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It’s hard to picture the Harry Potter movies without Daniel Radcliffe. While the English actor initially only signed up for the first two films, he spent an entire decade of his life portraying the boy who lived. And while Potterheads may have been devastated if Radcliffe dropped out of the franchise, his parents always let the actor know it was an option. In fact, they checked in with him every year to make sure that he was still on board with playing the chosen one.

Daniel Radcliffe at the ‘Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 1’ premiere in 2010 | Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

Daniel Radcliffe had acting credits before joining the ‘Harry Potter’ cast

Radcliffe caught the acting bug early on in life. Prior to the first Harry Potter movie, he had a couple of credits on his resume. In fact, his role in the TV film, David Copperfield was the reason he was recommended for the role of Harry Potter. In David Copperfield, Radcliffe worked alongside Maggie Smith, who was ultimately cast in the role of Minerva McGonagall. After seeing Radcliffe’s performance, the Harry Potter producers asked Radcliffe to come in and audition for the role. However, his parents denied the request.