Behind-the-Scenes Pics From Our Daniel Radcliffe Photoshoot

Hopefully, you've already read our interview with Daniel Radcliffe, in which he reveals which historical figure he'd like to play, what he really thinks of celery, and the British slang he believes Americans should adopt, among many other things. We had tons of photos we loved and couldn't fit in the print edition, so here are a few outtakes from our August 5 photoshoot, a couple of behind the scenes shots, and some more quotes from Radcliffe.


Lucy Quintanilla

If you've ever wondered what a photoshoot looks like, check out this panorama snapped by our associate art director, Lucy Quintanilla.

When it comes to picking his projects, Radcliffe told us that he doesn't have a checklist or a list of requirements. "Basically, I just want to do original things that feel new and challenging, and obviously I’m looking for something that shows a different side of what I can do," he said. "It’s really what you respond to, what excites you, because there's no possibility of predicting correctly whether or not a film will be successful or not. So the only thing you can do is be guided by your own taste and hope that some of them come off."

During the shoot, Radcliffe jammed to Harvey Danger and The Kinks.


Erin McCarthy

"The best British accent ever on screen that I’ve seen—although again it was playing upper class—was Edward Norton in The Painted Veil," Radcliffe told us. "Apart from one moment when he got angry, it was flawless. His accent in that was amazing."

In Horns, out at the end of the month, Radcliffe's character, Ig, is accused of murdering his girlfriend—and grows horns that compel the people around him to blurt out what they really think. It's an ability Radcliffe does not covet. "What Ig learns very quickly is that it’s not a power that he wants or benefits from; I think you see too much of what's going on in people's heads," he said. "He's just been accused of murder, and in that situation you always hope that your parents at least would know the real you, but then the horns draw out of them the fact that they think he's a murderer like everyone else. So I think no."

If you were to call Radcliffe a workaholic, you wouldn't be far from the truth. "I think a lot of people think I work out some sense of desperately wanting to prove myself and move past Harry Potter, but I actually just like what I do and I'm lucky to be in a position where I like my job. I guess I'm very relaxed on film sets—it's a real place of comfort for me because I've always been there, and I miss it when I'm not there." And it's not because he doesn't like to take vacation, either. "I can have a vacation but then if I really want to do a film and that film starts during that vacation, then I'm not in a position to say 'Wait two weeks,' because if I wait two weeks then they lose the financing—so you kind of have to take it as it comes," he said.

Radcliffe loves American football—his favorite team is the New York Giants—and during our photoshoot, he tossed around a football with May's assistant.

Radcliffe got major height on his jumps, and he always pointed his toes—a skill he honed while preparing for his time in the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying on Broadway. 

Radcliffe told us that he's "obsessed" with the English TV show QI—and then gave us quite the compliment: "I feel like mental_floss is the closest thing America has to QI." Thanks Dan!

New Harry Potter Scrabble Accepts Wizarding Words Like Hogwarts and Dobby

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USAopoly

Patronus, Hogwarts, and Dobby may not be words found in the official Scrabble dictionary, but they are very real to Harry Potter fans. Now there's finally a board game that lets players win points using the magical vocabulary made famous by the Harry Potter books and movies. SCRABBLE: World of Harry Potter from USAopoly is a new edition of Scrabble that recognizes characters, place names, spells, and potions from J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World.

Like traditional Scrabble, players use the letter tiles they pick up to spell out words on the board, with different words earning different point values. Any word you can find in an up-to-date Merriam-Webster Dictionary is still fair game, but in this version, terms coined in Harry Potter qualify as well. First and last names, whether they belong to characters (Albus or Dumbledore, for example) or actors from the franchise (Emma or Watson), are playable. You can also spell magical place names (like Hogsmeade), spells (accio), and objects (snitch).

Harry Potter version of Scrabble.
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Showing off the depth of your Harry Potter knowledge isn't the only reason to put wizarding words on the board. Magical words are worth bonus points, with players earning more points the longer the word is. SCRABBLE: World of Harry Potter also includes cards with special challenges for players—a feature that can't be found in any other version of the game.

This Harry Potter edition of Scrabble will be available for $30 at Barnes & Noble and other retailers this spring. Until then, there are plenty of Harry Potter-themed games, including wizarding chess, out there for you to play.

Harry Potter version of Scrabble.
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This 1980s Copy of Super Mario Bros. Is One of the Most Expensive Video Games in History

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The original Super Mario Bros. changed video games forever when Nintendo released it for the NES in the 1980s, and now it's making history again. As The Verge reports, a mint cartridge from 1985 just sold for $100,150, breaking a world record in video game sales.

Super Mario Bros. was the first game starring Mario that Nintendo released for a home console. Most old copies of the game from the 1980s show noticeable wear, but the item that just sold through Heritage Auctions was a rare find for collectors. The cartridge is still preserved in its sealed case, earning it a "near mint" grade of 9.4 and a A++ "seal rating" from the rare game certifiers Wata Games.

It's also a rare "sticker-sealed" copy that Nintendo created for an exclusive test market launch of the NES in New York and Los Angeles. That, along with the game's pristine condition, helped make it the most expensive graded game ever sold when a group of collectors purchased it for $100,150 at auction.

Super Mario Bros. helped launch a video game franchise and paved the way for some of Nintendo's most famous properties, including Mario Cart and Super Smash Bros. It's one of several old-school NES games that collectors are willing to shell out big bucks for. Stadium Events, the 1990 Nintendo World Championships (one sold in 2014 for $100,088), and the Nintendo Campus Challenge are also very rare and expensive.

[h/t The Verge]

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