Radcliffe donates Harry Potter specs

Daniel RadcliffeDaniel Radcliffe has donated the glasses he wore as Harry Potter in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to an exhibition commemorating the victims of the Holocaust. The Respectacles Project is creating a piece of artwork inspired by a famous WWII picture of a mountain of broken glasses, and Radcliffe is the latest British celebrity to donate specs. Liverpool Mayor Paul Clark told The Daily Star: “It is a wonderful gesture by Daniel, particularly as he will help us reach the younger generations. The glasses will form part of a symbolic piece of artwork which will help people to learn how important it is to never forget the horrors of the Holocaust. This initiative is an opportunity for people to reflect on the past and issues such as racism, prejudice, violence and bullying.”

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  1. NIKKI • January 4, 2008 @ 9:58 AM

    good for you Daniel! it’s good that you still think of charity and teaching people about the past. thank you

  2. Honest Phil • January 4, 2008 @ 10:09 AM

    “This initiative is an opportunity for people to reflect on the past and issues such as racism, prejudice, violence and bullying.”

    The Harold Potter books and films are responsible for inspiring the vicious thug mentality currently corrupting our schools. Good for Daniel for backing away from the Potter machine and trying to do something constructive; hopefully his young fans will be inspired to do the same.

  3. Angelfire • January 4, 2008 @ 11:50 AM

    Hey Honest Phil,
    First of all the books are called HARRY POTTER. and I can’t believe that you are saying that these books and films are responsible for inspiring vicious thug mentality currently corrupting the schools. These books have children reading again, and stepping away from the tv and violent video games. and if you had read any of these books you might be saying something different. Sure there is violence in the books, but they also show how people need to be responisble, and make right choices in life. These HARRY POTTER books are amazing.

  4. Brat • January 4, 2008 @ 1:13 PM

    Good God man,
    Honest Phil you are a very ignorant person. I have read all the books and so have my children and I agree with Angelfire these books teaech responsibilty, morals and ethics. Something children today are serioulsy lacking. You were probably one of those fools who were burning Harry Potter books without ever reading them.

  5. jag • January 4, 2008 @ 1:18 PM

    I totally agree with Angelfire, both as a parent and someone who read all the Harry Potter books. My kids loved all the books and were so disappointed that there would not be anymore in the series to read. There is so much worse violence on TV, in video games and other movies (even Disney movies and some of the oldest cartoons have violence). The Harry Potter series instills great values like friendship and family and finding out where your talents lie … how to succeed and stand up for what’s right and for your friends. Way to go Daniel. You don’t see any of the young actors/actresses from these films behaving the way Britney Spears, Paris Hilton or Lindsay Lohan do!!!

  6. sk8tergirl • January 4, 2008 @ 2:22 PM

    I agree with everyone here except for Honest Phil. Way to go Dan!!!!!!!

  7. ladyaurora • January 4, 2008 @ 2:58 PM

    Where on earth to you come up with the Harry Potter series inspiring youngsters to violence? Where? Please tell me? You can’t. For the most part, it’s fairly pacifistic. Yes, there is a war in it, but nowhere do you have the main characters going “hey, let’s beat the crap out of someone,” or “let’s kill em all!” You have a kid reacting in a natural, normal way to extreme stressors. Try reading it again… and maybe learn a little about psychology before you post such inanities.

    As to Daniel… good for you.

  8. Arnold • January 4, 2008 @ 4:23 PM

    Hey Phil

    I hear the books are responsible for the War in Iraq and Bush getting elected for a second term. Stop making a spectacle of yourself.

    Should be a disclaimer for people to post must be from our solar system.

  9. Anonymous • January 4, 2008 @ 9:55 PM

    I heard they were responsible for global warming – what, with all those book burnings by the fanatics out there worried about children being indoctrinated into the occult!

  10. Honest Phil • January 4, 2008 @ 10:59 PM

    “Where on earth to you come up with the Harry Potter series inspiring youngsters to violence? Where?”

    Well ladyaurora, my children have had to switch schools three times since 2001 due to repeated bullying from Harold Potter gangs. Kids shouldn’t have their educations impeded because they choose to think for themselves by bucking the latest fads, but the Potter thugs rob many youngsters of the joy of learning by making school a living hell for anyone who doesn’t share their enthusiasm for all things Potter.

  11. anonymous • January 4, 2008 @ 11:10 PM

    Honest Phil,
    I’m sorry to hear that your children have had to switch schools so many times — I agree that it is their choice to choose to read or not read a book and that they should be treated with dignity and respect regardless of what choice they make.

    I am also sad that this has tainted your views of the Harry Potter books and lead you to equate them with violence in schools. As a teacher, I have seen children start to love reading (and explore other books like CS Lewis) as a result of reading the first Harry Potter book — for me, they have been an invaluable tool for helping some students (this does not mean they are for everyone) and I am very sorry that your children have had such a terrible experience … remember, the bullying came from the other students and NOT the books.

  12. The Donald • January 4, 2008 @ 11:11 PM

    Life is about the survival of the fittest Phil, and the Harry gang my daughter runs with pretty much rule their school. That’s how Society has evolved, so bullying is only bad if you’re on the receiving end. Those who are soft aren’t going to get very high up the Trump Tower…

  13. Anonymous • January 4, 2008 @ 11:23 PM

    Don’t tell the teachers and principals – they still think they run the schools.

  14. annette • January 4, 2008 @ 11:24 PM

    My boys started reading the Harry novels in grade three, and those books inspired a love of reading in my kids that’s really quite remarkable, so much so that while many of their classmates spend all their free time playing violent videogames, my boys can be found with their noses in the latest book by Jackie Collins or Judith Krantz.

  15. Arnold • January 5, 2008 @ 12:15 AM

    Honest Phil,

    The Donald is an idiot parent. So am I for commenting without knowing all the facts.
    Bullying is the greatest train wreck kids can be involved with as either the bully or bullied.


  16. Nancy • January 5, 2008 @ 2:02 AM

    The Donald: You said that bullying is only bad if you are on the receiving end.

    Someday the damn bully will meet his/her match, and guess who’s on the receiving end then?? When I went to school….I was the bully’s match, and now, I don’t care what the teachers and principals say….I have taught my children that there is only ONE way to stop a bully….and that is to DROP the bully!!! You see, the teachers and principals and parents are not there most of the time to see what goes on. They are not there when your child walks to or from school either. We have all heard it before….the best offense is a good defence, and everyone has the right to defend themselves. Just like raising children…nip it in the bud!! Those who allow themselves to be bullied, will keep getting bullied. Teach your children self-defense!!!

  17. Anonymous • January 5, 2008 @ 3:00 AM

    The Donald is absolutely right: you get ahead or else you fall behind! The Potter Generation understand that better than most and they also know there’s strength in numbers, which explains their attraction to the thug lifestyle.

  18. Anonymous • January 5, 2008 @ 2:00 PM

    Oh my God! I don’t know where the hell you people live, but if there are children making HP gangs, then I think some poeple need to get out more.

    Hey “The Donald”
    Talk some sense into your kid would ya. And am I sensing some hostility? I’m gonna go out on a limb and guess you didn’t get very high up the Trump Tower.
    And I agree with Nancy, your daughter is going to meet her match one day and get dropped. So talk to her and teach her to respect others. And you need to get a clue.

  19. sk8tergirl • January 9, 2008 @ 7:04 PM

    Honest Phil… It is HARRY POTTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    like anonymous, I am very sorry about your kids. I am also sorry about the way you feel about the books. But trust me, they are amazing!

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