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Daniel Radcliffe to Portray Harry Potter on Big Screen

Aired August 21, 2000 - 2:55 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

MARTIN SAVIDGE, CNN ANCHOR: The big screen has found its Harry Potter. Eleven-year-old British actor Daniel Radcliffe will play the boy wizard in the movie adaptation of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone."

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: Big day for him, obviously.

ITN's Tim Willcox has more on the movie's casting call and the kids who snagged these coveted roles.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

TIM WILLCOX, ITN REPORTER (voice-over): After a worldwide hunt and thousands of auditions, news of who'd landed the part of Harry Potter was broken today on the Internet. The producers' choice: 11- year-old Dan Radcliffe, seen here flanked by the children playing Ron and Hermione.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP, "DAVID COPPERFIELD")

UNIDENTIFIED CHILD ACTOR: My next work was to view the country and seek a proper place for my habit -- habite.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

WILLCOX: Radcliffe recently played young David in a British TV adaptation of "David Copperfield," his first major role. But the phenomenal success of the "Harry Potter" books, which earned author J.K. Rowling more than 20 million pounds last year alone, will make Radcliffe an international star.

(on camera): Although the final say over who played Harry fell with the Warner Brothers director Christopher Columbus, J.K. Rowling is happy with his choice. She's met Dan Radcliffe several times, along with the children playing Ron and Hermione.

(voice-over): Dame Maggie Smith, who also starred in "David Copperfield," has been given the role of Professor McGonagall, second in command at Hogwart's School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Robbie Coltrane plays Hagrid, the friendly giant groundskeeper. The location for Hogwart's itself is Gloucester Cathedral and filming begins in October. But would-be wizards all around the world must wait until November next year to see the film, to find out if Harry Potter on the screen lives up to the character in their imaginations. Tim Willcox, ITN.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

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