We all know that the cast of the Harry Potter movies are just great people. How exactly these casting directors chose three child actors who would grow into legitimately awesome actors and generally smart, kind, and well-adjusted people is just beyond me.
While we're pretty in tune with the core three actors behind the franchise, we can't forget that a lot of other people put in years of work into making the films that we love so much. As I was perusing Imgur last night (as per usual), I stumbled upon this bit from ScorpiusMalfoy regarding one of the behind-the-scenes people who made the films possible.
The following isn't exactly new news, but as it recently resurfaced online, I thought it'd be important to discuss. The set of GIFs below show Daniel Radcliffe making an important distinction about the work of, and his relationship with, his longtime stunt double David Holmes.
But first, a bit of background on the relationship between these two...
Holmes had worked alongside Daniel since 2000 on the first six Harry Potter movies. Through countless duels and Quidditch matches, Holmes and Radcliffe worked together to accomplish some truly outstanding stunts that kept us all holding our breath and on our toes for years.
Sadly, as Holmes was working on a flying stunt for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 back in 2009, he was thrown against a wall, fracturing his neck and leaving him paralyzed from the neck down with limited mobility in his arms and hands at only 25-years-old.
Daniel wanted to make it clear that Holmes is more than just "a person in a wheelchair," and that he deserves to be recognized as not only a great stunt double, but also a good friend. Check out his kind words for everyone regarding his relationship with David below:
If that kind of loving and dedicated friendship doesn't tug right at your heartstrings, then I don't know what will.
Of course, being the close friends that they are, Holmes returns Radcliffe's sentiments. Check out the Harry Potter stunt doubles in action and some of Holmes words on his relationship with Daniel:
Even with the injuries Holmes sustained, he hasn't let them hold him back from doing incredible things or regretting his time working on the Harry Potter films. He remembers his time fondly on set saying:
It was an amazing experience. I loved it and Dan was an absolute pleasure to work with. The cast and crew were like a second family and I remain in touch with a lot of them to this day.
David Holmes is currently the Appeal Ambassador for RNOH, the largest orthopaedic hospital in the UK where he was treated after the accident. He and two friends, who are also wheelchair bound, have started the Ripple Production company, which aims to help those who have suffered injuries of this nature cope through podcasts.