Being the world’s most famous child actor is not an easy job. It has its rewards, but life cannot be ordinary for the boy who plays Harry Potter. And for Daniel Radcliffe, it posed challenges for which he felt unprepared. He found a way to cope, but in the end it wasn’t doing him any good.
Radcliffe first played the young spellcaster in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. It wasn’t his first film – he’d been seen on the big screen in The Tailor of Panama – but it brought him unprecedented exposure. The film was a huge success, raking in not far short of a billion dollars at the box office. And seven more enormously popular films in the Harry Potter series would follow.