'Harry Potter' Star Daniel Radcliffe On Parade: Cover Story

Jigsaw"Harry Potter" actress Emma Watson is rumored to be Columbia University bound, but don't expect co-star Daniel Radcliffe to follow her into the hallowed halls of academia. The 19-year-old actor recently shared his distaste for the classroom in the latest issue of Parade magazine. “I wasn’t very good in school at all,” Daniel told the mag. “I was kind of useless."

One thing Daniel hasn't been useless at his helping turn J.K. Rowling's fantasy franchise into a world-wide film phenomenon. With "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" coming out next month, Daniel talked with Parade about his similarities with the beloved boy wizard, taking it all of in "Equus," and why cougars make him purr.

By the time the final "Harry Potter" film wraps next spring, Daniel will have spent nearly half of his life playing the Hogwarts student, and the young actor admitted the character is a lot like him for a reason. “When I started out at the age of 10 or 11, I was essentially saying the lines as I myself would say them," Daniel said. "When I became aware that that’s what I was doing, at 13 or 14, it didn’t make sense to change, because it would suddenly be a dramatic shift in the character.”

Breaking out of the Potter mold, Daniel took on a very different role as a young man sexually fascinated with horses in the Peter Shaffer play "Equus." The role required Daniel to doff his clothes for one sex scene, which obviously garnered a lot of attention. “As soon as we started doing the show, people went, ‘Oh! So this is not pornography — this is a play,’?” Daniel said. “It was mainly hyped beforehand.”

Though "Harry Potter" and his Broadway turn have kept him busy, Daniel still has time to date, and he knows what type of woman is best suited for him. “Girls my own age are not really an option,” he said. “I find, generally speaking, they have to be entertained more than older girls do. So most of the girls I have had serious things with are generally sort of in their 20s.” Meow!

Are you excited to see the next "Harry Potter" movie? What sort of roles would you like to see Daniel take on next?