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In Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe uses various spells to thwart Voldemort and the Death Eaters.

While filming this franchise, though, the young actor recently admitted he relied on a different kind of foreign entity: alcohol.

"I became so reliant on alcohol to enjoy stuff," Radcliffe says in the latest issue of GQ UK. "There were a few years there when I was just so enamored with the idea of living some sort of famous person's lifestyle that really isn't suited to me."

Reaching for His Wand

Radcliffe adds that he's lucky the paparazzi never caught him in a compromising, wasted position - and that he's enjoying his new, sober life.

"As much as I would love to be a person that goes to parties and has a couple of drinks and has a nice time, that doesn't work for me. I'm actually enjoying the fact I can have a relationship with my girlfriend where I'm really pleasant and I'm not f--king up totally all the time. There's no shame in enjoying the quiet life. And that's been the realization of the past few years for me."

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 - previewed HERE - hits theaters on July 15.

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We're just one week away from the start of the final chapter.

On November 19, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will hit theaters around the nation. While readers continue to watch that movie's official trailer on THG, the stars of this beloved franchise hit the red carpet this week for a premiere in London.

Franchise Stars

Said Daniel Radcliffe at the event:

“It is a very strange sensation for it to suddenly be drawing to a close... It was emotional, there was a lot of tears were shed... [but] while we will miss it, and we loved it, we are all ready to move on.”

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In the wake of a slew of tragic suicides, Ellen DeGeneres was the first celebrity to speak out on the troubling topic of teenage bullying.

But she wasn't the last.

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Daniel, Ashley and many other celebrities (watch this video now!) have an important message for teens.

“Learning about the suicide deaths of Tyler Clementi, Seth Walsh, Asher Walker, Billy Lucas and Justin Aaberg has been heartbreaking for me,” Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe said this week. “We have a responsibility to be better to each other, and accept each others’ differences regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ability, or religion and stand up for someone when they’re bullied."

Radcliffe is a major supporter of The Trevor Project, which focuses on at-risk teens.

Below, Ashley Tisdale and fellow members of the Hellcats cast also address the issue. The video is worth watching, and the topic worth doing something about.

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So much for those Olive Uniacke rumors.

Despite being romantically linked to that British party girl, the Harry Potter star tells the latest issue of Out that he's single.

"I was in a relationship with somebody for just about three years, and we broke up just shortly before we hit that mark. But [the breakup] was very amicable. At the moment, I’m just being single and running around chasing girls," Radcliffe said, laughing.

Elsewhere in the interview, Radcliffe makes it clear why he's the rare child star unaffected by his early fame. How many people his age in general would have the following, mature viewpoints on gay marriage, politics and Hollywood?

On Nick Clegg, England's the Deputy Prime Minister: I’m a very big fan. I’ve actually met him, and I have to say he’s a really, really good man. I don’t agree with everything he says, but of all the party leaders, he was the one I voted for. I thought he was a great speaker and very charismatic and very statesmanlike.

And I’m glad that he is still in a prominent position in British politics because I think he could make a great contribution. He comes from absolutely the right place in terms of what his values are.

On the growing acceptance of alternative lifestyles: I think that with every generation, people become more open to those ideas and more aware and more educated. But it’s a really, really slow process. If you take any family with parents who are bringing their kids up in a narrow-minded way that includes homophobia, it will take a very profound moment of realization to change those deep-seated views.

On recently visiting Hollywood... for the first time: People seem to have a very bizarre perception of me - that I’m a Hollywood actor. I don’t think of myself that way. And when I was out there and telling people it was pretty much my first trip, jaws just hit the floor. They were looking at me like I had two heads.

Expect to hear a lot more from Radcliffe as he continues publicity for the November 19 release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

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  • For Out Magazine

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Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe didn't celebrate his 21st birthday alone last month.

The actor was spotted out with Olive Uniacke, the stepdaughter of David Heyman, who has produced many of the Harry Potter movies.

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According to a source, speaking to London's The Daily Mail: "Olive and Dan have known each other a long time... They were close a few years ago but the relationship fizzled out then. Even so, they have always remained friends. And in the last few months they have grown closer again."

Uniacke, studied at the Gordonstoun school in Scotland, the same institution that educated Prince Charles. Moreover, this 19-year old knows how to party!

