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Daniel Radcliffe Worth Almost $100 Million—and He’s Giving Back

Daniel Radcliffe, the “Harry Potter” star and heart-throb, might just have enough to buy Hogwarts, according to reports this week that he’s worth almost $100 million.

“I’m very grateful for it, because having money means you don’t have to worry about it, which is a very lovely freedom to have. It also gives me immense freedom, career-wise,” Radcliffe told The Daily Telegraph, admitting that he’s barely touched the wizardly sum of 74 million pounds, equal to about $93 million. “For all the people who’ve followed my career, I want to give them something to be interested in, rather than them just watch me make loads of money on crap films for the rest of my life.”

If most of the Radcliffe fortune sits in the bank, like the gold at Gringotts’, does the Jewish actor do tzedakah (give to charity)? He’s contributed to numerous foundations since the launch of his career, from the Trevor Project, a resource for at-risk queer youth, to Demelza House, a children’s hospice in Britain.

Radcliffe told the site Ecorazzi that he feels obligated to give back.

“I got paid so well for doing the Harry Potter films, it’s ridiculous. If somebody asked me, ‘Did you think you deserve that money?’ No, of course I didn’t… I feel almost guilty for having done so well out of Potter. But there’s a moral imperative to help others.”

Contact Daniel J. Solomon at [email protected] or on Twitter @DanielJSolomon

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