had so much fun! We couldn't believe the detail in everything there. Was it close to how the sets were on the films (obviously scaled down...)? If I asked, would you all meet me down there for a day in the park? I teach middle schoolers in Minnesota and even though they think I am a total dork for being a 25 year old women totally into HP, I will be a fan forever! Thanks 🙂 And let me know about the park 😉

    November 6, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Reply
  19. Katieva

    If JK Rowling were to write books featuring the adult lives of the characters of "Harry Potter," would you want to return to your original roles?

    November 6, 2010 at 11:46 pm | Reply
  20. Photoman

    Do you believe in magic?
    Barcelona, Spain.

    November 7, 2010 at 12:12 am | Reply
  21. Donald

    After visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, do you think that if Marvel is taken out of Universal, Harry Potter's world should expand? If so what other additions would you like to add? I would definately like to add the Weasley's Joke Shop.

    November 7, 2010 at 1:52 am | Reply
  22. Victoria Drozdova, Ireland

    for Tom Felton

    Are you happy? 🙂

    for Rupert Grint

    Do you watch the movies you are in with excitment, fear or maybe pride? 🙂

    Victoria, 22, writing from Ireland, Limerick

    November 7, 2010 at 3:19 am | Reply
  23. Camilla

    How do you feel the movies have affected your lives?

    November 7, 2010 at 4:11 am | Reply
  24. Robert

    So what do you do for fun, when you're not busy acting?

    November 7, 2010 at 10:27 am | Reply
  25. teem

    Are you planning/thinking/wanting to share your fortune in some way to benefit mankind?

    November 7, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Reply
  26. Johnno

    Emma, will you marry me? 🙂

    November 7, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Reply
  27. Rocio

    If you could play a Harry Potter character other than your own, who would it be and why?

    November 7, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Reply
  28. Rocio

    If you could play a Harry Potter character other than your own, who would it be and why?

    Writing from Madrid, Spain.

    November 7, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Reply
  29. Shrunken Head

    Question for Daniel, Emma & Rupert,
    If J.K.Rowling changes her mind and does another book/movie
    would you three come back to your roles ?
    Wont be right to put a new actor in your place.

    And please tell me what movie was your favorite.

    Mark G / Rochester New York

    November 7, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Reply
  30. MisterMajeek

    Why does Harry use the outdated science of Optometry to aid his vision when he could just use a magical spell to see well?

    Also, why doesn't Harry use readily available modern muggle-scientific technology, like powerful automatic firearms, to conquer his enemies instead of merely (and ineffectively) waving a supposedly magical stick in their general direction ?

    In conclusion; Is Harry a moron, or just delusional ?

    November 7, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Reply
  31. Trevor

    When are you going to stop making these god awful movies? Thanks.

    November 7, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Reply
  32. Leon

    How do you feel about the fact that you will never have another cinematic role that can outshine this? Due to you being baptized according to these characters.

    PS. Send me some of that "hard earned" money...

    November 7, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Reply
  33. jeni

    Jeni- Washington,DC
    In the future will you pursue more adult type roles? Do you feel you might be typecast for future parts in movies? Any interest in American Theater productions?

    November 7, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Reply
  34. Aljosa Musikic

    Aljosa Musikic, Serbia

    How do you feel when you look back to the past? After the second part of the movie, your HP roles are over...how are you dealing with it?

    November 7, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Reply
  35. Lila

    From Singapore:

    Are there times when you are bored of playing your character ...because the series has gone on for so many years?

    Given the chance, would you prefer to act in Twilight instead?

    November 8, 2010 at 6:45 am | Reply
  36. Tarek

    Hey from Beirut....

    What are your plans boys and girls after the movies finish?!

    November 8, 2010 at 9:04 am | Reply
  37. Oppe Samuel

    Age 13, Alaska

    To Emma and Daniel. Did your nudity scene in the final Harry Potter movies affect your relationship with eachother?

    November 8, 2010 at 9:37 am | Reply
  38. Sindhu

    Sindhu De Livera, 19, Sri Lanka

    If you could be any other Harry Potter character, who would you be and why?

