NEW YORK (CBS) – Everyone needs to believe in magic from time to time, but for Daniel Radcliffe, it’s time to put down the wand, get back to reality and bid farewell to his boy wizard role as Harry Potter.
It’s the beginning of the end, as Radcliffe stars in the seventh installment of the most successful franchise in film history, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.”
Portraying Harry Potter is no small accomplishment, however.
Humbled by his success, Radcliffe tells “Early Show” co-anchor Harry Smith he’s grateful for the films’ success and loyal fans.
While he says he can’t really “conceive of” the massive amount of money that the “Potter” franchise has brought in, there’s no question it’s rolling in Benjamins.
It’s not magic, just genius from author J.K. Rowling.
“It’s very rare I think about the amount of money these films have taken in. … A lot of people don’t see these films once; I’ve met a lot of people that have seen them 20 times, unbelievable amounts, and the sort of devotion these films inspire, that is kind of amazing, and to have it still ten years in,” he said.
In “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1,” fans can see Harry in a different light — sans a school uniform and without supervision, but off and on his own as a young adult.
So will J.K. Rowling write any more Harry Potter books — and if so, would Radcliffe be up for it?
“I don’t think she’s going to. I’m sure she will write other books. I’m 99.9 percent confident she won’t write another book about Harry. And, if she did, then I’d have to… um, have a long hard think about it. To be honest, ten years is a long time to stay with one character,” he explained.
It may not be as whimsical, but fans can still catch Radcliffe on the Big White Way. He will return to Broadway in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”
Radcliffe is also filming a movie called “A Woman in Black,” which he refers to as “a Gothic horror film.”
“I feel I’ve landed on my feet — in terms of after ‘Potter,’ I couldn’t have wished for anything more diverse and challenging,” he said.
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1″
opens in theaters Friday, November 19th
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