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Daniel Radcliffe Had A Relatable Reason For Sticking With Harry Potter For So Long

Thanks to the seismic effect of "Harry Potter" on popular culture, it is sometimes easy to forget that the first film, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," came out in 2001. At that time, Daniel Radcliffe first embodied the title character at the age of 12 which would become a cyclical filming experience for all the books in the series for over a decade. Although he has had a prolific acting career since the final film in the movie franchise in 2012, the British actor is still regularly associated with the young wizard.

For Radcliffe, starring in eight features from seven books did not feel like much of a hardship. During an appearance on the "A24 Podcast," he spoke enthusiastically about the intense work he put into the character over 11 years. However, he fully acknowledged that many of his younger co-stars became worn down by the constant return to Hogwarts and film sets.

In fact, a lot of why the actor was able to maintain such a positive outlook on his 'Harry Potter" experiences came down to his home life. This included a level of freedom that fostered his burgeoning interest in acting for those in charge of his earlier career.

Radcliffe says he enjoyed playing the character and never felt pressured

When asked about his experiences as a child actor filming the long-running "Harry Potter" series in the A24 Podcast, Daniel Radcliffe spoke openly about the working conditions. He commented that he always enjoyed the process, and then added, "That's the other thing that's a key, is I feel like a lot of young people get started in it and then get to a point where they're like, 'I don't really like this anymore,' and then some of them are in a position where they've become the breadwinner for their family, essentially, at which point there's a pressure to continue, which I never had."

Radcliffe then revealed that both of his parents would communicate with him about what he wanted to do between each movie in the series. He would answer that liked playing the character because of his dislike for attending school. This was for a good reason since he also shared how he was once berated by a teacher about his supposed lack of intelligence.

In terms of ever returning to the part that defined the first part of his acting career, Radcliffe has consistently squashed talk of a "Cursed Child" follow-up film. Even though it has been over a decade since "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" came and went from theaters, he has no desire to return to the wizarding world yet.