At just 11 years old Daniel Radcliffe took on a life-changing role when he was cast to play the titular Harry Potter in the franchise about the Boy Who Lived. Now, at 34 years old, things look a little bit different for the grown man who’s moved on to perform in a slew of different productions both on screen and on stage.
During a recent interview with Kelly Clarkson on The Kelly Clarkson Show, the star revealed that he’s constantly letting fans down who, apparently on a regular basis, point out that he’s aged.
“‘You’re old now, what happened?’” Daniel Radcliffe said of how these conversations typically go down. “I’m like, ‘I’m sorry,’” he adds, saying that he disappoints “kids on, like, a regular basis.”
Harry Potters fans are disappointed that Daniel Radcliffe has aged
Proof of just how timeless the eight Harry Potter films are, it’s clear that an entirely new generation can’t help but attach Daniel Radcliffe’s face to the boy at the center of the Wizarding World, keeping the magic alive for years to come.
For Daniel Radcliffe, though, it has been over a full decade since the last film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 came out, the epic conclusion to the story of good vs. evil. Since then, the actor has been involved in several different productions, oftentimes finding it a challenge to shake the label of “Harry Potter” from people’s minds.
Bursting right out of the halls of Hogwarts, Daniel Radcliffe’s first feature-length role fully outside the magical franchise was in the horror film, The Woman in Black.
While Daniel Radcliffe hardly had any time during the filming of the Harry Potter movies to fit in any other work, he did appear in the 2007 drama, December Boys. Still, The Woman in Black showed audiences that the actor was ready to shed the sorting hat and strike out into the world on his own.
From here, he would continue to gain steam in titles including Horns, Trainwreck, and Victor Frankenstein, flexing his performative muscles in a variety of genres.
After Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe took different roles in December Boys, The Woman in Black, Horns, Trainwreck, and Victor Frankenstein
Dipping into a bit of the bizarre, Daniel Radcliffe teamed up with Paul Dano on the 2016 feature, Swiss Army Man, a bit of surrealist fun from Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan – the pair who would eventually bring audiences Everything Everywhere All at Once.
It was in this movie that Daniel Radcliffe really let his freak flag fly, showing audiences that he wasn’t Harry Potter anymore and certainly didn’t want to be treated as such.
Beyond Swiss Army Man, Daniel Radcliffe continued to pave his own way with appearances in films such as Imperium, Lost in London, Beast of Burden, Guns Akimbo, The Lost City, and most recently in the titular role as the satirical songster in Weird: The Al Yankovic Story.
Still, as the actor revealed on Kelly Clarkson’s show, although he may be making a different name for himself all these years later, generation after generation will connect him to Harry Potter.
Once Daniel Radcliffe found that the acting bug had bitten him hard during his time in Harry Potter, the performer realized that he also had a calling to the stage.
Making his Broadway debut in the highly-talked-about play, Equus, he’s since graced The Great White Way with his talent in other productions including How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, and, currently, Merrily We Roll Along. While we recognize him as a multi-faceted actor, the star will forever be known as the boy who lived.