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Ipswich boy's Harry Potter audition

PUBLISHED: 23:01 12 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:49 03 March 2010

AN Ipswich boy came closer than most to the Harry Potter craze sweeping the country.

Charles Harpur, a Year Seven pupil at Ipswich School was one of the 400 boys asked to audition for the part of Harry Potter.

AN Ipswich boy came closer than most to the Harry Potter craze sweeping the country.

Charles Harpur, a Year Seven pupil at Ipswich School was one of the 400 boys asked to audition for the part of Harry Potter.

The 11-year-old said: "Everyone keeps telling me I look like him but I don't think so, except for the glasses and green eyes. But when I saw the auditions on Newsround I decided to have a go."

Charles was one of 68,000 boys who sent their details in to Warner Brothers and got the surprise of his life when he got the call to come to the auditions.

"A few months after I sent my details in I ended up going to Cecil House in London where I met Chris Columbus, the director and was auditioned. They took a picture of each of us and then he gave us a few lines to say. I had to say a line from the second Harry Potter book. He then asked if we had done any acting before and I told him I had been in school plays and was taking acting lessons," said Charles.

When Charles heard that the part had gone to Daniel Radcliffe he said there was no way he regretted going to the auditions.

"I was really glad I went to the auditions and I am still looking forward to seeing the film," he said.

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