Daniel Radcliffe's Harry departure

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The first part of an epic 2010/2011 fantasy film, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" follows the wizard on his mission to find and destroy Lord Voldemort's secret to immortality. Daniel Radcliffe returns as Harry Potter, and Rupert Grint and Emma Watson also reprise their roles as the wizard's best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, respectively. Aside from the main trio, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter and Alan Rickman also play central roles in the 2010 film adaptation of J. K. Rowling's "The Deathly Hallows".
October 1st, 2010

Daniel Radcliffe separated himself from Harry Potter before he finished filming.

The 21-year-old actor - who has starred in all previous six instalments of the 'Harry Potter' franchise - admits he prepared his fans for his departure from the series by working on other projects so people knew he wasn't just the boy-wizard.

Discussing his decision to work on stage show 'Equus', he said: "We knew it was important to start the process of separation while the 'Potter' films were going on rather than trying to branch out at the end and expect people to see me as something else."

However, the British star does believe he will always be associated with the character, and is "grateful" to have had the opportunity to play Harry.

He told Total Film magazine: "'Harry Potter' is responsible for every opportunity I'll get for the rest of my life and I'm going to be forever grateful.

"I may occasionally get annoyed by a drunk person in the street shouting, 'Harry!' at me in the street but on the whole it's not an issue. And it's part of my job - it's what I signed up for."

The first half of the final movies in the series, 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1' is released in November.