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For those who grew up with Harry Potter, the final installment, Deathly Hallows - Part 2, was the end of an era. Over the course of a decade, eight movie adaptations of J.K. Rowling's novels graced the big screen. It's no surprise, then, that the movies were also a huge part of Daniel Radcliffe's life.

In a refreshingly candid interview, Daniel Radcliffe admits the transitional period after completing Harry Potter left him "freaked out" and led him to "drinking a lot."

After filming ended for one of the world's most iconic fantasy franchises, Radcliffe struggled to adapt to the change in lifestyle and routine. Considering he'd been shooting the Potter movies since the age of 11, it must've been a shock to the system.

Friends forever!
Friends forever!

The adjustment period was tough for the 26-year-old. Talking on Marc Maron's WTF Podcast, Radcliffe spoke of his unsettled daily routine:

"There was definitely a time when I was coming out of Potter into the real world, and suddenly I was in a world when I was not in that consistency anymore."

"I drank a lot"

Radcliffe has previously spoken of his battle with alcohol. Speaking in 2012, he said he was often drunk on the Harry Potter set, and in some scenes he was "dead behind the eyes." This led him to give up alcohol completely in 2010.

He relapsed when J.K. Rowling's hit franchise drew to a close. He attempted to cope by turning to alcohol, and he even partied with fans of the Potter series in the UK. He said:

"I was living alone, and I think I was really freaked out... I drank a lot, as has been recorded, but I think that was more to do with going out in public and having a battle within me of thinking, 'No. I can have a totally normal life.'"

However, that lifestyle was unsustainable, and he "got bored of waking up feeling like that," which inspired him to turn his life around. He's now abstained from drinking alcohol for two years, having given up in 2013.

"I was very lucky"

Radcliffe starring in Equus
Radcliffe starring in Equus

It's no easy task to break the mould after playing such an iconic role for eight movies. But Radcliffe has made the transition seamlessly from childhood star to acclaimed adult actor – and he's thankful for it.

“I was very lucky that people gave me opportunities directly after Potter finished to play more grown-up stuff, because I could have been getting teen offer type stuff."

Since finishing Potter, Radcliffe has played a variety of roles, from Arthur in chilling horror The Woman in Black to poet Allen Ginsberg in Indie flick Kill Your Darlings.


His next role will be as undercover FBI Agent Nate Foster in upcoming action flick Imperium. The plot is based on a true story about an agent that infiltrates a group of Neo-Nazis who are building a dirty bomb. The movie is being filmed now, hence the shaven-headed look Radders has been sporting recently.

Source: Marc Maron's WTF Podcast, US Magazine


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