Harry Potter star Radcliffe spent NYE in Detroit

Posted at 3:31 PM, Jan 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-02 00:13:50-05

Daniel Radcliffe is a Red Wings fan.

The actor of Harry Potter fame has shared that tidbit of news before, but on New Year's Eve, he took it to a new level.

Radcliffe went to the Red Wings game with his girlfriend, actress and Michigan native Erin Darke.

Detroit forward Tomas Tatar shared a photo snapped with the 26-year-old actor in the Red Wings locker room.

Tatar was part of a group of Red Wings who met Radcliffe, who kept a low profile during the game.

Gustav Nyquist shared a laugh with the Harry Potter star, and posed for a photo, laughing at the notion of being Ron Weasley next to the movies' lead actor.

Radcliffe wore a Darren Helm jersey, and talked with No. 43 after the forward played in his 400th career game.

Henrik Zetterberg and Brendan Smith spent time with Radcliffe and Darke, as well.

Radcliffe and Darke were spotted at a Bob Evan's restaurant in Michigan back in December 2014. The fervor around having Radcliffe in Michigan caused a social media flurry then, and Radcliffe noticed.

He recently told Playboy he found Michigan journalists to be sweet for the way they dealt with his visit.

"When I visited her home last Christmas, there was a media storm in Michigan. We were sitting in her dad’s living room, and the phone rang. Her dad said, 'Um, it’s the Detroit Free Press.' They were calling about a rumor that we had gone there to get married on the shores of Lake Michigan. What was great was they got his number because he’s a subscriber. [laughs] I suddenly had that moment of, Oh, my weird life is now impacting your life. I felt really bad. Wonderfully, they found it funny. I have to say, I don’t normally read articles about me, but I read all of them because they were so nice. 'He ate at a Bob Evans! He bought a T-shirt in downtown Flint!' These journalists in Michigan were so happy that I had a nice time there. Normally I deal with the British tabloids, so this was the sweetest media thing that ever happened to me."

I had my own personal interaction with Radcliffe back in 2011. After he finished his Broadway play in New York, we spent a quick moment together, but somebody else intruded the photo.

What a moment! Until I got the photo back.

So Daniel, next time you're in town, here's to running into one another. 

Welcome back to Michigan.

Brad Galli is a sports anchor and reporter at WXYZ Detroit. Follow Brad on Twitter @BradGalli or email him at