Daniel Radcliffe has shared details of the “craziest trick” he did alone while filming Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The fourth film of the Harry Potter The saga saw Harry (Radcliffe) being tricked into competing in the highly dangerous Triwizard Tournament, despite the fact that according to the rules its three champions, Cedric Diggory (Robert Pattinson), Fleur Delacour (Clémence Guichard) and Victor Krum ( Stanislav Ianevski), had already been elected. But Dumbeldore is unable to remove Harry from the tournament even though he is underage, as once the Goblet of Fire spits out a champion’s name, they are contractually bound to participate.
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Harry Potter participates like this in the three tasks of the tournament: Retrieve a golden egg guarded by a dragon, dive underwater to rescue someone of value, and first reach the Triwizard Cup, which is located in a complex maze. Both Harry and Cedric get to the Cup first and decide to take it together, but it turns out to be a trap that leaves them at the mercy of Voldemort and his vicious Death Eaters. But while Harry’s duel with The one who should not be named it included many impressive special effects, not everything was a fantasy in the movie.
When Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire It came out in 2005, Daniel Radcliffe was 15 years old, which would translate directly into not performing any of the dangerous stunts in the film. But recently, in a chat with Entertainment tonight, Radcliffe was asked about his favorite scene to shoot in all eight movies. In response, he revealed that he actually performed the first Triwizard Tournament task in the film, which involved falling from a height of 40 feet onto a ceiling, and how it completely terrified him.
They let me do the craziest stunt I could ever do. It was like a 40 foot drop onto a roof. He was on a cable, but he was properly in free fall. He was only there to catch me in the end. And he was absolutely terrified. By then I was working a lot with the specialist department and they would tell me, ‘You can do this. You want to try?’ And I said yes. But then I got there and I was absolutely terrified. That was one of the things and we did it like two or three times, but it was for the fourth movie. Since then I realized that they were very special circumstances on that set and I will never be allowed to do something like that again.
The scene in question involves Harry flying on his broomstick and dodging the particularly ferocious dragon, the Hungarian Horntail, who breaks his chain to follow him as they soar through the towers of Hogwarts College of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry ends up falling off his broom to the slanted tile ceiling and then onto a ledge where he hangs for dear life as he drops his broom only to fall back down before he manages to fly off and get the egg. Looking at the scene now, it’s pretty scary to even visualize Radcliffe doing the trick himself at such a young age.
Although stunts are best suited to be performed by professional stunts who have years of experience in such scenes, there have been many cases where even they were seriously injured. Radcliffe’s stunt double everyone Harry Potter Films, David Holmes, was paralyzed from the waist down after he was injured while filming a Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Fortunately, Radcliffe has not performed such a trick after Goblet of fire neither in other Harry Potter movies or movies he made after his passing as The Boy Who Lived.
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