In the wizarding world of “Harry Potter,” you can accomplish almost anything with the flick of a wand, a correctly spoken incantation and the rightly brewed potion: grant good luck, make people fall in love, clean up a messy room. Of course, you’ve got to be a talented witch or wizard to pull off one of these spells. No Muggle has a chance with such feats.
That hasn’t stopped the cast of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” from wishing they could, like their characters, sometimes make the impossible possible.
As Emma Watson made her way down the red carpet at the New York premiere of the film on Thursday, she confessed that she wouldn’t mind taking a nip of Felix Felicis —, a good-luck potion that figures prominently in the film’s plot. “I kind of wish I could take it before I did this sort of thing,” she told MTV News.
Bonnie Wright, who plays Ginny Weasley, declared that she’d trade a little luck for a lot of love. “I think there are so many love potions actually in this film, so they are quite exciting,” she said. “They are almost quite drug-like in the sense that kids get into them —: obsessed.”
When told that some of his castmates were opting for the love potion, Daniel Radcliffe joked that he doesn’t need help in that department. “Really?” he said with a laugh. “Well, I don’t have any trouble!”
For the record, Radcliffe favors Felix Felicis, as do Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Freddie Stroma (Cormac McLaggen) and Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy). “If I ever did any sort of endeavor —: if I was going for an audition —: a little bit of liquid luck and I’m sorted,” Felton said.
Like Wright, director David Yates counts the love potion as his most beloved. In fact, he said that a funny love potion scene in “Half-Blood Prince” is his favorite of the entire film. “Rupert Grint playing Ron Weasley turns up, finds a box of chocolates, thinks, ’I’ll eat those,’ and they’re stuffed full of love potion,” Yates explained. “And he becomes the most tactical human being in the world. He falls in love with everything and everybody, if it’s moving or not moving. And there’s a lovely moment where he sort of hugs Jim Broadbent [Horace Slughorn] in a really romantic way, which was really charming.”