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Radcliffe received a seven figure salary for the lead role, but asserted that the fee was "not that important" to him; "Radcliffe is the embodiment of every reader's imagination.It is wonderful to see a young hero who is so scholarly looking and filled with curiosity and who connects with very real emotions, from solemn intelligence and the delight of discovery to deep family longing," wrote Bob Graham of the San Francisco Chronicle.Radcliffe began to branch out to stage acting in 2007, starring in the London and New York productions of Equus for which he received immense praise from critics and audiences alike, and in the 2011 Broadway revival of the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.He has contributed to many charities, including the Demelza Hospice Care for Children, and The Trevor Project for suicide prevention among LGBTQ youth, which gave him its Hero Award in 2011, Attending school became difficult for Radcliffe after the release of the first Harry Potter film, with some fellow pupils becoming hostile, though he says it was people just trying to "have a crack at the kid that plays Harry Potter" rather than jealousy.A year later Radcliffe starred in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the second installment of the series.Reviewers were positive about the lead actors' performances but had polarised opinions on the movie as a whole.Part of his reasoning was that he already knew he wanted to act and write, and that it would be difficult to have a normal college experience."The paparazzi, they'd love it", he told Details magazine in 2007. Rowling had been searching for an unknown British actor to personify the character, and the movie's director Chris Columbus recalled thinking, "This is what I want.
Radcliffe, along with the film, Despite positive feelings about the movies, he has no interest in doing more Harry Potter films.After Rowling hinted about writing an eighth book, Radcliffe was asked if he would do another film to which he replied: "[It is] very doubtful.I think 10 years is a long time to spend with one character." Despite devoting so much time to the series, Radcliffe has asserted that he did not miss out on a childhood like other child actors: "I’ve been given a much better perspective on life by doing Potter." In 2002, he made his stage debut as a celebrity guest in a West End theatre production of The Play What I Wrote, directed by Kenneth Branagh – who also appeared with him in the second Harry Potter film.As his acting career began to consume his schedule, Radcliffe continued his education through on-set tutors.
He admitted he was not very good at school, considering it useless and finding the work "really difficult".The future of the franchise was put into question when Radcliffe and his co-leads Emma Watson and Rupert Grint hesitated signing on to continue their roles for the final two episodes; however, by March 2007, Radcliffe had signed for the final films, which put an end to weeks of press "speculation that he would be denied the role due to his involvement in Equus", in which he had performed nude on stage.