Daniel Radcliffe Was Allergic To Harry Potter’s Specs

Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter

It’s funny to think, for a story which is so ridden with talk of destiny and following the path laid down for you by your genes, that Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe may not have been born into the role that made his name.

And no greater proof of this sudden disconnect can be found than the one in the interviews on the DVD/Blu Ray release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, where it turns out that Daniel, when he first started playing the role, was allergic to Harry’s glasses.

That’s right, one of two distinguishing marks for the character, the specs and the scar, and the lead actor can’t wear them. Lucky, as JK Rowling points out in this clip, that they didn’t believe in bad omens.

Somewhere, there’s a parallel actor, small, boyish face, dark hair, in his early 20s, reading this and screaming in frustration “BUT I’M NOT ALLERGIC TO ANYTHING!”

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2. He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage. Fraser invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
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