Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe told MSN U.K. that he wants to move beyond the boy-wizard character once the movie franchise wraps up.
"Harry is brilliant, and I love playing him, but I do want to establish myself as someone other than that character," he told the site. "Equus did seem a bit of a change, and some people were expecting that I would fail, so the fact that I didn't is something I've enjoyed!" Radcliffe appeared in the stage play in London and New York to sold-out houses.
Jason Isaacs, who plays Lucius Malfoy, told the Daily Telegraph that he sees Radcliffe giving up acting entirely.
"Daniel will potentially be a great director or producer," Isaacs told the British newspaper. "He's very interested in behind-the-camera work. Remember, they have spent more hours in front of the camera in the last decade than most people have in their entire career."
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth film based on J.K. Rowling's books, opens on July 15. Two more films, based on the seventh and last book, The Deathly Hallows, are due in the next couple of years, after which Radcliffe said he'll have mixed emotions.
"Definitely," Radcliffe told MSN. "It will be very, very odd to suddenly not be coming back to Harry Potter. It does act as a safety net, in a way, when you're going off to make something else. Knowing that you don't have that will be sad. I'll be sad to leave the character behind and not see the friends I've made on a daily basis."