Daniel Radcliffe Says Kids Don’t Recognize Him As Harry Potter Anymore

Danielle Radcliffe in Harry Potter and Today

Daniel Radcliffe has taken on a slew of oddball roles in A Young Doctor's Notebook, Swiss Army Man, Beast of Burden and plenty of theater gigs in recent years, but he's still mostly known for his work in the Harry Potter franchise movies. However, in a recent interview Radcliffe revealed that as he is approaching 30, young fans have stopped recognizing him. He said:

I do have a thing sometimes where I meet kids now and their parents will bring them up to me and they'll be like, 'This is Harry Potter' and the kids will be like, 'No it's not.'

It has been well over seven years since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 hit theaters and even longer since Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and co. were actually filming the final movie. At that time, Radcliffe was in his early twenties. He was 11 years of age when he was first cast for Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone. So, yes, he's changed a lot in the time since. In fact, he also changed a lot during the course of the movies.

Daniel Radcliffe doesn't sport the thick glasses he did while playing Harry Potter. He also has facial hair now, a change from his magical days. He recently told The Telegraph that sometimes parents will attempt to introduce their kids to "Harry Potter" and they won't quite believe the actor used to play the part. Time passes, but Harry Potter will always be a teenager with a mop of dark hair to most people.

This is a change from a few years back when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 was one of the "it" movies of the year. The franchise is still going strong with audiences of all ages, thanks to the popularity of J.K. Rowling's books, as well as movies like Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them along with the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Adults seem to still be all over Harry Potter, though. Danielle Radcliffe also recently talked about the effect J.K. Rowling's character has had on his life and he has previously talked about the advantages he had that he believes helped him to land the role. Per the actor, it's just really nice to hear how much of an influence his work has had on numerous people. He also told the outlet:

It is very strange but also genuinely lovely when somebody comes up and says 'you were a huge part of my childhood... I always say I'm incredibly lucky to have got famous with Harry Potter because it is a genuinely beloved thing.

There are plenty of stories left to tell in J.K. Rowling's universe and perhaps the next generation of kids will be more into Queenie, or Newt Scamander or even a younger Albus Dumbledore. If you'd like to see the latest story in the universe, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, set decades before the events in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's stone, will hit theaters on November 16.

You can take a look at what else is coming up in theaters with our full 2018 movies schedule.

Jessica Rawden
Managing Editor

Jessica Rawden is Managing Editor at CinemaBlend. She’s been kicking out news stories since 2007 and joined the full-time staff in 2014. She oversees news content, hiring and training for the site, and her areas of expertise include theme parks, rom-coms, Hallmark (particularly Christmas movie season), reality TV, celebrity interviews and primetime. She loves a good animated movie. Jessica has a Masters in Library Science degree from Indiana University, and used to be found behind a reference desk most definitely not shushing people. She now uses those skills in researching and tracking down information in very different ways.