Yep, the actor who plays the world’s most famous sex symbol turns 18 today. Along with all the other lovely things that happen at that most wonderful of ages (I should know!), Daniel today gains legal access to his own £20 million ($41.1 million) fortune.
Happy, happy birthday indeed! How come none of you all gave me £20 million for my 18th? Cheapskates, the lot of you! 🙂
Daniel has discussed his birthday a bit with the media, and as quoted by CNN in the article linked above, he had this to say:
“I don’t plan to be one of those people who, as soon as they turn 18, suddenly buy themselves a massive sports car collection or something similar,” he told an Australian interviewer earlier this month. “I don’t think I’ll be particularly extravagant.
“The things I like buying are things that cost about 10 pounds — books and CDs and DVDs.”
“I’ll definitely have some sort of party,” he said in an interview. “Hopefully none of you will be reading about it.”
Meanwhile, CNN is also reporting that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is smashing all-time sales records with reckless abandon.
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” the seventh and final volume of J.K. Rowling’s all-conquering fantasy series, sold a mountainous 8.3 million copies in its first 24 hours on sale in the United States, according to Scholastic Inc.
The book sold 2.6 million copies in Britain in its first 24 hours, according to Nielsen BookScan.
No other book, not even any of the six previous Potters, has been so desired, so quickly. “Deathly Hallows” averaged more than 300,000 copies in sales per hour — more than 5,000 a minute — in the United States. The $34.99 book, even allowing for discounts, generated far more revenue than the opening weekend of the latest Potter movie, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” which came out July 10.
“The excitement, anticipation, and just plain hysteria that came over the entire country this weekend was a bit like the Beatles’ first visit to the U.S.,” Scholastic president Lisa Holton said in a statement Sunday.
Earlier Sunday, Borders Group Inc. reported that “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” sold 1.2 million copies worldwide in its first day, the biggest single-day number ever for the superstore chain. According to Borders, the previous Potter, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” sold 850,000 copies on its first day of release in 2005.
Both Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble announced that pre-orders exceeded 1 million. In a truly Beatles-esque moment, seven of the top best sellers on Amazon were Potter-related Sunday, including the audio CD of “Deathly Hallows” and a box set of all seven Potters coming out in September.
Happy, happy birthday Daniel Radcliffe.