Radcliffe: Half Blood Prince Has 'Trainspotting Moments'by Contributor | 04 July 2008
Daniel Radcliffe has claimed Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, the next film in the franchise, has 'Trainspotting moments'.
The director of the sixth film, David Yates, had claimed that the new JK Rowling adaptation was the "sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll" instalment in the series of movies about the teenage wizard.
Speaking to Empire magazine in a special preview of the fantasy film, Radcliffe laughed off the suggestion that the film would be an X-rated version of the sixth novel in Rowling's hugely successful saga.
"Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll? Thanks, David, that's a comment I'll have to fend off for months," Radcliffe joked.
"There's obviously no sex in the book, it's all subtext, but there is a fair amount of sexual energy and there are some drug parallels," he went on.
"We have a couple of what David calls our 'Trainspotting moments'.
"That's two films I never thought would be mentioned in the same breath!"
And Radcliffe stressed that Yates' film - set for a November release - has a "great balance" between the gradually-darkening tone of the novels and the increasing opportunity for comedy as Harry and friends grow older.
"The light parts are lighter than before, and the dark parts are extremely dark," he explained.
The film sees Harry beginning his sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and discovering a mysterious book - labelled 'This book is the property of the Half-Blood Prince' - which reveals more secrets about the history of the Dark Lord Voldemort.
The new issue of Empire is released on Friday July 4th.