Daniel Radcliffe was not the first choice for the role of Harry Potter. Tom Felton had almost stolen the role of Harry Potter from Daniel Radcliffe. Tom Felton is known for playing the role of Draco Malfoy in the movies of Harry Potter. The director Chris Columbus, who is linked with the first two movies of the Harry Potter series, recently revealed that Warner Bros. officials were interested to cast Tom Felton as Harry Potter instead of Daniel Radcliffe.
The director explained: “Tom was a great actor as well, so we thought, let’s just dye Tom’s hair, give him a scar, give him the glasses and let’s see. He did a great Harry Potter reading. The problem is you can really kind of tell when an 11 or 12-year-old kid’s hair is dyed.”
“He was so good at Malfoy. I just couldn’t pass that up. I knew Tom had to play Malfoy.”
Columbus was interested to cast Daniel Radcliffe as Harry due to his “complex and interesting” presence on the screen in place of Tom Felton.
He told The Hollywood Reporter: “I was up late one night in London watching BBC (TV) , and there was a miniseries of David Copperfield. There was a young Dan Radcliffe in it, for about two or three scenes. But I thought, ‘That’s Harry Potter.’ “
The casting directors told Chris, “‘You’re never going to get him. His parents are in the industry. They have no desire for him to do this. Just forget about him.'”
Columbus said: “In David’s usual charming way, he was able to convince them to come in for a meeting. That was sort of the end of it.”
The final decision was made when the author of Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling saw Daniel Radcliffe as the “perfect” choice to play the lead role.
“So, when the studio heard that she loved him, and I loved him and David loved him, they said yes,” he added.
“Two days later, we made the announcement in London. The rest is history.”
The premiere dates of Harry Potter on Cartoon Network
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – November 13
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – November 14
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – November 21
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – November 28
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – January 2
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – January 9
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1- January 16
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow: Part 2 – January 23