Elizabeth Entenman
October 29, 2014 2:42 pm

There are so many reasons to love Daniel Radcliffe, but here’s one: He’s really good about giving us nuggets of Harry Potter wisdom. In fact, he answers fan questions quite thoughtfully and doesn’t blink when someone asks him what kind of Horcrux he’d have. Case in point: His recent Reddit AMA, where he regaled the Internet with stories of on-set pranks and the weirdness of growing up famous. It was candid, fascinating, funny and awesome. Someone even asked a Harry Potter question he’d never heard before—a rare feat, eight movies later. And of course, he answered it like a pro. We collected all the best Potter-related facts we learned from Radcliffe during his AMA, and put it into this handy list. Here you go, superfans:

On one of his favorite Harry Potter memories

“Well, one of the moments in my life that will forever be… you know, immortal in my memory, would be – because Gary Oldman is a bass player, a very good bass player, yeah, and, um, I started learning bass on the 3rd film when he joined the cast. And so one day, I think actually maybe on my 14th birthday, that day started with Gary teaching me the bass line to “Come Together” by the Beatles, yeah! And you know, that was just an amazing, amazing moment.”

On the best prank he ever played on the Potter set 

“God… I should probably [write] about the one that was pulled on ME, rather than any I pulled. Because it came from a very unexpected place. There’s – in the 3rd film – there’s a shot in the great hall of all the kids sleeping in the great hall, and the camera starts very very wide, and comes in so that it’s an inch from my face, a very long developing set, yeah, and Alan Rickman decided he would plant one of those fart machines in my, uh, sleeping bag, and they waited until like -the camera had come in for this huge DRAMATIC developing shot, and then unleashed this tremendous noise in the great hall. I immediately thought: ‘This is one of the other kids f*cking around, and we were going to get in trouble.’ But as it turns out, it was one of the members of Britain’s acting royalty. I think I laughed a lot, was probably a bit embarrassed, but it was really really funny.”

On staying grounded as a famous kid 

“I would attribute it to my parents and also to the crew of the Potter films, who were very good at treating us like kids rather than as actors, as they should have done. But yeah, it’s hard to say what it comes down to. I think also when you grow up in the media, you get a very clear sense of how crazy the media is, and you know – basically the countdown that Emma’s birthday was to when she turned 18, or 17, or whatnot, it was insane. It was insane. And I think when you see that perspective that we all saw at very young ages, you do get an extra level of awareness maybe.”

On whether or not Rupert Grint REALLY owns an ice cream van

“He really does! Um, and, er, he also owned at one point, at one point he owned llamas and a hovercraft, you heard correctly, hahaha, and a 1950’s chevy pickup, he had a collection of weird and wonderful things at his house.”

On where he would keep his imaginary Horcrux

“I would say… I was gonna say my iPod, prolly put it in that, but I would put it inside an album on the iPod, so you’d have to open that album. So I somehow want it to be connected to a particular album that means something, like Ziggy Stardust. So that’s how I’d want to do that.”

On items he kept from the set of HP 

“I wasn’t going to leave there without grabbing a set of glasses!”

On his favorite character in the HP franchise, not including HP

“Probably Sirius. Like I always loved the character, and then Gary’s portrayal of him I thought was perfect. Or Lupin, really. Any of the characters my dad used to hang out with, other than Wormtail. There was always something bout those two guys I loved a lot.”

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