We almost got an Elijah Wood vs. Daniel Radcliffe fight at Fantastic Fest

It would have been a battle for the ages.

Middle-earth vs. Hogwarts. Hobbit vs. wizard. Sword vs. wand. Frodo Baggins vs. Harry Potter.


Austin’s own Elijah Wood almost entered into Fantastic Fest fisticuffs with Daniel Radcliffe at this year’s event, Wood said on his “Conan” appearance last Wednesday.

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It all started when Conan O’Brien brought up the Internet fascination with comparing Wood to Daniel Radcliffe.

He showed the above GIF, and Wood said he was surprised at the longevity of the joke, which stared when he was portraying Frodo Baggins in the “Lord of the Rigs” films at the same time as Radcliffe was playing Harry Potter, and the two would often get mistaken for one another.

“After a while, you think it hits the Internet and becomes a thing and people talk about it for a while, and you think, ‘OK, we get it,’ and the joke is over and it would die, but [the joke] has long legs…and it just keeps going,” he said.

Wood said the joke got so popular that it almost because the subject of a Fantastic Debate, where he and Radcliffe would have faced off in the boxing ring in full costume.

“For the longest time, they wanted to get him to do the fight, and it almost happened this year, but it got squashed at the last minute because I was like, ‘I don’t want to fight this guy,'” Wood explained. “I don’t want the culmination of the fact that we look alike to be us together in a boxing ring.”

O’Brien suggested that in the future, the two might duke it out through a Pay-Per-View match.

“People would go crazy!” O’Brien said.

Watch the full clip below, and keep your hopes up that “Elijah Wood vs. Daniel Radcliffe” will be a thing at next year’s Fantastic Fest.

GIF shows eerie similarities between Austin’s Elijah Wood and Daniel Radcliffe

Actor Elijah Wood attends the screening of ‘The Trust’ during the 2016 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Paramount Theatre on March 13, 2016 in Austin, Texas. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman.

Have you ever noticed the Boy Who Lived and Frodo Baggins have always looked a bit similar? Or at least, the actors who portray them do.

“Harry Potter’s” Daniel Radcliffe and Austin-resident Elijah Wood both stand under 5 feet 7 inches, have fair skin and large blue eyes. It’s not hard to see why people might get the two actors confused. But for anyone who argues they don’t see the resemblance, you might want to take a look at this GIF circulating on Reddit.

Created by someone a few days ago on Imgur, the GIF shows Wood morphing into Radcliffe, showing their rather creepy similarities. If you’re not paying close attention, you might just think it’s one of the actors changing expressions.


Not that this is the first time someone’s taken note of the pair’s resemblance. Here’s Radcliffe on “The Graham Norton Show” talking about one time a fan asked him to sign a photo of Wood.

High school principal says ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ cause brain damage

Actor Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.

Sure, “Harry Potter” books were suspiciously bewitching but one British headmaster has gone so far as to say they cause brain damage.

And it’s not just “Harry Potter” that has Graeme Whiting concerned. He’s also thrown “Lord of the Rings,” “Game of Thrones” and “The Hunger Games” under the bus. Whiting, who works at The Acorn School in the U.K., recently wrote a blog post about how he believes fantasy texts have negative effects on children. Here’s a short excerpt from the lengthy post that has gone viral:

Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, The Hunger Games, and Terry Pratchett, to mention only a few of the modern world’s ‘must-haves’, contain deeply insensitive and addictive material which I am certain encourages difficult behaviour in children; yet they can be bought without a special licence, and can damage the sensitive subconscious brains of young children, many of whom may be added to the current statistics of mentally ill young children.

Fantasy writer Samantha Shannon even wrote an article for The Guardian arguing that Whiting is wrong.

“As an author of dystopian fiction, my senses tingle when anyone – educators and politicians most of all – launch into these sorts of attacks on popular books,” she wrote.

Whether you agree with Whiting, he has some parting words for all of us: “Beware the devil in the text! Choose beauty for your young children!”