"Olive is renowned for holding some of the best house parties, really great bashes," said the insider. "She can be quite wild. She loves to drink champagne, particularly Moet, and she chain-smokes Camel cigarettes. She also loves to go nightclubbing."

This is all terrible news for Ginny Weasley, of course. How can Ron's sister's possibly compete with all that?!?

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Let's all raise a glass and toast Daniel Radcliffe today, as the Harry Potter star celebrates the most important birthday of all: 21.

With fans gearing up for the first installment of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - due in theaters on November, a trailer for which you can watch NOW - we can expect to see Radcliffe making the media rounds a lot in the next few months.

That's certainly fine by us. Like fellow British star Robert Pattinson, Radcliffe comes across as cordial, funny and relaxed in interviews. He's one unaffected child star, the anti-Lindsay Lohan of the wizardry world.

Send in your birthday wishes to Daniel today and enjoy the following photo montage in his honor:

  • Dapper Daniel
  • Harry Potter Star
  • Daniel Radcliffe Naked
  • Daniel on Broadway
  • Daniel Radcliffe Picture
  • Final Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Photo

Monica Lewinsky, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Woody Harrelson also celebrate birthdays today.

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What do you get the boy wizard that has everything?

Daniel Radcliffe turns 20 years old today, as the Harry Potter star has already received the best gift anyone could ask for: he recently (spoiler alert!) defeated Lord Voldemort and lived happily ever after with Ginny Weasley.

Despite this victory, Radcliffe could use some self-confidence. Earlier this month, he said that Robert Pattinson was much sexier than he is.

Do you agree? Send in birthday wishes to Radcliffe now and enjoy the following photo montage in his honor...

Dapper Daniel
  • Laughing in the Rain
  • Harry Potter Star

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They're both British.

They both appeared in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

And they both have wildly-anticipated films coming out.

However, Daniel Radcliffe says he and Robert Pattinson differ in one significant way: one is far more attractive than the other.

"Rob Pattinson is a sex symbol. Rob Pattinson is a genuine sexy guy. He's got the height," Radcliffe told Us Weekly at this week's NYC premiere of Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince. "If girls like short and nerdy, then I'm a sex symbol!"

  • Harry Potter Star
  • R. Patt in NYC

Be thankful you aren't a sex symbol, Daniel Radcliffe. Reportedly, the crazies come out for those that are. [Photos: Splash News, Fame Pictures]

Radcliffe added that he hasn't spoken much to Pattinson since the pair co-starred in the aforementioned 2005 Harry Potter movie. As pictured above, though, each was spotted this week in New York City.

"I've said probably three words to him in the last three years and that was before Twilight all kicked off," Radcliffe said. "But I wish him well. Hopefully, I'll see him at some point. He's bound to turn up at one of these [premieres] at some point."

Who do YOU think is sexier?

 

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In between the action of Transformers, and the screams over New Moon, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince hits theaters around the country on July 15.

The film is the sixth installment in this wildly popular franchise, and fans have been waiting awhile for it.

Originally scheduled for a December 2008 release, the movie was pushed back seven months. It's received nothing but praise from critics, however, and we're sure viewers will be quick to forgive once Harry and company appear on screen.

The cast, led by Daniel Radcliffe, endured a torrential downpour in London earlier this week for the world premiere.

But when you've battled Lord Voldemort - and/or the swine flu, as Rupert Grint recently suffered through - what's a little rain? Click on the photos below to enlarge shots of the cast at the event:

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Premiere Pic
  • Laughing in the Rain
  • Safe from the Rain
  • Red Carpet Emma
  • Grint on the Red Carpet
  • Soggy Star

[Photos: Splash News]

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The release of Star Trek? Sort of exciting.

The upcoming release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince? Life-altering, for millions and millions of young fans.

On July 15, Harry and BFFs Ron and Hermione begin their sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. In the movie, everyone's favorite wizard discovers a mysterious book that helps him learn more about Lord Voldemort’s dark past.

In case you weren't excited enough about the movie, take a look at a quartet of newly-released posters for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince:

  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Poster
  • Harry Potter Poster
  • Hermione Poster
  • Ron Weasley Poster

Click on the pics above to get a closer look at Dumbledore, Harry, Ron and Hermione!

Daniel Radcliffe Biography

Cute Daniel Radcliffe Picture Daniel Radcliffe portrays Harry Potter in all those great movies. He's also received rave reviews for his work in the play Equus. And not... More »
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