So, here’s why Harry Potter is bald now

As Daniel Radcliffe has grown up before our eyes since his debut in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, we’ve seen his hair change again and again. First, he sported a classic crew cut, then when Goblet of Fire came out, he joined the Weasley brothers in growing out a lax bro mop. For his upcoming movie, Victor Frankenstein, Dan wore a shoulder-length wig, and in recent months, Daniel’s been working the overgrown look again, with long locks and a full beard – kind of a casual rugged. Basically, we’re used to seeing him with hair.

Well, prepare yourself for some unexpected news. This week, Daniel shared a photo of himself on Google+ (singlehandedly trying to make Google+ a thing) with a totally shaved head. That’s right! Hairy Potter is no more.

The huge change has some fans freaked out, but Daniel’s post clarified his reasoning behind the new Mr. Clean-inspired ‘do.”Here’s the first look of me as FBI agent Nate Foster in IMPERIUM,” he wrote. “We began filming the movie this week. I’m very excited about it and will tell you more about it soon!” Other actors have done crazier things to prepare for a role (cough Anne Hathaway cough Daniel Day-Lewis), so in the grand scheme of things, this shorn style isn’t that big of a deal.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Daniel’s character in Imperium goes undercover to infiltrate a group of Neo-Nazis who are building a bomb — yeesh. Sounds light-hearted (or, you know, the opposite of that). The movie is based on the real experiences of a former FBI agent, and filming is taking place in Richmond, Virginia. East coast Gigglers, keep both eyes peeled for one hairless former boy wizard. The news of Daniel shaving his head feels a little ironic after J.K. Rowling revealed this week on Pottermore that Harry Potter’s family fortune came from his Grandpa Fleamont, who invented Sleekeazy’s Hair Potion. Guess Dan isn’t interested in being involved with the family biz. Think of it this way: we now have definitive proof that Daniel Radcliffe isn’t pulling a Professor Quirrell on us and hiding the Dark Lord under his hair. That’s good to know, right? Right?

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