    November 8, 2010 at 10:50 am | Reply
  39. Richard Nwatu

    Hi,Emma watson,when growing up did u ever think u where going 2 become a star?

    November 8, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Reply
  40. kennedy

    19yrs-Nigeria
    i just wanted to know,did the aftermake of the first six harrypotter trillogy have any traumatic effect on the life the cast.
    Mostly the antagonist..
    .

    November 8, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Reply
  41. Annabel, 8 yrs, the Netherlands

    Will you ever come to Amsterdam. Or even better, to Breukelen (which in English is Brooklyn).

    November 8, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Reply
  42. ANULIGO GRACE (From Lagos, Nigeria)

    Please I want to know if your role as Harry Potter hunted or affected you spiritually.

    From: ANULIGO GRACE(Lagos,Nigeria)

    November 8, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Reply
  43. Salman Rasheed

    Hp is a nice film i could remember that d film has been watch before until i saw it on cnn connector,it a good and interest film........

    November 8, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Reply
  44. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello The cast of 'Harry Potter' and CNN friends,

    I would like an answer from The cast of 'Harry Potter' on the following questions:

    – When will the Former Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Jan Pieter "Jan Peter" Balkenende, play Harry Potter’s Father in the Harry Potter film series?
    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AO-w5H9Lho&w=640&h=390]
    I am awaiting The cast of 'Harry Potter'’s replies.

    Greetings,
    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Country: Suriname

    November 8, 2010 at 9:55 pm | Reply
  45. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello The cast of 'Harry Potter' and CNN friends,

    I would like an answer from The cast of 'Harry Potter' on the following questions:

    – When will the Former Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Jan Pieter "Jan Peter" Balkenende, play Harry Potter’s Father in the Harry Potter film series?
    http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docid=-1578309609747078394&hl=nl&fs=true
    I am awaiting the replies from The cast of 'Harry Potter'.

    Greetings,
    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Country: Suriname

    November 8, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Reply
  46. dan winter

    to emma watson;
    can you apply what you learned about how the charge in your aura.. casts a spell-
    affecting young people who are inspired by you

    – to how you learn the psychology... of inner peace- at brown university? ..

    . do you still want to cast a spell- now that you move from harry potter- to inspiring young people in an adult world?

    November 8, 2010 at 10:07 pm | Reply
  47. Muyi

    How old are you Harry when you started the movie and how old are you,What is your greatest challenge in the Movie. Muyi from Nigeria

    November 8, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Reply
  48. Ayeni Muyideen

    How old are you Harry when you started the movie and how old are you,What is your greatest challenge in the Movie. Muyi from Nigeria.

    November 8, 2010 at 10:44 pm | Reply
  49. Megan Pack: Acworth, GA

    I have wanted to know for so long... How do you do Voldemort's nose?

    November 8, 2010 at 11:28 pm | Reply
  50. borjan

    bravo.bravisimo

    November 8, 2010 at 11:32 pm | Reply
  51. Danny

    For Emma Watson:

    "Certainly you have seen or have an idea on how some of your photos are presented quite contradictory from the character you're portraying, i thought this interview will provide you an opportunity to talk to us (your fans) how would you like to address us on this type of situation?"

    November 9, 2010 at 7:20 am | Reply
  52. charl kawki

    its always hard work and u have done that,through entertaining us with great series,could u please make some shootings in africa,espaecially uganda,thanks guys. charl kawki22,kampala-uaganda

    November 9, 2010 at 7:42 am | Reply
  53. Alicia

    Writing you from the Bahamas, I started reading Harry Potter the minute it was released, and have seen every film. Watching you all grow up in front of the camera has made the film truley seem as realistic as a fantasy film can get. My question for you is, now that Harry Potter is coming to a close, do you think you will miss making the Harry Potter films?

    I can not wait to see what films you all make from here on out.

    November 9, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Reply
  54. Katie

    Age 17, Louisiana
    Will you be doing other movies after Harry Potter is over?

    November 9, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Reply
  55. Shin

    Age 20,Japan
    Who is your favorite character in Harry Potter?

