‘Harry Potter’ Star Daniel Radcliffe Reveals He Had a Secret Crush on This 1 Co-Star

Actor Daniel Radcliffe is best known for playing Harry Potter in the wildly popular film franchise based on the books by the same name. He recently revealed that he had a big crush on one of his former co-stars, and you might be surprised who it was. Here’s what Radcliffe said and how to watch the upcoming TV reunion special, Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts.

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Daniel Radcliffe revealed he had a crush on his ‘Harry Potter’ co-star Helena Bonham Carter

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe recently opened up about the crush he had on a co-star while doing an interview for the upcoming TV special, Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts.

According to Page Six, 32-year-old Radcliffe read a letter he gave to Helena Bonham Carter, who played Bellatrix Lestrange, while they were filming. Carter was also involved in the interview and got to hear Radcliffe read the admission of his crush out loud. 

“Dear HBC,” Radcliffe read to the actor, who is 23 years his senior. “It was a pleasure being your co-star and coaster in the sense that I always ended up holding your coffee.”

55-year-old Carter encouraged Radcliffe to continue reading. “You can share,” she said. Radcliffe agreed, as if overcoming embarrassment, “I can. I can share this now.”

He continued to read, “I do love you. And I just wish I had been born ten years earlier [so that] I might [have had] a chance. Lots of love and thanks for being cool.”

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Daniel Radcliffe shared that many of his formative romantic experiences happened on the set of ‘Harry Potter’

Radcliffe revealed that while he had a crush on Helena Bonham Carter, he also had many formative romantic experiences on the set of the Harry Potter movies. 

“Every part of my life is connected to ‘[Harry] Potter,’” Radcliffe said. “My first kiss is connected to someone here. My first girlfriends were here. It all spirals out from the part of set somewhere.”

Radcliffe didn’t divulge exactly whom he dated or kissed from the cast. But he did share that he and his friend and co-star Emma Watson exchanged dating advice during filming.

“If she was texting a boy or I was texting a girl, I would be like, ‘She sent me this many kisses back. What do I do? This is a nightmare,’” Radcliffe said.

How to watch ‘Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts’

The first Harry Potter movie came out in theaters on Nov. 16, 2001. On Jan. 1, 2022, a TV reunion special will air, marking the 20th anniversary of the first film’s release.

Fans can watch Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts on HBO Max. The special will come out on TBS and Cartoon Network in the spring of 2022. 

The HBO Max program will feature Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Tom Felton, and Matthew Lewis. Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Isaacs, Gary Oldman, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, Bonnie Wright, Evanna Lynch, and more will also make appearances. 

The TV special will cover all eight Harry Potter movies and include cast discussions and insights from the creators behind the scenes. 

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