Daniel Radcliffe: The boy wizard is all grown up

The boy wizard is all grown up

Daniel Radcliffe in The Woman in Black
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Former Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe returns in horror thriller The Woman in Black

At this point in my career, I’ve interviewed a fair number of famous filmmaker types. Still, there was something… dare I say magical? about meeting Daniel Radcliffe – the man, now 22, who played the most famous young wizard the movies have ever seen and spearheaded the biggest film franchise in history. And what did I say to him first thing after congratulating him on his first post-Harry Potter outing?

"I have to be honest with you, I probably wouldn’t have seen The Woman in Black if I weren’t interviewing you. I just tend to avoid horror films whenever possible really." I couldn’t believe those words had just come out of my mouth.

Radcliffe’s response: "Honestly, if I weren’t in this film, I’m not sure I would have seen it either."

Don’t take that out of context. Like me, Radcliffe tries to avoid horror films whenever possible because they "terrify" him. (He cites Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining as a personal favourite though.) In fact, it only takes a few moments with him to absorb just how excited he is about The Woman in Black, not to mention the opportunity for the world to see him as they never have before.

"I am under no illusion that people are going to see this film and think, ‘Oh my God, he isn’t Harry Potter anymore. This is a total fucking transformation!’" he says rather astutely. This is when I lose my train of thought, though, because suddenly I can’t seem to focus on anything other than how Harry Potter just said "fuck."

Radcliffe read the script for The Woman in Black on the last day of shooting Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and started work on the film six weeks later, with four weeks of intense dance training in between for his successful Broadway run in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. I would’ve taken a year off personally, but Radcliffe is clearly not the kind of guy who likes to sit still for too long. He could barely even sit still during the 15 minutes we spoke.

"My thing is, rather than getting back on the horse, why not just stay on it?" he quips like the cheeky little Brit he is. Having met him now, I can see Radcliffe eventually riding that metaphorical horse into the ground.

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