Daniel Radcliffe last donned the round spectacles and lightning bolt scar in 2011, but with eight gigantic films as one of the most beloved fictional characters of all time under his belt, his faithful fans are sure to follow him wherever he goes for the rest of his career.
Radcliffe arrived at the Venice Film Festival this weekend to promote his latest film and was greeted by a throng of Harry Potter fans, which a Yahoo report yesterday said caused the festival to briefly descend into chaos. Some were more rambunctious than others: Inquisitr notes that some fans banged on the doors leading into the press conference Radcliffe was attending, but the 24-year-old laughed off the incident before continuing to talk with reporters.
"The fans of the Harry Potter films and the Harry Potter books are not just fans of films and books, they're fans of good books and good films and they go with you as they take you onto these other things," Radcliffe said. "I'm incredibly grateful to have that sort of swell of support behind me."
Radcliffe was in Venice to promote his role as Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings, which is due out in the USA on Oct. 18.
Meanwhile, this weekend is special for Potterheads across the globe due to three very important dates:
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, the first in the heptalogy, was published in the United States on Sep. 1, 1998. In honor of the series' 15th anniversary, a special set of the books with redesigned covers was unveiled by Scholastic.
- Harry's birthday is August 31. According to the character's wiki page, Harry turned 33 this year.
- Every year on Sep. 1, the scarlet Hogwarts Express whisks young wizards and witches from Platform 9 3/4 to the huge magical castle, much to the chagrin of Muggles everywhere who didn't receive their acceptance letter. Better luck next year.