Between 2001 and 2011, the world was mesmerized by Daniel Radcliffe. The unimaginable success of the Harry Potter franchise kept him in the spotlight throughout his adolescence, and many wondered if he would ever escape his ties to the unmistakable role once Potter was complete. Playing such an iconic character for so long can make for a rough transition into unrelated roles. Despite Harry being destined to follow him forever, Radcliffe has adapted very well post-Potter and has multiple stellar performances under his belt. Whether you wanted him to or not, Daniel has broken free of his magical past and is broadening his theatrical range as an actor.
Working on multiple projects across many genres, Daniel Radcliffe is proving that he does not define himself by his biggest role. As a fan myself, I'm proud to see him continuing to grow and explore the potential his career possesses. In celebration of his newest films set to release in the coming year, I'd like to briefly describe some of my favorite post-Potter roles
From Screen To Stage
Radcliffe had already diversified his thespian portfolio in between Potter films. In 2008 and 2011, he brought his bright talent to Broadway in Equus and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
In Equus, Radcliffe gained some serious clout by portraying a teenager nurturing a disturbing obsession with horses. The production required him to be nude on stage and carry out a number of sexually inclined scenes. This sparked a bit of controversy over whether a 17 year old star should be thrust into the spotlight in such a mature way. He handled it with grace and dignity and won multiple awards for his performance.
How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Based on a book, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is a musical satire in which Radcliffe plays the lead role, a modest window-washer that begins a new job in the mail room of a huge corporation. Two weeks later, he's chairman of the board. Adding musicals to his resume, he proves once again that he is capable of more. Daniel won 2 awards for his performance and upon his departure, his role was revived twice by Darren Criss and Nick Jonas in 2012.
Pretty F***ing Persuasive: Horns
In 2013, Daniel explored his evil side, taking on the role of an accused murderer in Horns, based on the book of the same name. After being charged with the murder of his girlfriend, Ig Parrish, wakes up on the anniversary of her death with a set of magical horns. They enable him to persuade others to enact their darkest desires and speak the thoughts they'd rather keep hidden. He uses his new found power to clear his name and discover who needs to be punished for taking away his one beacon of hope in the world.
Radcliffe did a wonderful job of blending comedy with darkness and brought to light a side of his talent that was unknown to most. Taking on projects with darker, more mature themes has helped Daniel solidify his staining power in Hollywood.
The Doctor Is In: A Young Doctor's Notebook
In perhaps my favorite Radcliffe work to date, Daniel plays a doctor fresh out of medical school that is assigned to a remote cabin miles away from any resource. He has a shadow that talks to him through the stressful adjustment to his new life. That shadow turns out to be his older self, seemingly desperate to stop his young counterpart from taking the path that leads to his ultimate demise: morphine. The show does a wonderful job of portraying the snowballing progression of addiction with equal levels of comedy, medical gore and drama. This show is unforgettable. It debuted on British television and is now available on Netflix. If you haven't seen it, do so. It's an unforgettable experience.
Where is He Now?
Daniel Radcliffe is currenly filming his latest film, Imperium, in my home state of Virginia! Radcliffe will portray an FBI agent that goes undercover to infiltrate a neo-Nazi terrorist organization to thwart their attempt at a bombing. I'm excited to see what he brings to the role and how his skill set will influence his creative choice to take on yet another diverse role.
It's been just 4 years since the final Harry Potter movie ended Radcliffe's magical journey through a film series that will undoubtedly immortalize him as a household name. In this short period of time, he has been able to separate himself as much as possible from Harry and has proven that he's capable of playing diverse and complicated characters. I absolutely love the path he's chosen and I will continue to follow his career. While Harry made him who he is today, he is not letting the role define him. And that alone is something that should make him proud.
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