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Video: Radcliffe: 'What am I going to do now?'

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Actor Daniel Radcliffe, left, star of the Harry Potter films, greets fans during the grand opening celebration at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. He told Scoop columnist Courtney Hazlett how emotional it was to film the last scenes of the final Harry Potter movie.
By The Scoop
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updated 6/18/2010 11:30:39 AM ET 2010-06-18T15:30:39

About 10 years ago, a 9-year-old Daniel Radcliffe auditioned for the part of a boy wizard in a popular series of kids’ books. This week, Radcliffe was a part of the grand opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla.

From the inside of Honeydukes (the candy store stocked with chocolate frogs, for you muggles), Radcliffe told me about the magic of the last decade.

“It’s been kind of wild. It’s just been the most amazing sort of 10 years,” Radcliffe said. “The things I’ll remember is being on the set and filming and doing the work that I just love. It’s kind of what it’s always mainly been about. And I’ve always felt very, very lucky to have fallen into — almost by accident — a job that I absolutely love.”

It’s a job he loves, but a job he’s leaving behind. The final scenes of the last Harry Potter movie, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows II,” were filmed last week. Emotions on the set in those final days took Radcliffe by surprise. He said he was “weeping like a baby, basically.”

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“I ... we ... were very emotional. I’m not a particularly overly emotional kind of person. And so, I didn’t really expect it to be ... to cry ... as much as I did. But I was absolutely devastated at the moment, because I just thought, ‘Well, what am I gonna do now?’ You know? I don’t know what my day-to-day life is without Harry Potter,” Radcliffe said. “I’ve got to sort of find that out.”

And he is finding out by jumping into another project, unlike friend and castmate Rupert Grint, who told me he’s planning on taking some time off. Radcliffe is due on Broadway early next year for a starring turn in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”

In the meantime, he hopes to have a reminder of his Potter days. “I’m going back (to the ‘Potter’ set) for two — literally two — days, and I’m going to get the glasses. Gotta get the glasses,” he said of the iconic specs Harry wore during his days at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Radcliffe is certain to have a long acting future before him. But will that future include a day where he ceases to wake up without a little bit of Harry Potter inside?

“No. Not at all,” he said. “Every opportunity I get from now until the rest of my life is derived from the fact that when I was 10 years old, I got cast as Harry Potter. And I will be forever grateful and very proud to be associated with it.”

Did you know this about ‘Harry Potter’?
Like the world of Hogwarts itself, there’s always more to know about the actors who brought the story to life. If you watched my videos from Wednesday’s grand-opening party, you know the answer to the first question: Which cast member has never read the final “Harry Potter” book, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” and doesn’t know how the film will end?

The answer is Michael Gambon, who played Dumbledore.

“I haven’t read the ending. I only read the bits where I’m in, because (Dumbledore) wouldn’t know the ending,” Gabon said. “That’s my rationale.”

The second question: Which cast members actually tried out for different parts than the ones in which they were cast, and which parts did they audition for?

The answer: Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) and Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), who actually tried out for each other’s parts.

“It could have been that you’d be sitting here and we’d be talking about the opposite roles,” said Felton.

And even though it’s hard to imagine anyone other than Grint as Ron Weasley, Grint said there was another front-runner for the part, too. “I saw his audition tape not long ago, and he was actually quite good,” said Grint.

Courtney Hazlett delivers the Scoop Monday through Friday on today.msnbc.com. Follow Scoop on Twitter @courtneyatmsnbc.

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Photos: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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  1. The Hogwarts Express arrives in Hogsmeade Station at Universal Orlando Resort's Wizarding World of Harry Potter. As guests enter Hogsmeade, they are greeted by the iconic, smoke-billowing steam engine, made famous in the Harry Potter books and films for transporting students to a world of magic and wonder. (Kevin Kolczynski / Universal Orlando) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. As guests pass through the arch into Hogsmeade at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, they can explore the cobbled streets of the highly themed environment, and will encounter iconic locations from the Harry Potter books and films, like Ollivanders and the majestic Hogwarts castle. (Kevin Kolczynski / Universal Orlando) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Visitors stroll the streets of Hogsmeade in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando theme park. The attraction opens to general admission ticket holders on June 18. (John Raoux / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Members of the Hogwarts Choir sing for guests. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter features multiple themed attractions, shops and a restaurant. (John Raoux / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. A clerk, right, at Ollivander's Wand Shop, helps visitors pick out a magic wand. Park guests will have plenty of opportunities to shop for wands, broomstics, scarves and more. (John Raoux / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Mounted on the wall of the Hog's Head pub is the hog's head, which will come alive and puff its jowls at visitors. Adjacent to the Three Broomsticks, the Hog's Head pub is where guests can enjoy a cold Butterbeer, pumpkin juice and other beverages. (Kevin Kolczynski / Universal Orlando) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. The entrance to Hogwarts Castle is seen at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. (John Raoux / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Hogwarts Castle is seen at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Construction of the park was overseen by the production manager from the Harry Potter movies. (John Raoux / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. The office of headmaster Albus Dumbledore is intricately displayed at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. J.K. Rowling, author of the Potter books, is a stickler for details, and Universal worked hard to get her OK on the park's attractions. (Kevin Kolczynski / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Guests will pass by the regal Griffin statue on their way to Dumbledore's office. (Kevin Kolczynski / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Just like the Harry Potter films, portraits line the walls of Hogwarts castle, the home of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. When passing through the Portrait gallery, guests will encounter several magical talking portraits created exclusively for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, including the four Hogwarts founders. (Kevin Kolczynski / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. An authentic replica from the Harry Potter films, guests will pass by Hagrid's hut on their way to the Flight of the Hippogriff family-friendly roller coaster. Just before they board, Hagrid instructs guests on how to properly approach and fly on a Hippogriff. (Kevin Kolczynski / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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