Something Devastating Most People Don’t Know About Harry's Stunt Double. Wow.
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Most of us grew up watching Daniel Radcliffe run around Hogwarts as Harry Potter, one of the most beloved fictional characters every created. He was cast in the movies at the age of 11, the same age Harry is at the beginning of the series.
But what you may not know that most of Daniel's stunts were performed by his stunt double, David Holmes. Cast at the age of 19, David and Daniel aged together over the course of the first six films from 2000 to 2010.
While we remember Daniel acting in some of the more touching moments of Harry and his friends together in class, David allowed Harry to take flight, duel in Defence Against the Dark Arts classes, and fight Voldemort.
But all of that changed one day on set.
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In 2009 while working on a flying stunt for Deathly Hallows Part 1, David was thrown against a wall in a jerk back stunt made to replicate an explosion. He was immediately rushed to hospital where they found that he was paralyzed from the neck down with limited movements in his limbs. The 25-year-old actor would never be a stunt actor again.
In the coming months David and Daniel would be photographed together on-and-off set, but many of the media outlets reporting on Daniel's daily encounters didn't recognize David anymore. They wrongly assumed that Daniel was simply being generous with his time to people with disabilities. Daniel responded by saying this:
David was still credited as a stuntman for Deathly Hallows to acknowledge the hard work he had done on the film prior to his accident. Years later he started a production company, Ripple Productions, with two friends who use wheelchairs. He has also become an ambassador for the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.
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