    November 10, 2010 at 12:37 am | Reply
  56. Abby

    Age 14; currently Paris, France, but from Cleveland, Ohio

    First of all, cast, I LOVE YOU. I HAVE LOVED ALL OF YOU FOR YEARS. Okay? Got that? Good, don't forget it. Now that we've got that over with, the actual questions:

    1. If you hadn't done the Harry Potter movies, what do you think you would be doing right now?
    2. Have you ever considered careers other than acting?
    3. What are your hobbies? (Also, do any of you like to write? Just out of curiosity...)
    4. I have a theory that acting involves a lot of psychology, as you have to be able to understand your character and the way they think, the way they behave, well enough to become them. Would you say that this is true?

    Thank you so much, and please, don't do anything stupid to make me stop loving you anymore. 🙂

    November 10, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Reply
  57. mindy white

    This is specifically for Rupert...

    Rupert,
    Are you aware the the singer of STATES (www.statesmusic.com) is more than ready to be your female-knight in shining armor? 😉

    November 10, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Reply
  58. Abby

    Age 14; currently Paris, France, but from Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.

    Does the above sound familiar? It should. This is my second post, because I forgot a very important question:

    1. Have you ever watched "A Very Potter Musical"? If yes, then what do you think? If you haven't, then go on Youtube RIGHT AFTER this interview and do it. Siriusly. That's an order!

    Okay, I'm done now. 🙂

    November 10, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Reply
  59. Marci

    Harry Potter has brought not only magic but special memories to my family from the time my daughter was 8 (now 17). She was starting a new school. We had just lost both Grandfathers within 4 months of each other , it was a very difficult time for us. Finding the Harry Potter World couldn't have come at a better time. We were introduced to kids her age that had the same values and were close loyal friends. We shared Christmases with them and grew stronger with them. They could over come negativity and bullying and it was a world we felt we could belong in. We have felt at home in the HP World and feel a special connection to the kids and their lives. It will be hard to let them go. It was a fun escape for our entire family.

    November 10, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Reply
  60. alex - Singapore but from San Jose

    POOF oh hello there wizadry potter cast I always wondered if you are tired of acting and want to put at rest and start a new career like Emma your a pretty girl pardon, lady you have a huge variety of choices Mr.Radcliffe and the others do but you do have a bigger chance what would you go for in you career?

    Thank you have a great interview 🙂

    November 10, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Reply
  61. Wayne Anderson

    Harry Potter is principally responsible for bringing my Wife and I together. At the time I was living in Panama City Beach, Florida, and my future wife was in College in colorado.

    We both found our escape into a world of fantasy where the secret pagan inside us all could suspend disbelief in the pages of a book about the secret magic underlying our society.

    With a shared interest, we both interacted through a chat application provided by a popular fan website at the time. Adopting online personas in the chat room, we gradulaly spent more time together under false names and ages, she pretending to be younger, I pretending to be older.

    Over a period of months, one day I called her on the phone and we hit it off. A couple of visits across the country later, she and I were engaged to be married - which we were 2 years to the date from the first time we spoke online in a harry potter chat room!

    As I write this, my wife and I celebrated 5 years together this past july and we share a great library - including of course individual his and hers sets of the hardback editions of the Harry Potter series!

    November 10, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Reply
  62. Cristina

    Hi!! I´m Cristina, I´m 20 years and I´m from Panama, I grew up with Harry Potter..I´m fan of the books since I was 9 years old !! I can´t believe it´s actually coming to end very soon..I few weeks ago a visit the wizarding world of Harry Potter in Orlando and it was AWESOME!!! It was like being in a magic world

    November 10, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Reply
  63. Dori

    The first HP book came out when I was 11 years old. My mother, a former librarian, read it and passed it on to me. Then she read it out loud to my 8 year old sister. My father, hearing her read it, asked what Quidditch meant, and then decided to read it for himself. This began my family's relationship with Harry Potter.

    For several years, I grew up with Harry, as the books came out one per year, and I was the same age as Harry. Later, the release dates were more spread out, so that by the time the last was released, my sister was Harry's age.

