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Post-Potter, Daniel Radcliffe isn't looking to be the next Harry Potter

Daniel Radcliffe, here in 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" doesn't want to be remembered as just a child star

Say it ain't so! Daniel Radcliffe is preparing to pull out his Nimbus 2000 and sweep Harry Potter under the rug in an effort to break away from his child-star image.

"The next 12 months are going to be quite telling," he told MTV News. "If I had been taking some time off and not doing stuff I think the temptation in terms of the media and the public, to a certain extent, is [that] if you don't hear from a child star for a while, you can kind of condemn them to the been-and-gone pile. I wanted to make sure that didn't happen."

Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson -- the child stars in 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone'Well, it's no secret that he has been a child star. The actor got his start in the boy-wizard films at the ripe age of 11 and viewers have seen him grow up onscreen. Now he's 21 and gearing up for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part II," the last installment of the eight-film series, whose few photos already have fans' wands in a knot.

Radcliffe has, however, taken on other roles while doing the fantasy films. He's now starring on Broadway in "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" and starred in "Equus" in 2008, famously going nude for a dimly lit scene. He'll hit the big screen again as a lawyer in the supernatural thriller "The Woman in Black," due out in early 2012.

"I wanted to make sure people knew that I wanted to work and I didn't necessarily want to take the easy option of immediately signing up to another huge tent-pole fantasy series," he said. "For me, I get very, very bored unless I'm doing something that challenges me and makes me jump through a few hoops."

For our own sake, we're going to avoid the conclusion that he got bored with the Potter series.

Radcliffe isn't alone in paving a post-franchise path: "Harry Potter" costar Emma Watson decided to take a break from studies at Brown University to continue her acting career, becoming the new face of Lancôme cosmetics and a design collaborator for Alberta Ferretti in the process. Rupert Grint, the films' lovable Ronald Weasley, is also continuing to take new roles outside the fantasy genre and is slated to appear in "Comrade" and "Eddie the Eagle." He too did a few nonwizarding films while taking part in the franchise.

Wethinks these kids will be all right. What say you, readers? Are you sad to see the "Harry Potter" stars move on? Are you excited about their new endeavors?


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— Nardine Saad

Photos, from top: Daniel Radcliffe as the title character in 2009's "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince"; Rupert Grint, from top, Radcliffe and Emma Watson in 2000's "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." Credits: Warner Bros. ; Terry O'Neill / Warner Bros.

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Harry is old and tired now...give it a rest until he's very old like Dumbodorf...

Daniel Radcliffe got his start as young David Copperfield in the 1999 TV-movie adaptation of Dickens' popular novel - and had a midling big screen hit in the 1999 film, Tailor of Panama, playing the son of Pierce Brosnan's lead character

He did not "get his start in the boy wizard films."

Just sayin'...

It would be nice if you would read the full interview he gave to MTV instead of lifting certain comments to serve you slanted view. Not surprised you missed some things.

It would be nice if you would read the full interview he gave to MTV instead of lifting certain comments to serve you slanted view. Not surprised you missed some things.

I am very excited to see Rupert's new films. Hopefully he'll continue to make his fans happy with his work :)

I've grown up with the harry potter series and im quite sad that it has to end but as they say all good things have to have an end.
I'm very happy that they've all got plans to carry on acting becaus i don't think a-lot of fans want the actors to just disapear.
I hope they all do very well in life and get what they want and deserve.

Daniel was born and raised with Harry Potter. I am glad that he is able to continue his career as he puts the HP chapters behind him as well as the rest of the HP cast. Actors need to break out of their shells and give us, the audience, a side that has never been seen before. Daniel has accomplished this and I believe we are in for a real treat as he brings us new characters to become, if only for a little while.
I like the breakage...

Yes I'm excited for their new endeavors. I'm a big fan of all three since day 1 and can't wait to see what they'll do next. They're such talented actors and have so much to offer!

The long-term goal of having the same child actors grow up in their roles was very positive for nearly all their careers development. They had a stable support system which has frequently not been the case for child actors. Daniel and Rupert were good from the start. Emma grew into the role by the second film. I hear that Dan worked for six months solid to become a certified expert diver for the lake scenes in Goblet of Fire. I also read that he worked tirelessly to learn to dance for How to Succeed...That is the sort of drive that will make us follow his blossoming career. We can all celebrate and remember, especially with our DVDs, the wonder of Harry Potter films. But I want to also know that the actors who portrayed such memorable roles are living successful lives in the here and now. Dan is not Harry. Rupert is not Ron. Emma is not Hermione.


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