Ciaran Hinds, who plays Aberforth Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 recently took part in an interview where he discussed his  experience on the set.  He also briefly mentioned working with Daniel Radcliffe on the set of The Woman in Black.

Ciarán – back on our screens tonight in ITV’s Above Suspicion – said: “I’ll tell you, being on set on Harry Potter was nerve-wracking. “It was surreal to be in a room with those three kids, all of whom know exactly what they’re doing. And then there’s you, who has been around for a long time, and they’re the ones putting you at ease and making sure you know what you’re doing on set. It was bizarre. But it was also really interesting to see things from that perspective. With every job, you’re typically looking for the director to make sure you’re doing the right thing but with Emma, Rupert and Daniel, that has become part of their psyche. They’ve been doing that job so long, they have such ease and an instant connection with it, and a real truthfulness.”Ciarán admits his part in Potter is a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it role. The filming schedule was chaotic, with different actors tied to different filming timelines. He said: “My scene was a four-page exposition scene about Albus Dumbledore’s childhood and how he’s not all he said he was. It’s that hole in the film that needs to be filled. Emma was starting university in America and that was made clear for the deadline of the films. They had to shoot round people’s availability. They were all committed to other things. It had to be a nightmare trying to get the schedules drawn up.”

Ciarán has also recently teamed up with Daniel in the film version of the long-running West End theatre horror The Woman In Black. He can vouch for the young man’s growth as an actor. He said: “He’s very good, but he will get better and better. He’s very committed to it, and although he’s not a bustling figure, he’s a very thoughtful and thorough professional. “He has had to do all sorts of murky stuff filming The Woman In Black and I know he has been taking singing and dancing lessons before heading off to take part in a play on Broadway. It’s not about glamour, it’s about doing things well.”

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