    While my whole family has bonded through Harry Potter (we're taking a family vacation to the theme park for Thanksgiving), the books have helped my relationship with my sister more than anything. Even now, I'm 25 and she's 20, and I called her last week with a Harry Potter joke. Five years apart, for most of our lives we had a hard time connecting. 10 and 15, 15 and 20, these are different ages. We couldn't connect on music or boys. But we could relate through Harry Potter. Even today, I don't think anyone understands my feeling about those books as well as she does.

    November 10, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Reply
  64. Sheila

    I do not like the Harry Potter movies,they are full of witch craft and do not believe in that.It would not bother me at all if they never made another one.

    November 10, 2010 at 11:30 pm | Reply
  65. Kevin Quail

    It means there's a hirsute guy somewhere in England who makes pots.

    November 11, 2010 at 1:36 am | Reply
  66. Jake Dart

    I have been a harry potter freak my whole life. I have read all the books and seen every movie so far and personally from my heart I would give anything to meet the cast for a minute of my life just to live my dream. people say things like "I know everything about harry potter" and maybe their right but I can honestly say that I dont know everything. But I do know a lot and considering what I know, I have an enormous amount of questions for each and every character including the people who play Voldemort, Snape, Neville, the Weasleys, and Hagrid. Also the main characters including Harry, Ron, and Hermione. I know I have a very rarely chance of getting in to meet the characters. But the most I could ask for is a chance to see the woman who inspired me to become a magician. J.K. Rowling!! Like I said I have a rarely slim chance of meeting them and I dont take it so hard so thank you for reading this and I cant wait for the movie!!!!!

    November 11, 2010 at 2:17 am | Reply
  67. jonj

    sorry i thought it was kind of boring, no memories

    November 11, 2010 at 5:14 am | Reply
  68. Anoushah Alie

    I'm happy JK Rowlings is retiring. I'm sick of Harry Potter, and pray that my son doesn't take ANY interest in it whatsoever!!

    November 11, 2010 at 6:05 am | Reply
  69. Imani

    So what does Harry Potter mean to me? Well aside from sharing a birthday and almost the same age (the literary character is 4 yrs older than I am) these books brought me back to reading a genre I hadn't explored since I was in middle school. I grew up on Goosebumps and Encyclopedia Brown novels and there wasn't anything really that would get me to read things geared to my age so instead I moved on to reading way heavier things such as Crime and Punishment in 6th grade. When my mother told me to read the series the 3rd book had just been released and I refused. I said "it's for kids." It wasn't until she pretty much begged me to read just one and I catered to her will as I was hooked. Not only did I read the first 4 books in less than two weeks while still in school, it brought me back to just enjoying reading something I could completely escape into. I hadn't read anything like that since Lord of the Rings and even that didn't have as much power in terms of investing into characters as HP did for me. It got to the point that by book 7 I wouldn't let the book out of my site until I had finished it. I at one point lost it in a bar here in NYC. (that's how bad it got, haha) I have to thank Ms. Rowling for ldetting me escape and just enjoy the ride.

    November 11, 2010 at 6:32 am | Reply
  70. Pat

    I was a 45 year old lady when the 1st Harry Potter book came out in 1997. I'm now 58. I had only re-read two book series in my life time more than once, UNTIL the Harry Potter series! Those other book series were "The Deed of Paksenarrion" novels by Elizabeth Moon, and R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings." However, each time a new Harry Potter book would come out, I would go back and re-read ALL the previous books so that I would remember where they left off and the new book picked up the story!! That means I've read the whole series at least seven times!! In case you are wondering, I have both an undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree, which was in library science, so I know books! About three months ago, I just felt like re-reading the series AGAIN, and I enjoyed it as much as I did the first time I read it! I'm not sure, but I think it touches the kid in me, with the imaginary world... After all, aren't books and movies for kids a whole lot more fun than the serious adult stuff? When you are a grown up, it seems to me that you get enough of that in your real life. Why clutter up your mind with MORE depressing adult problems?! Not only do I have ALL the Harry Potter books, but I own ALL the Harry Potter movies too! Thanks to J.K. Rowling for the books, and thanks to all the actors and actresses that made the Harry Potter books come alive on screen!! It's been a wonderful experience.

