Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Potter's Wheel of Fortune to Stop Spinning Soon for Trio!

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Potter's Wheel of Fortune to Stop Spinning Soon for Trio!

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Byline: Shereen Low

DANIEL Radcliffe drips his way into the white marquee, his T-shirt, jeans and hair soaking wet.

"How long have I kept you waiting?" he asks apologetically.

Following behind the 21-year-old are co-stars Emma Watson, who plays Hermione Granger, and Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley).

They're at Leavesden Studios just outside Watford, where the seventh and final chapter of the Harry Potter franchise Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows is being filmed.

The gang have just finished filming a pulse-pounding foot chase as they tried to outrun a gang of Voldemort's Snatchers, and this has unleashed some healthy rivalry.

"I'm achy and stiff," admits Watson, 20, collapsing into her chair. "I've pulled a lot of muscles, but it's good fun. I definitely gave the boys a run for their money!" Grint, 22, adds: "It got quite intense, especially since we were having to dodge between trees and jump over logs."

Radcliffe interrupts: "All those years of training with the stunt team finally paid off. There was no question in my mind that I could beat them - not that I'm competitive or anything!" The David Yates-directed film, based on JK Rowling's bestseller, is split into two parts. HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 1 is released a week today while the finale, which will also be shown in 3D, won't be out until July 2011.

"It's frustrating for fans," admits Radcliffe. "But not everyone is willing to sit through a six-hour film. This was the only way we could tell JK Rowling's story in a complete and fulfilling way."

The story picks up where Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince left off, with arch-enemy Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) still trying to kill the boy wizard, who has now left the comfort zone of Hogwarts School with his two friends.

"Right until the end, we're not in Hogwarts at all. It makes a huge difference and gives the film a really different feel," Radcliffe continues.

Instead, filming has taken place around England, Scotland and Wales, as well as at Leavesden and Pinewood studios.

"It's nice to be out of the studio. It's such an emotionally heavy film, it's good to do something more physical," says Watson, who has taken a break from her studies at Brown University in the US to focus on filming.

Being away from the safety of school makes them more vulnerable to Voldemort and his dark ways, as their final scene demonstrates.

Friction is also building up between the two teenage boys, as Ron gets paranoid about Hermione and Harry becoming closer.

"It's a different Ron to the one we're more familiar with. He erupts and shows his dark side," says Grint.

Radcliffe adds: "Both Harry and Rupert are in the wrong and they know it, but in a very male way. When you've waded too deep to get out, it escalates and the situation severs their friendship briefly. …

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