Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Pour a Potter tea

"Well, Harry's got a wonky sort of cross -- that's trials and suffering. But this here could be the sun -- that's happiness. So you're going to suffer but you're going to be happy about it."
—Ron Weasley reading Harry Potter's tea leaves

Daniel Radcliffe, the hottie star of the "Harry Potter" flicks, is a tea drinker — out of desperation. Seems he's turned to tea to help kick his smoking habit. He carries a notebook with him on the set, in which he writes down the names of the production staff and their drink choices. Then he makes them tea to order.

There's a tea party invite I'd like to wrangle.

Apparently, this began after the filming of the current movie, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince." On the set, crew and his fellow actors complained of Radcliffe's smoking. "Every time they call 'cut,' he lights up. It's disgusting," one source said. Taking heed of warnings from family and friends, Radcliffee is attempting to kick his pack-a-day habit and focusing on tea during the production of the next film, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." (Maybe he requires a cuppa as a temperance measure, given the impressive amount of drinking the kids at Hogwarts seem to do in the latest film.)

I wonder if he can read his own leaves yet ...

For whatever it's worth, here's an interesting use of typography in a YouTube video featuring a snippet from the chapter "Talons and Tea Leaves":


  1. Tea to replace smoking? That's precious. Totally. I replaced alcohol with tea and it was one of the better things I've ever done in my life. Now I'm a teetotaler and have never felt better. If I could I'd like to offer this actor some encouragement. "Tea can do that!" --Jason

  2. Tea came a long way around the globe on that very recommendation, especially in Russia. I fear someday I, too, shall have to wean myself from the vine. At least I will have tea there to comfort me.