Why I <3 Daniel Radcliffe


No, I’m not a crazed Harry Potter fan. In fact I’ve only made it through one and a half of the books (I got bored honestly). I do plan on going back at some point because I’ve heard bits and pieces of some of the material that didn’t make it into the movies and I find some of the class politics of the magical world interesting. The movies were really fun fantasy epics that I appreciate and that is as far as my Potter-fandom goes.

My Radcliffe-fandom however has only increased since the last movie wrapped.

Over the past year or so, articles have been flying around the interwebs about quotes and interviews where Radcliffe has been open about his atheism. This has been especially useful when I speak to people about humanism and can now add to my famous non-theists a younger person who almost everyone can recognize. Sorry to the many great intellectuals and famous folks that are non-theists, but while Sam Harris is quite dashing, people don’t look at his photo and recognize him as one of the favorite characters of their childhood (or adulthood for the older fans).

So Radcliffe is an atheist and that is neat (and useful for talks) but what REALLY has me using less-than-three emoticons around his name is his charity work, specifically the Trevor Project, but the broader story here is that atheists, humanists, and non-theists do good work. We are motivated to help those in need not based on heavenly reward but from a deep impulse to help fellow human beings, or as I like to say, we are motivated not from without, but from within.

 

And if you <3 Daniel as much as I do, you will probably <3 <3 <3 the Humanist Graduate Community at Harvard (HGCH), which, for its third annual Spring Break Service Trip, will travel to LA to work with the Trevor Project (http://www.thetrevorproject.org/) and other groups that support LGBT youth in crisis.

About Kevin Watson

Kevin Watson is a humanist & atheist, gay, and more than a bit geeky. He has worked within the nonprofit community most of his adult life. His work has focused around marketing and public relations with an emphasis on online outreach strategies. He is a member of the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis and a candidate of class 17 of the Humanist Institute. His primary focus has been on how community can be facilitated and expanded with technology. Kevin enjoys knitting, jogging, and avoiding Minnesota’s weather. He loves forcing his partner to watch movies from the 1980’s, penguins, and reading any book he can find (lately those related to theology or philosophy).

2 comments on “Why I <3 Daniel Radcliffe

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  2. The release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (released as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the United States) took place in 2001. The story follows Harry, a young boy who learns he is a wizard and is sent to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to begin his education; gaining the help of friends Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) along the way. Radcliffe received a seven figure salary for the lead role, but asserted that the fee was “not that important” to him;*”

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