“There will be no one in our world who does not know his name,” Professor McGonagall says to director Dumbledore in the first chapter of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.”
So it was. The Child Magician saga not only became the best-selling book series of recent times, it also gave birth to one of the most profitable and valued film sagas by children and adults alike.
But, at the end of the film saga, the pressure and weight of fame on the actor Daniel Radcliffe was such, that it led him to the drink.
The actor spoke about his problem on the Desert Island Discs program on BBC radio.
I think, badly at first, if I went out and got drunk, I was suddenly aware that there was an interest in that because I wasn’t just a drunk guy. It was ‘Oh, Harry Potter is drunk at the bar.’
Radcliffe also commented that playing the lead role brought him “a kind of people’s interest and a slight mocking interest,” so his way of dealing with it was to drink more and get drunk more. ”
A lot of my drink during the Potter finale and for a little while after it ended, it was panic, a little bit of not knowing what to do next. It was not being comfortable enough with who he was to stay sober.
After a first attempt in 2010, the actor has managed to stay sober since 2013, being grateful to his family and friends for the support provided.