I promise myself that I would go and do a play every year.
There were no spells at my school, just a smack in the mouth.
Television has dried up for my generation, so it's plays and films.
I learn the lines that JK Rowling or whoever writes them, and say them.
You get used to being lazy doing films, but classical theatre's going to finish me off.
I just play him as myself, I don't ease myself into any role really. I stick a beard on and play me.
I am a theatre actor, but the last ten years I've taken parts in movies because it keeps me in money.
Every part I play is just a variant of my own personality. No real character actor, of course, just me.
There's no subtext in Harry Potter really; it's all magic, anything can happen. Why do I say this? Because it's a magic spell. It's quite nice in a way. There is a real freedom to it.
Richard was in heavy, heavy costume, he could hardly sit, you know, and I turned up and they put me in two layers of silk, so I played him much lighter - you know, floating around in a pair of slippers, a bit of a hippy.