1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

IMDB Rating: 8.1/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 96%

Storyline:

Harry, Ron, and Hermione continue their mission of finding and destroying the Dark Lord’s three remaining Horcruxes, the magical items responsible for his immortality. But as the mystical Deathly Hallows are uncovered and Voldemort finds out about their mission, the most significant battle begins, and life as they know it will no longer be the same.

Why it’s a major performance:

Daniel Radcliffe’s portrayal of Harry Potter in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” is undoubtedly his most prominent and acclaimed role. This final installment of the Harry Potter series showcases the climax of Harry’s journey, and Radcliffe delivers a powerful and emotional performance, pulling off the task of carrying the weight of the movie on his shoulders, proving his worth as a leading actor.

2. The Woman in Black (2012)

IMDB Rating: 6.4/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 66%

Storyline:

A young solicitor travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals. Radcliffe stars as Arthur Kipps, a widowed lawyer, who is sent to a remote village to sort out the affairs of a recently deceased eccentric. But upon his arrival, it soon becomes clear that everyone in the town is hiding a deadly secret. Although the town’s residents try to hide it, Kipps soon finds out that the house belonging to his client is haunted by the ghost of a woman who is determined to find someone and something she lost, and that no one in the village is safe from her vengeance.

Why it’s a major performance:

This was Radcliffe’s first horror film role post-Harry Potter. With this film, Daniel Radcliffe proved his range with a mature performance in a Victorian-era gothic horror. His performance is praised for successfully shedding his Harry Potter image and establishing himself in the genre of horror-thriller.

3. Kill Your Darlings (2013)

IMDB Rating: 6.5/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 75%

Storyline:

In the backdrop of 1940s’ New York, the movie portrays the birth of the Beat Generation, which played a significant role in shaping American literature and culture. Radcliffe plays the young Allen Ginsberg, who finds his elements of life in a murder that involves his classmate Lucien Carr.

Why it’s a major performance:

Daniel Radcliffe stunned the audiences and critics with his portrayal of iconic poet Allen Ginsberg. He did total justice to his complex character shedding his ‘wizard’ image and displayed his maturation as an actor. The movie is essential, as it showcases Radcliffe’s ability to completely transform into a character far removed from his earlier performances.

4. Swiss Army Man (2016)

IMDB Rating: 7/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 71%

Storyline:

Stranded on a deserted island, Hank encounters a flatulent corpse that washes ashore. Using the cadaver to his advantage, he finds a way back to the mainland. But he slowly realizes his new friend, the corpse, is capable of extraordinary things, essentially acting as a multi-purpose tool-Q hence the title ‘Swiss Army Man’.

Why it’s a major performance:

This unconventional movie shows Radcliffe as a flatulent corpse. More than just another film, it had Radcliffe showcased his ability to perform a highly complex and out-of-the-box character in a quirky comedy-drama. His performance is equally funny and touching and is a testament to his versatility as an actor.

5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

IMDB Rating: 7.9/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 90%

Storyline:

Harry’s third year at Hogwarts starts off badly when he learns deranged killer Sirius Black has escaped from Azkaban prison and is bent on murdering the teenage wizard. This film, widely regarded as a turning point in the Harry Potter series, sees a shift in tone, becoming darker and more complex.

Why it’s a major performance:

Radcliffe’s performance in The Prisoner of Azkaban was a significant step up from the previous films, capturing Harry’s increasing maturity and the darker tone introduced in this installment. Demonstrating an increased emotional range, Radcliffe navigates the complexities of Harry’s character with great competence, delivering what is considered one of his best performances in the entire series.

6. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

IMDB Rating: 7.7/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 88%

Storyline:

As Harry Potter begins his 4th year at Hogwarts, he is unwittingly selected as an extra participant in the dangerous Triwizard Tournament. Each competitor in the violent contest is a wizard who must confront a fiery dragon, rescue friends from the icy depths of the Black Lake, and navigate the twisting turns of a vast, dangerous maze.

Why it’s a major performance:

Radcliffe’s portrayal of Harry Potter in the Goblet of Fire is one of his most crucial roles. Through this film, we see Harry forced into dangerous situations and a fight for survival against all odds. Radcliffe’s credible execution of fear, nervousness, and courage contributes to the movie’s high stakes and intensifies the narrative’s emotional weight. Critics praised Radcliffe for convincingly portraying a teenager thrust into an adult world full of danger and treachery. It stands as one of the memorable performances in the Harry Potter series.

7. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

IMDB Rating: 7.4/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 82%

Storyline:

Following the events of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”, Harry, Ron, and Hermione return to Hogwarts for their second year. Strange things are happening at Hogwarts as people are becoming petrified. Rumors spread that Harry is the one behind these incidents, as the school starts to revolve around the secret Chamber of Secrets and its revealed secrets.

Why it’s a major performance:

“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” marks an essential performance for Daniel Radcliffe. He returned with more maturity and an improved acting skill set in the second installment of the Harry Potter series. His portrayal of Harry showed the confusion and pressure of a young boy thrust in situations beyond his control, and his performance was praised for its authenticity and honesty. His acting here hinted at the depth and range he would be capable of in future roles.

8. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

IMDB Rating: 7.5/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 78%

Storyline:

With their warning about Lord Voldemort’s return scoffed at, Harry and Dumbledore are targeted by the Wizard authorities as an authoritarian bureaucrat slowly seizes power at Hogwarts. The grief-stricken, angry Harry also turns into a reluctant professor, teaching his schoolmates how to defend themselves against the Dark Arts, preparing them for the impending war.

Why it’s a major performance:

In “Order of the Phoenix,” Radcliffe takes Harry’s character through a rollercoaster of emotions – from anger and grief to leadership and rebellion. His portrayal of a troubled Harry, who was both struggling with the loss of a loved one and the enormous responsibility he has to carry, displayed his depth as an actor. The darker, complex emotions are well-dealt with by Radcliffe, proving his calibre once again.

9. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

IMDB Rating:7.6/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 83%

Storyline:

As the war looms over the magical world, Harry Potter prepares for the ultimate battle. Taught by Professor Dumbledore, Harry seeks to find Voldemort’s key to immortality – Horcruxes. Simultaneously romance blossoms at Hogwarts, while danger lies within the castle’s very walls. Unknowing of the dark path that lies before him, Harry starts his sixth year at Hogwarts.

Why it’s a major performance:

As the penultimate installment of the series – “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” required Radcliffe to portray a Harry Potter taking on more adult challenges while still dealing with the typical troubles of teenage life. He perfectly exhibits Harry’s evolution into a responsible young man and wizard, poised to take on the most dangerous Dark wizard of all time. He beautifully intertwines Harry’s burden of his impending destiny and experiences of regular adolescence.

10. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)

IMDB Rating: 7.6/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 81%

Storyline:

An abused boy, Harry Potter, discovers on his 11th birthday that he’s a wizard and was accepted to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He learns the dark truth about his past and the wizarding world, becoming the Boy Who Lived. Harry soon makes new friends and starts learning about magic, but the dark forces are already in motion.

Why it’s a major performance:

The first film in the Harry Potter series where Radcliffe makes his on-screen debut, becoming the face of J.K. Rowling’s beloved character, Harry Potter. His incredible portrayal of the young, innocent child thrown into the magical world was nothing short of enchanting. He embodied the character perfectly and set the bar high for the rest of his performances in the series, showing maturity and skill beyond his years.