During the “Harry Potter” special, available to stream now on HBO Max, Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe revisited the scene where their characters danced together in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1”, the second to last film in the franchise.
At this point in the film, Harry and Hermione are exhausted from their search for Voldemort’s horcruxes and they have just been abandoned by an exasperated Ron. This is one of the lowest points their characters have ever been. They both mourn Ron’s departure, they don’t know where to look for the horcruxes, they are tired of running for their lives, and they don’t know if they will live to see the next day. In an attempt to cheer his friend up, Harry walks up to her, taking the locket of Slytherin, one of Voldemort’s horcruxes, out of her neck, and pulls her to her feet. As Nick Cave’s “O Children” airs on the radio, Hermione and Harry share a slow dance.
Watson said she thought it would be “really awkward” for Hermione and Harry to dance in this dark moment. A decade later, it has become one of his favorite scenes in the entire film franchise. Watson told Radcliffe during the stage:
“The scene that I thought was going to be really awkward, and I wasn’t sure at all, we were doing our dance, now it’s one of my favorite scenes from the whole show. Because the level of familiarity that you and I had with each other at that point, I don’t think I could have done a scene like this with any other actor. So much was said in the scene, it was unspoken, I loved that. And also, in the same As characters, they had to have fun. You and I were having fun, which we needed at the time as well. “