While participating in WIRED’s Autocomplete Interview, Daniel Radcliffe discussed his experience filming the “Harry Potter” franchise. When asked to speak about his favorite film, the British actor praised “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2,” which concluded the franchise. The finale brought in a whopping $1.3 billion and currently stands as the highest-grossing “Harry Potter” film. And while the final chapter in the decade-long saga is a favorite of Radcliffe’s, the lead star has another, underappreciated entry as another viable contender.
“I also really love the fifth, which is not a lot of people’s favorite, I kind of realized,” Radcliffe says. The star is referring to “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” which is the first in the franchise to be directed by David Yates. “Order of the Phoenix” holds a 78% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, making it the second-lowest in the mainline franchise.
Radcliffe continued by pointing out why exactly “Order of the Phoenix” is a favorite, and the reason will definitely leave feeling Potterheads warm. “I love it because of the relationship [between] Harry and Sirius [Black], and you get a lot of Gary Oldman in that movie,” Radcliffe revealed. Black, Potter’s godfather, dies in “Order of the Phoenix,” leaving the young student grief-stricken. Oldman briefly returned in “Deathly Hallows — Part 2” via a resurrection stone. It’s no surprise that two of Radcliffe’s favorite “Harry Potter” films feature pivotal moments involving his character and Black, especially because of Radcliffe and Oldman’s real-life friendship. “That was my favorite one, probably to film as well. We had a really, really, good time making that one. So 5 or 7 part 2.”