Olivia Harvey
Updated Mar 19, 2020 @ 1:46 pm
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Everyone calm down. Despite the rumors whirling around on Twitter, Daniel Radcliffe does not have coronavirus. Radcliffe, best known for playing Harry Potter, called into Australian radio show Smallzy’s Surgery to clear the air. He is, in fact, corona-free.

“I walked into the hair and makeup room on the play yesterday, and the makeup artist was like, ‘My niece has just texted me and told me you’ve got corona,'” Radcliffe said to the host.

The makeup artist then showed him the tweet in question—it appeared to be from a BBC News Twitter account. “It was like ‘Daniel Radcliffe becomes the first famous person to contract coronavirus,'” Radcliffe recalled.

As Radcliffe explained, the account was actually a fake, and has since been suspended from the site. “But enough people saw it,” Radcliffe explained, and it obviously went viral enough that it had fans concerned. “That is the internet,” he said.

But why Radcliffe? Why did this troll have to attack our beloved HP?

“I think it’s just because I look ill all the time, so you can believably say it about me,” Radcliffe joked. “Because I’m very pale. But, you know, flattered they chose me.”

Now that we know Radcliffe is okay, we can chuckle at these tweets without feeling too guilty.

The followup is actually almost too good:

Harry Potter jokes aside, we’re glad Radcliffe is well and is so far unscathed. We’re officially sentencing whoever wrote this article to at least two years in Azkaban. At least!

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