How does a boy wizard get pumped up for a serious Quidditch match? What about a confrontation with the Dark Arts of Lord Voldemort? Next time you see Harry Potter, ask him for us, OK? Until then, we’ll settle for how Daniel Radcliffe — the 20-year-old behind the wizard — prepares for scenes in “Harry Potter.”
“Lots and lots of Radiohead,” the actor told MTV News while filming “Deathly Hallows,” the two-part finale of the series. “Loads of stuff. I often come back to stuff like Radiohead and Hope of the States for those harder scenes.”
Based on recent, early morning experience, co-star Tom Felton confirmed Radcliffe’s pre-shoot music obsession. “Daniel loves it in the makeup room,” Felton said. “He thumps it out — we’re talking 6 in the morning — some ’60s ska/punk band. It’s like, ‘All right, man!’ He loves it.”
Does Felton listen to anything to get psyched up for his scenes as nefarious Draco Malfoy? Yup, but not exactly the genre you’d think. “I’m more of an earphones guy,” he said. “I like my chilled acoustic music. Big fan of Jack Johnson.”
Rupert Grint revealed that he’s been listening to a lot of instrumental music from bands like the Black Lips and, while reading the “Deathly Hallows” script, Mogwai. But on set, it seems, the king of blasting tunes remains Radcliffe. Another favorite of his is the Godspeed You! Black Emperor album F♯A♯∞.
“[It] does get you into a deep, deep place of fear and sadness and anger, which is helpful sometimes,” he laughed.
Check out everything we’ve got on “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1.”
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