11 Things About the Cast of Harry Potter

Throughout J. K. Rowling's seven Harry Potter books, Lord Voldemort is always looking for something to make Harry weak at the knees. We've found what that is—not the memory of his dead parents or the scar on his forehead; Harry's actually got a soft spot for Muggle babes. OK, this is Daniel Radcliffe we're talking about, the actor who plays Harry on the big screen. At the red-carpet premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (the sixth movie in the series, opening July 15), Radcliffe was chatting with reporters about the film when he got a little distracted. "Wow, some really nice-looking women just walked behind me," he said. "They didn't even look back! Damn!" Surprised? Well, here are 11 other things we just learned about the Potter cast.

1. Emma Watson has a crush on a Gossip Boy. "Ed Westwick [of Gossip Girl] is pretty hot," she says. Would her character, Hermione, approve? "Oh, I don't know. He's probably too much of a bad boy for Hermione." (Story continued below...)

2. But maybe with a little magic behind her, she could make it happen. "My favorite [potion] is the Felix Felicis, the one that gives you luck for however long," she says. "I sort of wish I could take it before I did this kind of thing," she says, referring to her red-carpet jitters.

3. When Rupert Grint (who plays Ron Weasley) caught swine flu earlier this month, it helped scare his groupies away. "I have sort of been clearing out rooms by coughing," he says. But there's no need to stand back now. "I still have got a bit of a cough, but I'm not contagious," he says. "I'm fine. It was just like any other flu."

4. It was easy to play Ron, because Grint and the character aren't that different. "Obviously there's the hair," says the redhead. "And we've both got big families and are both scared of spiders."

5. Radcliffe's favorite novelist is a fellow Brit. "At the moment, I'm reading a book of short stories called Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro," he says. "I think the subtitle is Five Stories of Music and Nightfall. And they're lovely."

6. As for Radcliffe's other hobbies ... "I tend to watch cricket and relax, chill out with my friends, go to the cinema. You know, very boring, ordinary stuff that nobody really wants probably to know about. They probably want something more exciting." Can he make something up? "I wrestle tigers. You can print that, it's fine."

7. Ginny Weasley kisses Harry for the first time in book six, but the actress who plays her—Bonnie Wright—says there's no hope for an off-set romance. "[Kissing Radcliffe was] weird," Wright says. "When we started [making the movies], I was 9, and he was 11. It's like a brother-sister sibling thing."

8. Potter's new pinup boy, 22-year-old Freddie Stroma (who plays Cormac McLaggen), has the brains to match his brawn. He just graduated from college in England, majoring in neuroscience. "It was just for interest's sake, because it's a fascinating subject," he says. "It's biological, it's philosophical, it's psychological. To study the human mind is just so fascinating."

9. In real life, Alan Rickman may be a bigger grump than his character, Severus Snape. "No, I won't talk to you," he says, thundering down the carpet.

10. But Tom Felton, who plays Draco Malfoy, isn't really such a sourpuss. "It's great for me to have a chance to smile," says a beaming Felton. "I spend my whole film career scowling. Now I can actually be myself."

11. Felton has just one other regret about Draco. "Well, he could have had a bit more of a love interest, you know," he says. "Bring in Megan Fox as Draco's girlfriend!" But be careful, Draco. Harry Potter might fight you for her.

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