Daniel Radcliffe has been the face of the widely successful Harry Potter series since he was 12 years old. Although the film series has concluded and he has since taken on many other film roles, his performance in the Eight Magical Movies will likely always remain his most iconic.
Although Radcliffe recently told The New York Times that he’s not interested in reprising his role as Harry any time soon (if ever), his face still stands as synonymous with Harry’s face when the stories are re-read or watched. This is true for many fans despite many key differences between the book character’s appearance and the actor’s.
For one thing, Harry’s green eyes were a staple of the book series, while Radcliffe’s eyes are blue. According to an interview with the BBC, the actor tried wearing colored contact lenses during the filming of the first movie Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, but had a painful reaction. Perhaps most notably, Harry is frequently described as tall and lanky, when in fact Radcliffe is quite the opposite.
Daniel Radcliffe is indeed a little king
At their very first red carpet, the actors who made up the Harry Potter series’ legendary circle of friends were all quite short. Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson all joined the cast before they even hit their teens. By the time Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 premiered in 2011, they were all grown – some more than others. In pictures from the trio from E! News, it appears that both Watson and Grint had surpassed the star in height.
According to USA Today, the ‘Lost City’ actor is approximately 5’5″ tall. In fairness, that’s also Watson’s reported height, so she might have the advantage of heels on red carpets. Regardless, Radcliffe’s smaller stature doesn’t seem to bother him.
In an interview with Playboy, he was asked if his height prevented him from getting certain roles. “I don’t think so,” he said. Radcliffe noted that Tom Cruise is a similar height to himself. “I could play a soldier. The minimum height for a marine is 1.50 meters and I’m way above that. No, obviously not.”
Fans are celebrating Radcliffe’s smaller stature
Daniel Radcliffe’s fans don’t seem to have any issues with his size either. In 2020, after Radcliffe spoke out against JK Rowling’s transphobic tweets on The Trevor Project, a fan tweeted, “WE STAN DANIEL RADCLIFFE, OUR SHORT KING.”
Some even believe that the actor’s height uniquely qualifies him for certain roles. As Marvel looks to cast its next Wolverine film, many are clamoring for the ex-Wizard to get the part. In response to a tweet asking “Who should the next Wolverine be?” One person wrote: “Daniel Radcliffe I will die on this hill. He would be perfect… he’s small enough to play a funnier Wolvie.”
In particular, Radcliffe has addressed the calls and made it clear that he has not yet been asked to seriously consider the role. “I think it’s people who say, ‘Who’s a little actor?’ Him! He might be able to play it,” the star told Jimmy Fallon. “I mean, anything that suggests a passing resemblance to Hugh Jackman is incredibly flattering.”