    November 11, 2010 at 6:48 am | Reply
  71. John

    Witchcraft, pure and simple. Satan has found a very successful way of introducing unsuspecting and unbelieving people to witchcraft.

    November 11, 2010 at 7:38 am | Reply
  72. Amrutha

    Age: 16
    Currently in: Bangalore, India but originally from Detroit, Michigan

    Harry Potter has been my backbone ever since I started reading it in 2nd grade. It helped me by providing an escape from the world I live in. My family has been transferred between countries, and when that happened, I became very vulnerable. At that time, I considered Harry, Ron, and Hermione my best friends since they helped me cope to the new environment the most. The end of the series (both book and movie) is like leaving high school and going to college. I can always read them again when I'm feeling low, and that, I feel is the best part of Harry Potter.

    November 11, 2010 at 8:17 am | Reply
  73. from Minnesota

    I am a 52 year old woman and I took my, now adult, children to see all the Harry Potter films. I think I enjoy the movies as much as my children did. For ME it meant an escape from this world. A journey with a happy ending.

    November 11, 2010 at 10:37 am | Reply
  74. fanta

    The biggest scam job in movie history for an overated bunch of nonesense hyped up to entice gullible, bored peopel ! I could write better stuff effortlessly !

    November 11, 2010 at 10:55 am | Reply
  75. Maria

    The Harry Potter series have been a big part in all of our lives. We all remember the hype and excitement just before the release of the Deathly Hallows, and because of that the series will always be special to us. But obviously future generations will keep on reading the series, so my questions are: 'How do you hope people will experience the Harry Potter book and movie series in, for example, twenty years? And how do you hope to be remembered by the 'original' fans, now that you are free to do whatever you want in your carreer.'

    November 11, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Reply
  76. caroline

    age 33,i love harry potter's movies and books they put me into another world.i cant wait to see this recent one HARRY POTTER 7 i feel so excited.

    November 11, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Reply
  77. Adam

    I remember sitting in the cafe of Barnes and Noble, sipping my latte and eating earwax flavored jelly beans. I was so involved finishing Half Blood Prince I almost didn't see the kids (and some adults) dressed in their wizard robes, capes, and pointed hats floating past me in the shop. As it got closer to the premier, magic shows began to pop up in-store, as well as house sorting, owl shows, and potion making. After lining up with my friends, I remember the tension and excitement as the clock hit midnight. The anticipation as we waited and the exhilaration getting the book was ten times better than any Halloween I had had as a child.

    Harry Potter has been so successful and so entertaining because its world is so encompassing. It sucks you in and regardless of age allows you to imagine. Whether on page or screen, one can completely lose his or her world and fall into one where wizards and witches exist, werewolves and goblins roam about, and trolls may lurk in dark dungeons. It's this same magic people hope to reclaim and bring back into the everyday hum drum of muggle living.

    November 11, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Reply
  78. Alex

    Harry Potter can only be described as a friendly, addictive, fully fleshed alternate reality, constanlty existing during our childhood and adolescence....I never beleived that Hogwarts was a place for me to escape(unlike Middle-Earth), since Jo Rowling had made sure that all the characters in Harry Potter were simple, everyday-life, human beings. They were very real friends and their stories interested me, not because they made forget my own story, but because they enriched it and complemented it. Hogwarts was just like my school, but with a wonderful magical twist...
    HP introduced me to a world of literature, fantasy and even to a new, more critical, way of viewing society. It also introduced me to people, with whom I will always share a friendship with.(both real and imaginative). HP helpled me learn English( I am Greek) and introduced me to the Internet and to filmmaking. Last but not least, HP has created for me a convinient platform of communication with the child inside me. The words "Harry Potter" are now filled with coming-of-age memories, mostly irrelevant to the story itself and for that I know I have to thank Harry, Ron and Hermione...

