When Hogwarts adjourns for Christmas vacation, Harry’s underground class reluctantly breaks for the holiday. But as the students part company, one stays behind: the lovely Cho Chang, played by Katie Leung. Cho had first caught Harry’s eye in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” and though they shared a tentative attraction, their relationship has been made more complicated by their mutual connection to Cedric Diggory, the young man who was Lord Voldemort’s first victim upon his return. Knowing what was in their hearts, however, the Room of Requirement provided a sprig of mistletoe, leading to an eagerly anticipated moment for Harry Potter fans everywhere—Harry’s first kiss.
“I was slightly nervous because I knew Katie was nervous,” Radcliffe admits. “It’s not just about the kiss; it’s about the complex relationship that Cho and Harry have. But we did it a few times and after that it was not a big deal really. It was cool. We had fun.”
“I was so nervous because it was my first onscreen kiss, but David Yates was great. He told us exactly what he wanted, and that made it less intimidating,” says Leung. “It was a bit awkward in the beginning, but Daniel made it easy for me, and it went great. I really enjoyed it…and Daniel is a very good kisser,” she smiles.
Yates notes, “We wanted Dan and Katie to feel as comfortable as possible, so we cleared the set and tried to keep the atmosphere as intimate as possible.”
The director’s preparations might have helped the two actors, but they did little to assuage the nerves of many of the crew, who had virtually watched Daniel Radcliffe grow up over the course of the Harry Potter films. Heyman states, “Many of us have known Daniel since he was 10 years old, have seen him grow up before our eyes, care for him so, and are protective of him. And here we were watching him have his first screen kiss. It was so strange. I kept thinking, ‘I shouldn’t be watching this,’” he laughs. “But it was perfect, and I think it will be a tender and beautiful moment for audiences.”
Heyman continues, “One of the great pleasures of working on the Harry Potter films has been watching the kids grow up and seeing their talent blossom. They are all great young people—curious, kind, sensitive, bright—and I think the performances you will see in this film show how much they have developed as people and as actors.”
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When classes reconvene, Umbridge is more determined than ever to track down the rebellious students and put an end to their subversive activities.