'Harry Potter' Fans Feel Old as Daniel Radcliffe Turns 30

Harry Potter fans might be feeling their age Tuesday since Daniel Radcliffe, the actor who brought J.K. Rowling's famous character to life, turned 30. The actor was 11 years old when he first played the iconic role in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone back in 2001, which is nearly two decades ago.

The realization that the film came out nearly 20 years ago shocked some fans, who took to Twitter to share their surprise. Some marked Radcliffe's birthday by sharing touching thank you notes, but most people noted how the news really made them feel old.

Radcliffe loved playing the role. "There was never a point where I was like, oh I wish this hadn't happened to me, I wish I wasn't Harry Potter," he said in February.

But it wasn't always easy, leading the star to struggle with alcohol to deal with the fame. "The quickest way to forget about the fact that you were being watched was to get very drunk," Radcliffe said. "Then as you get very drunk, you become aware, 'Oh, people are watching more now because now I'm getting very drunk, so I should probably drink more to ignore that more.'"

While Radcliffe is most well known for his lead role in the Harry Potter franchise, he has also appeared in many films and plays since the series ended. He appeared in heist film Now You See Me 2 which he starred in alongside Mark Ruffalo, and Morgan Freeman. Some of his other on-screen hits include thriller The Woman in Black and Swiss Army Man.

He also made his Broadway debut in the 2007 version of the play Equus. He also sang and danced in the Grammy-nominated musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

Now at 30, Radcliffe was the first guest to feature on the new series of BBC One's ancestry show on July 22, Who Do You Think You Are?, where he made an emotional discovery as he delves into his family's history during the show.

And don't get too comfortable with Radcliffe's age, the real Harry Potter's birthday, July 31, is right around the corner—and he's older than the actor who helped bring his story to life.

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On August 21, 2000, Warner Bros. Pictures announced the casting of Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint in the three central roles in the film adaptation of the "Harry Potter" book series. Warner Bros./Newsmakers
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