Harry Potter's entire life leading up to
The title character in J.K. Rowling's epic series famously earned his reputation at just over a year old, when Voldemort murdered his parents but failed to finish Harry off with a Killing Curse. Though Harry's heroic mother and father were kept secret from him until he received his invitation to attend Hogwarts at age 11, his peers' high expectations and the deadly threats from Voldemort have remained consistent reminders that a great responsibility rests on his shoulders.
Harry's relationships and duties as one of the most powerful wizards in existence have only become more complex as he's aged. Director Chris Columbus' playful scenes with the first-year students of Hogwarts in "The Sorcerer's Stone" have since given way to David Yates' apocalyptic visions, which surround Harry during Dumbledore's warnings and the Death Eater invasion in "The Half-Blood Prince." Even as the final war sets in, Harry's life gets more complicated as he falls in love with his best friend's younger sister, who watched him depart for the first time on the Hogwarts Express years earlier.
At 19, Radcliffe now has an enviably prominent and diverse body of work on which to build the rest of his acting career. In 2007, he departed from the boyish innocence and ample clothing of the Potter films when he took on the lead role in "Equus," a play about a young man obsessed with horses. He's also starred in the Australian film "December Boys" and may take on an extremely serious role for his first post-Potter project, "The Journey Is the Destination," the story of a young photographer killed in Somalia. He still has quite some time before his days as Harry end, however, since "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II" doesn't come to theaters until July 2011.
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