    November 11, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Reply
  79. Sudipto

    I wan't to know how does the entire cast feel now when the journey is coming to an end, happy or sad? I as a fan feel sad that my wait for both HP book and movie is coming to an end. 😦

    November 11, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Reply
  80. _Angie_

    ... Hi I'm Angie and I'm 13 years, I'm writing from Italy. I'm an Harry potter's fan since I was 4. 😀 My hero is Daniel Radcliffe and I 'd like to ask him: "

    November 11, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Reply
  81. _Angie_

    Hi! I'm Angie... I'm 13 years and I'm writing from Italy. I'm an Harry-Potter's fan since I was 4 😀 . My hero is Daniel Radcliffe and I'd like to ask him:" After all these years working at Harry Potter films... when you'll finish all hp's films...Will you miss "Harry" ? 😀

    November 11, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Reply
  82. Ish

    I remember back in 2nd or 3rd grade when the 5th book came out (the largest one of the series) I saw lots of kids older and younger carrying the book that is basically 20% of their weight and It seemed really funny at the time. I wasn't one of them because at the time I could barely read 5 pages before getting bored out of my mind lol.

    November 11, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Reply
  83. Javier

    Age 19, Quito, Ecuador
    Hi! What other projects are you interested in? Other film genres, other countries, theater, etc?

    November 11, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Reply
  84. Sana Kirmani 18

    My first four books of Harry Potter were a present from my grandmother on my 10th birthday(there were just 4 books out then).Perhaps my best birthday present ever.

    My question is for Daniel.If you weren't playing harry potter's role and if it were up to you what other character would you have liked to play?and if you had written the final book would you have ended it any differently?

    November 11, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Reply
  85. John Robles

    Firstly, thank you for all the entertainment and magic you have all brought to the world. The happiness you've given to the world's children and adults is a wonderful thing.
    I know there will be sadness as you all 'graduate' from Hogwarts; I am wondering where you see yourselves in ten years? What types of roles do you hope to play after HP?

    November 11, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Reply
  86. Kate

    Kate, 22, San Diego CA

    Harry Potter has been a significant and driving force in my life. I have met the most wonderful people through the fandom of HP, and my best friend and I are as close as we are because of the books. I chose my life goals based on the love of reading that Harry and Jo Rowling inspired in me– I want to edit children's books, and hopefully be able to bring kids books that will mean as much to them as the Potter series has meant to me. I also did my undergraduate thesis on Harry Potter; it discusses the difference between the British and American versions of the book, and the marketing of the American books to a younger audience.

    Harry Potter is, quite honestly, one of the best things that has ever happened to me.

    November 11, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Reply
  87. Alice

    Absolutely nothing

    November 11, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Reply
  88. Jen

    I feel that the Harry Potter series is a true representation of what creativity can be – the character development, setting, themes, and intricacy of the books are absolutely amazing. I believe that it sets one of the standards for creative thinking in modern society...

    To me the series is an escape from the realities of life; I can forget about everything and immerse myself in the plot. They are the books that sate hunger for reading when I can't find a good new release, no matter how many times I read it!

    November 11, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Reply
  89. Gary

    Harry Potter is an escape! I can forget about my work, and dream of flying a broom @ Hogwarts, laughing at students failed spells, and not think about work. IF I were at Hogwarts I would...

    A couple of examples...
    A
    I would be the defense against dark arts teacher. (More like Lupin but less warewolf, and not die in the last battle.) I would fight against evil and take on Voldemort as much as I could live to tell about it.
    B
    I would be a student at Hogwarts many years ago, learning the elements of magic, everyday would be exciting as I developed my powers. Learning new spells daily, testing and honing my skills. Dreaming about working with Ministry of Magic.

    November 11, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Reply
  90. Leon

    Harry Potter is a non-starter for me. I prefer reality, guess am just too old.

    November 11, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Reply
  91. harrotter

    seems like a radical story!!
    only saw one of the movies though everybody!!!!!!
    bonus waves!!

