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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

January 31, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Daniel Radcliffe’s next act

Tonight I’m off to see Daniel Radcliffe’s first post-“Harry Potter” movie role, and his first grown-up role: He’s playing a young lawyer and recent widower in “The Woman in Black,” a period thriller based on the Susan Hill novella (which became a long-running play in London, and which I saw there many years ago and can only remember that it scared the hell out of me). No glasses, no Voldemort, no wands — just acting, maybe with the help of some spooky mists. Other than “December Boys,” an agreeable but minor film released a few years ago, Radcliffe’s done very little non-Potter screen work, and it’s hard to imagine the position he’s in: completely associated with an iconic role that he played in eight movies, in which we watched him grow up (and become an actor) on screen. Now he needs to prove that he can play somebody else, which he’s done on stage but not yet in movies — and that we can forget Harry when watching him now. Will we? I’ll let you know what I think, after tonight.
Next up for Radcliffe: He’ll play the young poet Allen Ginsberg in the 1940s drama “Kill Your Darlings,” alongside Elizabeth Olsen, filming later this year and to be released in 2013. After that, it’s a question mark for Radcliffe, who’s now 22 and recently finished a nearly yearlong run as a Broadway star in the musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” For his next project, I’d love to see him try a romantic comedy; his recent turn on “Saturday Night Live” showed charm to spare. Time will tell . . .
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Radcliffe looking very non-Potter-ish in “The Woman in Black” (photo courtesy of CBS Films)

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