On the 8th of August 2000, a boy named Daniel Radcliffe (who had just turned 11 two weeks before) was named as the very chap who was going to play Harry Potter in the movie adaptations of J.K. Rowling's massively successful book series.
On the 21st of December 2010, a man named Daniel Radcliffe (now 21 years old) stepped off set for the last time after reshoots for the finale of Deathly Hallows - Part 2.
That's a pretty incredible 10 year journey and its one that we got to experience as well, watching Radcliffe and the rest of the young cast for a decade across 8 massive blockbusters. Together with media appearances and behind the scenes videos, this generation will always feel like they saw them literally grow up before their eyes, and into some talented older performers.
If you'd like to experience that all over again, you really have to watch Potterhood. It's a video put together by Slate which celebrates the work of Radcliffe across all that time by putting it in the same format at the trailer for Richard Linklater's Boyhood.
Which is actually pretty neat.
Ok so its not the slickest video you'll ever see (why not opt to drop out all of the random background audio?) the effect is pretty special. Having the same cast for so long certainly helped to make Harry Potter the on screen success that it was and what's even more impressive is that Redcliffe seems capable of actually having a post-Potter career.
Right now, I'm not sure we can say the same about Linklater's muse Ellar Coltrane.