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How old is Harry Potter in 2022? Your favourite wizard is now middle aged

Amber Peake August 1, 2022
How old is Harry Potter in 2022? Your favourite wizard is now middle aged
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Yesterday (31 July) marked the birthday of beloved wizard Harry Potter, but how old is the character in 2022? 

Fans saw the young wizard grow up throughout his adolescent years across both the Harry Potter novels and later, the film franchise. 

While the character is now a year older following his birthday this week, we take a look at how old Harry Potter is in 2022. 

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How old is Harry Potter in 2022?

The fictional wizard, who is loved by millions worldwide, was born on 31 July 1980. As of 2022, Harry Potter would be 42 years old meaning the once young wizard is now a middle-aged man.

The character actually shares his birthday with Harry Potter author J.K Rowling making them both Leos on the zodiac chart. 

The actor behind the beloved character Daniel Radcliffe, who is currently 33 years old, was also born in July but celebrated his birthday on the 23rd. 

While the actor and his character share the same birth month, Radcliffe is nine years younger as he was born in 1989. 

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How old was Daniel Radcliffe in the first Harry Poter film?

Daniel Radcliffe first portrayed the now globally famous character in 2001 in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. 

Filming for the movie began in September 2000 and wrapped the following March. It later premiered in November 2001. 

Radcliffe would have been 11 years old during the movie’s filming. By the time the film was released in November 2001, the actor would have celebrated his 12th birthday. 

His character Harry Potter was also 11 years old in the franchise’s first film, meaning the actor was the same age as his character during filming. 

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Radcliffe was 20 during Deathly Hallows parts 1 and 2

By the time the Harry Potter films came to an end with the release of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1 and 2, Daniel Radcliffe was in his early 20s. 

The actor grew up on-screen across the franchise’s eight films, with Deathly Hallows part 2 having been released a decade after the first film in 2011. 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and 2 were both filmed between February 2009 to June 2010. When filming began, Radcliffe would have been 19 but would have celebrated his 20th birthday during the film’s production. 

Filming wrapped a month before the actor celebrated his 21st birthday. By the time the movie hit cinemas in July 2011, Radcliffe would have been 22. 

According to Cheat Sheet, Harry Potter was 17 years old across the final two films, meaning Radcliffe was three years older in real-life off-screen. 

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Amber is an entertainment journalist with a love for anything showbiz, celeb or reality TV. After graduating with a degree in Journalism at Brunel University she became a Showbiz Reporter at Express.co.uk. Having written for both HITC and The Focus, Amber is now a staff writer for The Focus covering the latest celeb and entertainment trends.