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Daniel Radcliffe Shares The Unexpected Effect Meeting Him Has On Harry Potter Fans

Daniel Radcliffe telling a story on a talk show.

You’d think anyone would be thrilled to meet Daniel Radcliffe, best known for portraying Harry Potter in the hit film series. However, as the actor explained on Late Night with Seth Meyers, this isn’t always the case. Especially when it comes to his young fans, Radcliffe has dealt with a few disappointed reactions in more recent years! He told the audience why he thinks that is.

“If they’re very young kids, they’ve probably only seen maybe the first one or two films,” he said. “And so then they have a parent who’s my age, who’s like, ‘It’s Harry Potter!’ And the kid’s like, ‘It is not. This man is old.'”


There’s a big disconnect when young Harry Potter fans meet Daniel Radcliffe.

♬ original sound – Late Night with Seth Meyers

It makes sense that, if a child is used to seeing Harry Potter as an eleven or twelve-year-old, they wouldn’t recognize grown-up Daniel Radcliffe. However, this isn’t the first time in the actor’s life that fans have been confused about his identity. For many years, many people mistook him for Elijah Wood from the Lord of the Rings films. This has made for some pretty funny fan interactions!

Daniel Radcliffe telling a story on a talk show.
Screengrab from TikTok

In an older video, Daniel Radcliffe told the story of how a man in New York was thrilled to spot him on the street, thinking that he was Elijah Wood. Instead of correcting the fan, though, he just thanked him for his support.

“Well, I don’t want to ruin his day,” Radcliffe joked. “Like, he’s had a nice interaction with Elijah Wood.”

Even though some of this actor’s fan encounters haven’t been what he was expecting, it doesn’t sound like he minds too much. In fact, Daniel Radcliffe seems to be able to laugh at himself along with the best of them!

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