    November 11, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Reply
  92. Sarina

    Harry Potter, in one succinct word, is childhood. I read the books in elementary school, went to the midnight release parties in high school, and continue to fall in love with them in college. The world that J.K. Rowling created is one in which people everywhere, no matter their background or age, can find comfort in- one filled with characters we refuse to believe are fictional, and trials and tribulations we all meet- good vs. evil, morality vs. immorality, love vs. hate, and light vs. dark. Harry Potter is more than a book series- it's love, it's good, and it's an incredible accomplishment, one that future generations will continue to submerge themselves in.

    November 11, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Reply
  93. LizKauai

    The Harry Potter books gave me a window into the adolescent and teenage mind and helped me raise two very special sons who did not fit in the norm. They are gifted but not in the ways that our schools like to measure. They are 18 and 20 now and we all survived those years- with a little help from Harry.

    November 11, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Reply
  94. kevonne

    if another book was writen would you come back and do it

    November 11, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Reply
  95. Ramiro, Argentina

    Do you believe that your films are the best British productions ever?

    November 12, 2010 at 2:16 am | Reply
  96. key - Indonesia

    i grew up with Harry Potter both the books and the films
    and the cast of Harry Potter, i saw their growth too.. 😀
    it was hurting enough when i bought the last book of HP, Deathly Hallows.. 😥
    my question to the casts of HP, will you all be reunite someday?

    November 12, 2010 at 5:10 am | Reply
  97. Saman Hamid

    The thing about Harry Potter is that it is a mythic heroe's tale that had an inetersting mix of vulnerability, irrrationality and above all friendship. Rowling was able to induce natural flaws in everyone that made the characters real.

    YEs!!! I still cry while going through Dumbeldore and Sirius' deaths one of the primary reasons why I just cannot read those parts again. 🙂

    My question to Daniel; DO YOU STILL BELIEVE your luck????

    November 12, 2010 at 5:54 am | Reply
  98. Araliya Kannangara, Sri Lanka

    The Harry Potter series is a phenomenon in English literature which I believe will stand the test of time to be considered a beloved classic in years to come. i read my first HP when I was 25 and now at 33 and mother to a 2 year-old who already loves books and stories, I just can't wait till my son is old enough to be introduced the magical world of Harry Potter!

    JK Rowling is a supremely talented writer and I look forward to reading more works published by her.

    November 12, 2010 at 7:37 am | Reply
  99. bajadelmar

    I think the Harry Potter books/movies are fine for children and young teens. What I don't understand is how anyone with a brain over 20 can be interested in such nonsense. I don't see the appeal due to its predictability. Harry Potter is no different than the chronicles of Narnia to me which really has not captured interest in as many adults as Potter, even though it was published in the 50's and should have a broader appeal.

    November 12, 2010 at 9:19 am | Reply
  100. obi

    I have not read any of the series, but have seen reviews on the the tv and perhaps watched bits in movies. My conclusion is that the devil have found a veritable ground to initiate the uninformed into his world. Are surprise at the rate of suicides, killings and all manner of evil being perpetuated by our children and young adults. We must condemn the producers of this demonic films that has nothing to teach our children but evil, repent of this and ask God for forgiveness and mercies.

    November 12, 2010 at 10:33 am | Reply
  101. Hermoine

    I like the book series very much. And the interesting thing is my Chinese name sound quite similar to Hermione-though I made a little change in the spelling-which makes me feel like a part of Harry Potter thing ,and it is really cool, isn't it?
    Anyway ,I wish the three young actors or actress all have bright future whether they choose to leave in the entertainment circle or not.

    November 12, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Reply
  102. jason

    is there a particular moment from this film that you enjoyed shooting the most?

    November 12, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Reply
  103. sam

    Iam writing from syria and i love harry potter so much and i love the stars it has been the best movies i have ever seen and i adore emma ohhhhhhhhhhh i think she is perfect i will watch the movie 10000000 time

    November 13, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Reply
  104. sam

    yeah johonno in your dreams she is main haha

    November 13, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Reply
  105. Daniel

    The movie was extra ordinary, it really changed my world,i felt like possesing the magic to levitate. ("Don gadian leviosa")

    January 1, 2011 at 6:27 am | Reply
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