Daniel Radcliffe: 'I Considered Quitting Potter'
Star reveals he almost walked out after third movie as boy wizard...
The actor, now 24, has told The Guardian that he was ready to hang up his magic wand after the third movie in the series - The Prisoner of Azkaban.
He said: "By the third film, I thought, if there's a time to get out, it's now; there's still enough time for another actor to come in and establish himself.
"For a while I thought, if I do all of them, will I be able to move on to other stuff or should I start doing other stuff now?"
Still aged just 14 at the time, he recalls deciding to stick with the highly paid role because he would have missed his castmates.
"And actually there aren't many great parts out there for teenage boys, certainly not as good as Harry Potter," he continued.
He also stressed that he was not seeking to forget the franchise.
"I know that Potter is going to be with me for the rest of my life, so to try to set a goal where nobody talks about that anymore is stupid.
"It would be like… Paul McCartney might have gone on to do a lot of other things, but people are always going to want to talk about The Beatles.
"It's just a fact of your life, so you can't get annoyed by it or resent it.
"You have to embrace the fact that you were involved in this incredibly cool thing that did wonders for the British film industry and though you might not always be happy with the work you did on it, the opportunity it has given you to forge a career for yourself is amazing."