Daniel Radcliffe Struggled Not To Masturbate On ‘Harry Potter’ Set

Daniel Radcliffe has admitted that it took all of his strength and will power not to masturbate on the set of the Harry Potter films.

The 26-year-old actor made this admission during a very candid interview that he conducted with Playboy magazine, via the Mirror, who asked the actor whether he was a normal “teenage boy” and if he ever masturbated on set.

This led Daniel Radcliffe to explain, “I was like every other teenager in that sense. My favorite line about masturbation is Louis C.K.’s, something like, ‘I found out about it when I was 11, and I didn’t skip a day. I think I started very early – before my teens.”

That comment would suggest that Daniel Radcliffe was constantly pleasuring himself on the set of Harry Potter. However, the actor then made sure to make it clear that was far from the case, as he insisted, “But not when I was on set.”

Radcliffe then joked, “I wasn’t going, ‘When is Alan Rickman [Professor Snape] going to nail this scene so I can run back to my trailer?'”

Radcliffe then decided to reference another Louis CK quote, which he insisted was a constant deterrent for why he didn’t masturbate while working as the world’s most famous wizard.

“There’s another feeling, again perfectly described by Louis C.K.: that fear just after you’ve jerked off that everyone knows what you did,” he declared. “It would have been embarrassing to walk back on set and look the dignitaries of British acting royalty in the eye, knowing what I’d been doing.”


Daniel Radcliffe was just 11 years old when he was originally cast as Harry Potter, and he went on to play the character for eight films all the way up until when he was 21 years old.

The actor believes that he made huge strides with his performances as the franchise got older, all the way up until Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince that is, when he believes that he took a step back.

Continuing in his chat with Playboy, via Entertainment Weekly, Radcliffe explained, “In every movie up to the sixth one, you can see a big step forward in my acting. And then it stopped, or went backward maybe, in the sixth film. I really enjoyed my performance in the fifth — part of it was how much I worked with people like Gary Oldman and David Thewlis. On the sixth, I remember watching it and thinking, Wow, there’s been no growth.”

Radcliffe added, “You’re watching a mistake you made every day for 11 months — that’s the way I saw it. I had the idea that Harry was like a soldier traumatized by war, and as a result of that, he shuts down emotionally. That’s not a bad idea, but it’s not the most interesting thing to watch for two and a half hours.”

In an attempt to prove his acting mettle away from the hugely popular franchise, which ultimately went on to gross $7.7 billion in its cinematic run, Daniel Radcliffe soon turned to more serious and dramatic characters, including the leading role in Equus.

For this part he was required to spend around 10 minutes on stage completely naked, and during the same interview with Playboy the actor admitted that he didn’t do any “fluffing” to enhance his manhood, insisting that there simply wasn’t time to do that.

“There was no opportunity for fluffing,” Daniel Radcliffe explained. “I was on stage for the entire show, and I ran around naked for 10 minutes in a scene that’s about sexual failure and horse blinding.”

As you can probably imagine, Radcliffe, who was just 17 years old at the time he appeared in Equus, was rather petrified about the fact that he had to appear naked in the play.

“I was s***-scared and 17 when I did Equus, which is the age when you’re most self-conscious,” Radcliffe explained. “And I was very aware that a certain percentage of that audience was coming to look at my d*** every night. Looking back, that was mental. I have a lot of respect for myself for having the balls to do it, so to speak.”

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