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Harry James Potter is the eponymous title character and the main protagonist of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter fantasy series. The books cover seven years in the life of the lonely orphan who, on his eleventh birthday, learns he is a wizard. He attends Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to learn magic. Under the guidance of the kindly headmaster Albus Dumbledore, Harry discovers that he is already famous throughout the Wizarding world, and that his fate is tied with that of Lord Voldemort, the universally feared Dark wizard who killed Harry's mother and father. Voldemort was believed to have been killed by the rebounding curse intended for the one year old Harry.


In the five Harry Potter movies screened from 2001-2007, Harry Potter has been portrayed by British actor Daniel Radcliffe, who is slated to appear in the three final films, the last book being made into two parts. Radcliffe was asked to audition for the role of Harry Potter in 2000 by producer David Heyman, while in attendance at a play titled Stones in His Pockets in London. The Harry Potter role has been highly lucrative for Radcliffe; as of 2007, he has an estimated wealth of £17 million.
 In a 2007 interview with MTV, Radcliffe stated that, for him, Harry Potter is a classic coming of age character: "That's what the films are about for me: a loss of innocence, going from being a young kid in awe of the world around him, to someone who is more battle-hardened by the end of it."  He also said that for him, important factors in Harry's psyche are his survivor's guilt in regard to his dead parents and his lingering loneliness. Because of this, Radcliffe talked to a bereavement counsellor to help him prepare for the role.[21] Radcliffe was quoted as saying that he wished for Harry to die in the books, but he clarified that he, "can't imagine any other way they can be concluded." After reading the last book, where Harry Potter and his friends survive and have children, Radcliffe stated to be glad about the ending and lauded author J. K. Rowling for the conclusion of the story.
Radcliffe stated that the most oft repeated question he has been asked is how Harry Potter has influenced his own life, to which he regularly answers it has been "fine",[23] and that he did not feel pigeonholed by the role, but rather sees it as a huge privilege to portray the character of Harry Potter.
Some minor differences of the on-screen description of Harry and the novels' version include small things like his hair and eyes. In the novels, Harry's hair is described as being jet-black and very untidy. In the first two films, while his hair is black, it hangs down quite tidily and cleanly. The untidiness is, however, captured in the third and fourth films. In the third film, his hair is again black but also quite unkempt and untidy, sticking up in several places. In the fourth film, Harry's hair has grown considerably longer, appearing even untidier than in the previous film. In the fifth film, however, his hair is rather short and very well combed, gelled, and kempt, making it his most "un-Harry-like" hairstyle so far. In addition, another difference is his eyes, which are blue in the films but a "brilliant shade of green" in the books.

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