Monday, May 24, 2004

'Harry' gets rock-star reception

The boy wizard of Harry Potter is growing up - and so are his fans, many of whom have replaced their capes and wands with declarations of undying love.

Daniel Radcliffe appeared stunned by the enthusiastic reception he received Sunday from hundreds of shrieking fans in New York who lined up outside the U.S. premiere of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

"It's really amazing," the 14-year-old said, trembling a bit as he paused to wave at teenage girls, some holding signs saying "Marry us, Dan!"

Even singer Rob Thomas of matchbox twenty - no stranger to screaming women - was taken aback.

"When (Radcliffe) got out, I think you could actually see his hair blow back from the screams," Thomas said.

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