ByKristin Lai, writer at
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Kristin Lai

is undoubtedly one of the most popular and beloved series of children's books in history. When it was decided they would build a film series based on the franchise, much care and consideration went into choosing the perfect actor for the 11-year-old titular character, Harry Potter.

Finding "The Boy Who Lived" and his two best friends wasn't an easy task. After auditioning thousands of young actors, it was Daniel Radcliffe who was deemed worthy to play the bespectacled young wizard.

It's been a whopping 15 years since Daniel Radcliffe first auditioned for the role and fans have been getting nostalgic for the days when we first met our beloved boy wizard and his BFFs at Hogwarts.

Today we know Radcliffe as a handsome and bearded adult, so it can be easy to forget just how cute he was as a fresh-faced child.

Recently, footage of 's screen tests from 2001 has been making its way around the Internet, and it's absolutely adorable.

No wonder he got the role! According to director Chris Columbus in an interview with CNN, "The moment he walked into the room we knew we'd found Harry."

J.K. Rowling, who created the magical world we all love so dearly, shared Columbus's sentiments saying, "Having seen Dan Radcliffe's screen test, I don't think Chris Columbus could have found a better Harry."

The minute he puts on those glasses it's clear that Columbus is absolutely set on Radcliffe. From then on, his fate as Harry Potter was written in the Sorcerer's Stone.

Here's another sweet nostalgia-filled screen test. It features little Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, which is their first time working together on camera.

After 7 films and 10 years, it's impossible to imagine anyone else playing Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, or Ron Weasley. This is definitely an example of casting gone totally right.

How old do you feel right now?

(Source: YouTube, CNN)


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