Call me crazy, but I’ve got a funny feeling that if you’re reading this post, chances are high that you’re at least fleetingly familiar with the “Harry Potter” franchise. After seven novels and eight movies, the story of the Boy Who Lived is finally at an end, though his heart and soul lives on not just in the highly anticipated Pottermore experience, but also in the collective consciousness of “Potter” fans across the world.
Indeed, it’s that shared “Potter” experience that keeps series lead Daniel Radcliffe so interested in the character and the world he inhabits, even now that his work with Harry is finally over. MTV News has an exclusive sneak peek at a special feature from the “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″ Blu-ray and DVD, out on November 11, where Radcliffe engages author J.K. Rowling in a conversation about the state of “Potter” fandom and how the story has influenced a generation of viewers and readers.
“It’s interesting actually,” says Radcliffe, “if you start to think for a moment not about these characters being characters, but if you think of the lives these characters actually have in the books, and the fact that to a certain level, because they exist in the collective consciousness of a generation, they do exist.”
“I always think that that’s one of the wonderful things about ’Potter’ and the ’Potter’ fan base,” he continues. “If you think about the other big costume-wearing [franchises] that go with it, things like ’Star Wars’ and ’Star Trek,’ with ’Potter,’ because it started off as a literary thing, has created a generation of the same kind of mentality … with an appetite for reading and literature, which is kind of amazing.”
You can check out the entirety of Radcliffe’s “Potter” conversation with Rowling when the movie arrives on Blu-ray and DVD in November.
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