Daniel Radcliffe’s Favorite ‘Harry Potter’ Movie Ranks Highest Because of This Co-Star

Daniel Radcliffe probably owes a few co-stars in the Harry Potter film franchise a measure of gratitude. After all, Maggie Smith, who played Professor McGonagall, helped him snag the title role. But another actor played a pivotal part in honing the young star’s acting abilities. That’s why Radcliffe favors the movie they did together over all the other Potter films.

Which ‘Harry Potter’ movie is Daniel Radcliffe’s favorite?

Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe attends the premiere of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2' at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, on July 11, 2011, in New York City
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You’d think the answer would be Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 because of the big fight scene with Voldemort, but you’d be wrong. Radcliffe revealed that Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was the one he enjoyed filming the most, according to Insider.  

His reason? It was the film where he worked with Gary Oldman, who played Sirius Black, Harry’s godfather. Oldman had an impact on Radcliffe’s acting going forward throughout the series and beyond. 

Radcliffe first worked with Oldman in the third movie, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. But, he told Insider, it wasn’t until the fifth film that he was old enough to appreciate the opportunity to learn from what Radcliffe viewed as one of the best actors on the set. 

Daniel Radcliffe’s thoughts on the other films

Though the fifth installment was his favorite to film, the sixth — Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince — is arguably the one Radcliffe disliked the most. He didn’t like how his acting efforts turned out for that movie. He described his performance as one-note and he said he’s not keen on viewing it again. 

Another film in the series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, was also pretty memorable for Radcliffe. This time it wasn’t for his acting ability, but for his stunt performance. 

According to ScreenRant, he confessed that he performed all of his own stunts during the first task of the Triwizard Tournament, which involved grabbing the golden egg from the nest of the Hungarian Horntail dragon. 

Usually, his stunt double, David Holmes, handled the difficult action scenes, but producers gave Radcliffe the chance to take a 40-foot fall using a wire. And he said he was terrified. 

The popularity of ‘Harry Potter’ movies 20 years later

According to ET, a Harry Potter reunion is afoot. It’s been 20 years since Daniel Radcliffe first portrayed the young wizard at the tender age of 12. Now, all grown up, he and his co-stars plan to get together for a New Year’s Day special. 

In the meantime, many fans will likely binge-watch all eight movies, reliving how Harry Potter blossomed from an ostracized orphan into a wizard with friends who accepted him for who he is. 

There’s nothing like seeing “the boy who lived” grow up, face his past, and defeat the monster that killed his parents and nearly destroyed him. The movies, as well as the books, remain popular today because of the characters’ relatability. That quality adds an extra-magical spin to the story. 

And though Radcliffe is grateful to be a part of the iconic Harry Potter film franchise, his relationship with Gary Oldman in the fifth movie holds a special place. 

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