Harry Potter Is All Grown Up: Daniel Radcliffe Through the Years

As the actor celebrates his 24th birthday, see how he transitioned from a young wizard to grown man

Daniel Radcliffe made his acting debut at the young age of 10 when he snagged the lead role in the BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens' David Copperfield. Little did he know that director Chris Columbus would watch the film and decide that Daniel was perfect for the coveted role of Harry Potter.

The British actor gained monumental success through the Harry Potter series, and continues to wow audiences with his Broadway performances and more adult film roles.

In 15 photos, see how Daniel has developed into the talented actor he is today.

Age 11

Emma Watson, Rupert Grint,  Daniel Radcliffe

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To Hogwarts they go! In a nationwide casting search, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint were chosen to play Hermione Granger and Ronald Weasley alongside Daniel in the film adaptation of J.K Rowling's novel, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Here, the talented trio was introduced as the new cast of the film series, which would define their careers for years to come.

 

Age 12

Daniel Radcliffe

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Daniel is all smiles at the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in London on Nov. 4, 2001. The film earned $974.7 million worldwide. "Whatever opportunities I get for the rest of my life; 99 percent of them you can trace back to the fact that I got this amazing job when I was 10," he later told Huffington Post in 2012. "I still maintain that there is no place more fun for a boy than a film set."

 

Age 13

Daniel Radcliffe

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Pottermania continues! Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was a force to be reckoned with at the box office, grossing $878.9 million worldwide. At only 13 years old, Daniel looked like a natural as he worked the red carpet at the N.Y.C premiere of the flick on Nov. 10, 2002.

 

Age 14

Emma Watson, Rupert Grint,  Daniel Radcliffe

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There is no doubt about it -- these three are the luckiest teenagers in the world! Rupert, Daniel and Emma pose for the DVD launch of the second Harry Potter film in Hertfordshire, Great Britain on April 8, 2003.

 

Age 15

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With his sweet smile and suave pin-stripped suit, Daniel is every teenage girl's crush! The adorable actor smiled for the cameras at the premiere of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban on May 23, 2004. The success of the series couldn't be stopped, as this film brought in another $796.6 million worldwide.

 

Age 16

Daniel Radcliffe

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Not just anyone can pull off a green velvet suit! Daniel made a fashion statement at the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in London on Nov. 6, 2005. The fourth installment brought in $896.9 million.

 

Age 17

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They didn't need a magical spell to win these awards! Emma, Rupert and Daniel proudly held up their Empire Outstanding Contribution Awards for the Harry Potter series at the Sony Ericsson Empire Film Awards in London on March 13, 2006.

 

Age 18

Daniel Radcliffe

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From the screen to the stage! Daniel shed himself of his Harry Potter image (and of his clothes!) when he took on the role of Alan Strang in the Broadway play Equus. The actor received rave reviews for his portrayal of the troubled adolescent. Daniel "steps into a mothball-preserved, off-the-rack part and wears it like a tailor’s delight -- that is, a natural fit that allows room to stretch," said The New York Times in a 2008 review. He is pictured here at a press photocall for the play in London on Feb. 22, 2007.

 

Age 19

Daniel Radcliffe

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Is it getting hot in here? The beautiful Brit showed off his singing skills (and toned tummy) at the Gypsy of the Year event, which raised over $3 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS in N.Y.C on Dec. 9, 2008.

 

Age 20

Daniel Radcliffe

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He's back! Two years since the last Harry Potter film, Daniel and his costars teamed up again for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The actor looked dapper at the world premiere of the flick -- which drew in $934.4 million -- in London on July 7, 2009.

 

Age 21

Daniel Radcliffe

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All good things must come to an end. The stunning star looked as smart as ever at the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 premiere in London on Nov. 11, 2010. "There’s nowhere I would rather be," Daniel confessed to Collider.com. "Over the last 10 years it’s been some of the most surreal, bizarre moments of my life, but in a lovely way. There’s certainly nothing I would have swapped it for."

 

Age 22

Daniel Radcliffe

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Daniel is made for the stage! The British hunk returned to Broadway in the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying as J. Pierrepont Finch. Not only did the star receive favorable reviews, but he was also nominated for a 2011 Drama Desk Award.

 

Daniel Radcliffe

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It's the end of an era. For the last time, the costars and friends attended the final installment of the franchise that made them stars, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, on July 7, 2011. The eight Harry Potter films grossed over $7 billion worldwide. "It's very rare in your career that you get to play an action hero," Daniel told Time Out New York in 2011. "I'm not the natural frame and stature of an action hero, so I may not get to play one again. Things like bursting out of the water in film six, surrounded by a ring of fire. ... I won't get to do that again. I miss that stuff."

 

Age 23

Daniel Radcliffe

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When one door closes, another opens! The actor looked swoon-worthy in his suit and tie at his first post-Potter movie premiere, The Woman in Black, in London on Jan. 24, 2012. The film was a box-office hit and received fair reviews, with a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 65 percent. "Somebody said to me after Potter are you not going to take a break? And I said no, I cannot afford to take a break: This is the time when the film world will be watching to see what we do next and we can't afford to be seen to be inactive. That fear of failure is something that will panic me a lot," he said to The Huffington Post

 

Age 24

Daniel Radcliffe

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Daniel can't help but smile as he accepts his Man of the Year award at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards in London on June 4. The actor received the honor because of his transition from the Harry Potter series to more serious roles, as well as his charity work. With the talented actor starring in the upcoming film Kill Your Darlings, he continues to be the critically acclaimed actor he always was!

Teresa Roca is an iVillage contributing writer. Follow her on Google+.

 

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