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Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint talk about the Half-Blood Prince game.
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Although they've long since finished reading the last book, Harry Potter fans have had to wait an extra long time for the new film and video games. When Warner Bros. Pictures pushed back the already-completed film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, from last fall to a July 15 release, Electronic Arts had to hold off on the new games that further explore the movie and book storyline. Well, the wait is finally over on both fronts.

EA has conjured up Harry Potter games for every platform, offering high definition visuals on the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 games and motion-controlled mano-a-mano spell casting multiplayer magic in the Wii game. The Nintendo DS game makes full use of the touch screen and dual screens. But don't take our word for these new games, listen to what the cast that brings these Harry Potter characters to life in the new movie had to say about EA's latest virtual creations.

Daniel Radcliffe, who brings Harry Potter to life, and Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley, got a chance to check out Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and offer their two cents on the interactive adventure.

Look out for the second part of this exclusive interview series on What They Play, with Emma Watson and Tom Felton who play Hermione Granger and Draco Malfoy.

What do you think the fans will like about the video game of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince?

Daniel Radcliffe: I think, in terms of what will excite the fans is the effort we've always made when we're making the films is to make them as close to the books as we can; and you can see in the game that huge amounts of effort goes into making it like the films: as in, as much of the sets and the characters and the way we look and the way we act. It's a lot of effort - it's very obvious – that goes into that.

What do you think of your in-game likeness?

Daniel Radcliffe: Using various technologies, that I will never understand, they have somehow managed to take my face and a performance and transpose it onto the screen, which is incredible. And again, you're less distracted by the slightly more rigid movement of the older characters, and it just makes the whole thing sort of flowing, I think.

Rupert Grint: They're starting to look a lot - scarily - a lot like us now! And I saw some of the pictures of us and some of the rough animations and it is really scary! Even the way it moves is really strange. They've come on so much, it's really, really good to see.

Do you ever go looking for your movie character when you play the game? Do you ever have that "wow, that's me in the game" moment?

Daniel Radcliffe: I think, in terms of when I play the games, I don't necessarily look at the characters and say, "oh my god, that's me." I do feel a huge amount of responsibility to succeed within the game. Because I do feel I will be letting myself down, as well as the fictional character, if I do badly.

What do you particularly like about playing the video game?

Daniel Radcliffe: The thing I like about the games is it gives me a chance to feel like I'm really performing the spells. Because when you do them on film with your wand, just nothing comes out; it's just a stick! Whereas, you do feel slightly more involved when you have a reaction from the screen in the game.

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