Forget Daniel Radcliffe, Jack Whitehall could have been Harry Potter

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It's pretty hard to imagine anything Harry Potter related without the cute and squidgy eleven year old face of Daniel Radcliffe popping into your head. But if Jack Whitehall had done his acting practice, it could have been him casting spells and arsing about on brooms in the movies.

We're more than used to Jack making us wee ourselves with laughter when he's showing off his posh boy credentials on Fresh Meat, but this love of acting isn't a new thing in his life.

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In fact, when he was a bit younger, Jack had high hopes that he'd be the one to bring Harry Potter's scarry forehead to life. But despite auditioning, things didn't go too well and his dreams came crashing down around his ankles.

"I didn't get past the first audition," Jack told ShortList. "I had read those books and I was a big fan.

"In fact, my mum got a first-edition Harry Potter book signed by JK Rowling when [Rowling] was trying to flog it in our local church, before the series took off. It's probably worth quite a lot of money now. "

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It's a shame they didn't give consider giving him an extras role as one of the magical creatures. He's basically got a Hippogriff costume of his own already. Well, sort of.

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That didn't put Jack off though and getting right back up on that - granted about 10 years later - he decided to have a bash at getting a role in another fantasy adaptation, this time The Hobbit.

"I was the first person in the world to audition for The Hobbit. The casting director told me that when I went in," he explained.

"That's a lot of pressure, isn't it? The first person in the world. That's probably why I f**ked the audition up."

Well maybe that's the reason Jack, although we'd imagine it could also have had a little to do with the fact that he didn't know what he was auditioning to be.

Forget Daniel Radcliffe, Jack Whitehall could have been Harry Potter

"An elf, I think. No, a hobbit. One of the 'dwarfy' ones. I haven't read the book," he said.

Oh really Jack, we never would've guessed.

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