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20 Powerful Daniel Radcliffe Quotes About Playing ‘Harry Potter’

by Jennifer Lafferty

20 Powerful Daniel Radcliffe Quotes About Playing ‘Harry Potter’

Dumbledore once told the young actor: “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”


On Accepting His Harry Potter Legacy



Daniel Radcliffe isn’t trying to run away from his most famous character, saying: “Harry Potter, to a point, will always define me, but I hope in the same way that Harrison Ford is defined by Star Wars.”


On How Size Doesn’t Matter When You’re Harry Potter



There’s nothing like playing an iconic character in a hit movie franchise to boost your self-esteem. Radcliffe said: “I used to be self-conscious about my height, but then I thought, f—k that, I’m Harry Potter.”


On How He Wishes Magic Were Real



In 2003, Radcliffe told Film 4: “When I get into trouble at school I’d like to take an invisibility cloak, drape it over me and sneak out the door. Or I’d like to have a three-headed-dog because then no one would argue with me.”


On Being Careful What You Ask For



Radcliffe told Parade in 2010 that he thinks the character will always stick to him, to some extent: “It’s rather like the mafia, I guess. Once you’re in, you never get out.”


On Expanding His Horizons



The actor is hopeful that he’ll be able to escape the wizard’s shadow, saying: “People will always remember Harry, but I think if I work hard enough other characters will stick in their minds as well.”


On Reinventing Himself



He talked to The New York Times Magazine in 2013 about his performance in The Woman in Black: “I was struggling in vain to not come close to making a face that would make people think of Harry.”


On Keeping His Sense of Humor



Luckily, Daniel Radcliffe has a sense of humor about the character and doesn’t take himself too seriously. Now TV quoted him saying: “I think I’m a tiny bit like Harry ‘cos I’d like to have an owl.”


On How He Wasn’t Excited About The 8th Harry Potter



While most fans wanted the Harry Potter series to go on forever, Radcliffe was quoted in a 2007 issue of Details saying: “I’m the only kid in the world who doesn’t want an eighth Harry Potter book.”


On Those Truly Unforgettable Moments



He told Entertainment Weekly about landing the role: “I was in the bath at the time, and my dad came running in and said, ‘Guess who they want to play Harry Potter!?’ and I started to cry. It was probably the best moment of my life.”


On Separating the Man From the Persona



After years of trying to protect the Harry Potter image, Radcliffe talked about his drinking problem in 2011: “I wanted to close the gap between the real me, what was going on in me, and the person that people perceived.”


On How He Likes Weird Characters



Explaining why he plays unusual characters, Radcliffe said: “There’s nothing more exciting to me when I read a script than originality. That’s all it’s governed by; there’s no master plan to distance myself from Potter with every role.”


On Being Cool With Harry Potter Staying in His Life



In 2013 he told The Guardian: “I know that Potter is going to be with me for the rest of my life, so to try to set a goal where nobody talks about that anymore is stupid.”


On Being Philosophical About His Success



Sounding very realistic, he told GQ: “I’ve been in the most successful thing I ever will be in, and to me it’s a huge relief. Because you just go, ‘Okay, that’s literally never gonna happen again.'”


On Being Jealous of Eddie Redmayne



Envious of Eddie Redmayne’s costumes in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, he joked: “Oh f—k you, Eddie, in your brilliant costume … I got jeans and a zip top for 10 years and you’ve got a greatcoat already?”


On Being Careful What You Tell “Playboy”



Clearing up an embarrassing misunderstanding from a Playboy interview, he told NME: “I was not wanking during the filming of Potter — I managed to restrain myself until I got home.”


On The Lessons He Learned On Set



Radcliffe said he liked acting because he got out of school, but the Harry Potter sets were an education: “My acting lessons are there for all to see. That’s essentially what the films are, us learning to act.”


On Loving His Potterheads



He told NME: “I’d always thought in the years after Potter finished that it would die down, but it’s just grown more because the people who were massive Harry Potter fans in their teens are now adults. So you meet them more.”


On The Adrenalin Rush of Filming “Harry Potter”



Explaining what he’d miss about the franchise: “I got to do a 40-foot freefall down a roof when I was 15. And bursting out of the water surrounded by a ring of fire. I will never get to do that again in my career!”


On Giving Good Luck To The New Harry



Discussing the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, he said: “Jamie Parker is a wonderful actor and I’m very happy to see him play me,” adding “All of the questions can shift to him now. He can do all the Harry questions now.”


On Never Saying Never



On the possibility of playing Harry Potter again, he told The Hollywood Reporter: “I’m never going to close the door; that would be a stupid thing to do,” adding, “But I think I’ll be happy enough and secure enough to let someone else play it.”