However, it may be correct to claim that Daniel owes much of his celebrity to the fabled young hero, whose transition from teenager to adulthood has been documented via the enchanting onscreen tales that have captured audiences all over the world. Though Harry Potter has become a pop culture icon, inspiring the birth of groups and communities dedicated to the pursuit of magical possibilities, the spell has rubbed off permanently on Daniel Radcliffe-making him possibly one of the most acclaimed young actors today.
Born Daniel Jacob Radcliffe on July 23, 1989, the boy who would become Harry Potter did not traverse the fairy tale-like path to get to where he is now. As the son of literary agent Alan George Radcliffe and casting agent Marcia Jeannine Gresham, the concept of acting and the art of performance were not exactly foreign to the young Daniel. At age five, he professed his interest in the craft and eventually landed the title role in the televised version of Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield aired on BBC in 1999. But the pivotal moment came a year later when producer David Heyman urged Daniel to audition for the main role in the film adaptation of one of the world’s most talked-about books for children and young adults-the Harry Potter series penned by renowned British author J. K. Rowling. It was already then a predetermined success, with its huge budget and substantial media hype. whoever would be chosen to embody the character of the much-loved young wizard was assured of instant fame and iconic status. As history would have it, the plum role was won by eleven-year-old Daniel, who embarked on his stellar journey toward international superstardom with the launch of the first Harry Potter film in 2002-Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Four more were filmed and released within the next five years, which raised Daniel’s star to almost improbable levels. the forthcoming showing of the sixth film in July 2009 and the two-part adaptation of Rowling’s final book in the series in 2010 and 2011 are expected to commence-rather than end-Daniel’s acting career toward more serious roles.
And this is exactly what Daniel has been doing, notwithstanding his continuing portrayal of the wholesome Harry. he has taken on projects quite far from this stereotype, challenging his public and reputation with roles in the Australian independent film December Boys in 2007. in My Boy Jack as Rudyard Kipling’s son. and in the play Equus, in which Daniel performs his most controversial role ever, complete with a scene calling for him to be completely naked onstage. This scene, as well as Daniel’s much-lauded performance as a boy obsessed with horses, conquered the curiosity and acclaim of both critics and audiences (Daniel Radcliffe.com, 2007).
The Harry Potter Magic
From his selection as Harry Potter until today, as audiences await three more Harry Potter films, Daniel Radcliffe has been indelibly connected to his equally-famous character. But the passion for acting was obviously a tad wanting for the rigors of the role, which was the