Picking a favourite film that you’ve starred in can’t be easy. At least I imagine it isn’t, haven’t got anything to go on for that assumption.
Joining the wizarding world as a fresh-faced child for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone back in 2001, Radcliffe became synonymous with playing the spectacle-wearing lead. We grew up with Radcliffe as J.K. Rowling’s seven books were adapted in Warner Bros.’ eight movies.
Speaking to WIRED for the outlet’s long-running ‘internet’s most-searched questions’ segment, Radcliffe went with the out-there choice of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Although the 29-year-old started by leaning toward Deathly Hallows: Part 2, he eventually settled on David Yates’ franchise debut.
“I love the last one, but I also really love the fifth, which is not a lot of people’s favourite, I kind of realise,” said Radcliffe. “I love it because of the relationship between Harry and Sirius [Black], and you get a lot of Gary Oldman in that movie.”
Radcliffe is right in that respect, Oldman was typically brilliant as Harry’s wayward godfather and brought a tear to our eyes when Sirius bowed out. That being said, Order of the Phoenix marked a darker vein of Potter movies and memorably has Sirius dying by basically falling through a curtain.
From Chris Columbus’ first two to Alfonso Cuarón’s Prisoner of Azkaban, Mike Newell’s Goblet of Fire to David Yates finishing the final four, each of the movies had their own distinct tone and style. Asking what’s your favourite Harry Potter movie is like asking who’s the best Hogwarts house — it’s nearly impossible to decide. Well, unless you’re Radcliffe.
Over the years, there’s been a lot of love for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, so I’m surprised it didn’t take the crown with Radcliffe. Ironically, Order of the Phoenix is officially ranked as the worst Potter entry on Rotten Tomatoes. Although the fifth movie scored a pretty respectable 77%, it’s still a way off Deathly Hallows: Part 2‘s 96%
It’s been a busy few months for Potter revelations after a gross fact about Hogwarts’ plumbing and J.K. Rowling became her own meme. Now that we know Harry’s favourite movie, it could be time to give them a rewatch. Chances are they’ll be on ITV2 this weekend.