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Harry Potter Star Reflects on Film

November 16, 2001

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LONDON (AP) _ Daniel Radcliffe says he was ``weak at the knees″ after seeing himself in ``Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.″

``I thought it was really weird seeing my face up on the screen,″ said 12-year-old Daniel, who plays the boy wizard with the round spectacles and lightning-bolt scar in the Chris Columbus-directed film.

``I was kind of shaking as I came out. I felt really weak at the knees. I just felt like kind of toppling over basically,″ he said. ``It took awhile to sink in and it kind of still hasn’t.″

J.K. Rowling’s Potter books follow the exploits of a young boy who discovers he inherited magical powers from his parents, a pair of wizards killed by a powerful enemy. He’s invited to become a student at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Daniel says Rowling didn’t give him any tips on how to play Harry.

``She never actually told me anything face to face. But in the books, all the characters are described so clearly, that it’s quite easy to get inside his head,″ he said.

``The person I felt the most responsibility to was J.K. Rowling. Because in a way, I am playing her son.″


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