6. “I Lost My Virginity to an Older Woman”
This one happened in 2008, right around the same time that images of Emma Watson drinking a Corona surfaced and people started realizing that Matthew Lewis had suddenly gotten hot. Daniel was 19 when he revealed in an interview with Details magazine that he had lost his virginity at 16 (the legal age of adulthood in Britain), and to an older woman at that. Gasp! Scandal!… Only not so much, because he chose not to make a big deal out of it. It’s hard enough growing up under the constant scrutiny of the public, so good for him for keeping a level head.
7. The Simpsons
If having your hand prints plastered in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater is how you know you’ve made it in high-brow Hollywood, then making a guest appearance on The Simpsons is how you know you’ve made it in low-brow popular culture. Hilariously, Dan voiced “Edmund” in the parody of Twilight that made up part of 2010’s Halloween episode. Take that, Robert Pattinson!
8. How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
After he wrapped shooting on the final Harry Potter installment, Dan took another theatrical gamble, starring as J. Pierrepont Finch in the current Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. The verdict? Sure, he can carry a tune just fine, but what really surprised everyone was his dancing. Little did we know that the Boy Who Lived is actually quite the twinkletoes! Though he was snubbed at the Tony Awards, he earned nominations for Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle awards. And he sure looked like he was having a blast doing it!
9. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
With the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 on July 15, 2011, audiences across the globe witnessed the end of an era. Though admittedly most of us could have done without the slightly goofy epilogue, for the most part, the series ended with an appropriate bang, allowing Daniel and his cast mates to make a graceful exit. Indeed, both parts of Deathly Hallows were the best pieces of filmmaking to have come out of the series in a long time, and Daniel’s performance was his best yet. Thanks for the good times, Harry. We’ll miss you.
10. Life After Potter: The Woman in Black
While some might have taken a little time off after finishing such a mammoth undertaking as the Harry Potter series, Daniel wasted no time lining up his post-Potter career. His next project? A film adaptation of Susan Hill’s novel The Woman in Black. Dan began shooting The Woman in Black in September of 2010; it’s due for release in February of 2012. Daniel isn’t a kid anymore, so appropriately, he plays a lawyer and young father tasked with settling the legal affairs of a recently deceased woman—and who suddenly finds himself in a ghost story because of it. Spooky.
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.