The Harry Potter franchise has grossed
more than $1.7 billion at the American box office, no small feat for a
series of films about pale British children struggling with dragons,
cloaks, and strange new feelings. American audiences responded
particularly well to young leads Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and
Rupert Grint, mobbing them on press tours and never once telling
Radcliffe he looks like k.d.
. They weren't actors--they were tiny foreign people who grew
up before our eyes.
As it turns out, they weren't nearly as
fascinated with America as it was with them. How else to explain their
inability to speak in serviceable American accents during a recent
interview MTV's Josh Horowitz? Watson is fluttery and charming and
British and perfect, like a character Minnie Driver would have played in
1997, except real. On the other hand, Radcliffe--an actor who has spent
the last decade of his life yelling out words like 'Avada Kedavra' and
'Tarantallegra' and pretending they mean something--seems unable process
the notion of an American ordering a product called 'mozzarella
Guess they don't teach that at wizard boarding school.