Read about Harry Potter's Hidden Disability
posted on Aug 18, 2008
You would never quess from the way he plays the part of Quidditch, but Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has revealed he has dyspraxia. This is often associated with clumsiness. The condition results the 19 year-old having trouble tying his shoelaces.
Daniel revealed he became an actor partly due his dyspraxia which meant he was not very successful at school. The common neurological problem impairs the organisation of movement and often has no obvious cause.
Dyspraxia can affect any or even all areas of development, including intellectual, language and physical and and can impair the normal process of learning. Up to ten% of people in the UK show signs of dyspraxia with about 2% severely affected. Males are 4 times more likely to be affected than females.
It is understood Daniel’s dyspraxia the mild type but in severe cases it can make it difficult to walk up and down stairs or run, hop, jump or kick a ball. Daniel announced how he wanted to be an actor from the age of 5 but revealed: ‘My mother said, “Oh no you don’t.”’ She finally allowed him to audition to play David Copperfield, in the Dickens classic when he was 9, he says it was because she could see I needed a confidence boost. ‘I was having a hard time at school in terms of being c**p at everything, with no discernible talent,’ he says. David Copperfield was his first big break and since his firstl appearance as Harry Potter, in the year 2000, he has earned a fortune estimated at £17million. Daniel has not disclosed when he was diagnosed with dyspraxia or whether doctors ever found the cause.
In the final movie in the Potter series, Deathly Hallows, the first part of he reportedly performed a stunt scene when his double didn' turn up. He was pulled from a burning building by a wire attached to a 100ft crane. A leading authority on dyspraxia, neurologist Dr David Younger of the New York University Medical School, said last night: ‘I’m a big fan of the whole Harry Potter series and I am surprised Daniel Radcliffe suffers from dyspraxia.‘He clearly suffers from a mild form, but the fact he shows no sign of it at all is a great tribute to his acting skills and makes him a role model for other people with this condition.’