Daniel Radcliffe Says Harrison Ford Influenced his Career Choices After Harry Potter

Daniel Radcliffe wanted to separate himself from Harry Potter following his time as the titular star of the franchise. The actor portrayed Potter for eight films, spanning 10 years of Radcliffe’s young career. He was twelve years old when The Sorcerer’s Stone was released, catapulting the actor into the global spotlight and making his name synonymous with the wizard.

Now, during an in-depth sit down with GQ, Radcliffe discussed his career and his mindset following his time in the Wizarding World. Like many stars who become well-known for one role, the actor wanted to broaden his market and test his abilities in various projects that were a steep departure from the Harry Potter movies. Radcliffe cited fellow Hollywood star Harrison Ford as his inspiration as Ford rose to prominence for his role as Han Solo in the Star Wars franchise. The actor says many fans believed he would take a step back from acting after Harry Potter, but Radcliffe loved his work too much.


“I had this awareness that people expected we would do nothing after Potter — that we would fade away,” he explains. “I really wanted that not to be the case, because I knew that I loved it, and I wanted to do whatever I have to do to have a career with longevity.” Of course, fans of the Harry Potter series will always associate Radcliffe with the role, but the actor has done a great job in the various projects he starred in since the franchise came to a close.

Daniel Radcliffe and Harrison Ford Have a Long List of Credits in Hollywood

After starring in Star Wars, Harrison Ford remained in the spotlight with his portrayal of the titular character in the Indiana Jones franchise. He began playing Indy in Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981, with the movie spawning three follow-ups, with the fifth film currently in production.

Ford would continue his string of success with Blade Runner in 1982 as Rick Deckard, a role he would reprise in 2017 with the sequel Blade Runner 2049. Ford’s attitude toward Star Wars has long been documented, but the actor is still grateful for the role. He would return to Han Solo in 2015 with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and one final time in 2019 with The Rise of Skywalker. Now, Ford will join the long-running MCU franchise as he takes over the role of General Ross in Captain America: New World Order.

Radcliffe has essentially ruled out any return to Harry Potter; however, he can still be found in numerous Indie titles and big-budget films. His first movie after his time at Hogwarts was The Woman in Black, a horror film following his character as he travels to a remote village with a vengeful ghost. Recently, the actor appeared as the antagonist in Now You See Me 2 and The Lost City and portrayed ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic in Weird: The Al Yankovic Story. Fans can see Radcliffe as the popular parody artist when the film arrives for streaming on the Roku channel on Nov. 4.