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The Boy Who Lived

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781399738811

Price: £22

ON SALE: 14th November 2024

Genre: Biography & True Stories / Memoirs

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As Harry Potter’s stunt double, David Holmes’s amazing gymnastic skills saw him earn onscreen immortality. He was the first-ever person to play Quidditch on a broomstick; he dodged dragon’s fire and dove deep into the Great Lake, without any gillyweed to protect him.

Life on set was an adventure. He and Daniel Radcliffe became like brothers, and the cast and crew a second family. Then tragedy struck. During the making of Deathly Hallows Part 1 a stunt went badly wrong and David’s spinal cord snapped. He was only 25 and would never walk again.

Sixteen years later, the pain can still be excruciating, his muscles are wasting, and he requires round-the-clock care. His future may seem bleak, but David has accepted his new reality, with all the different possibilities, purposes and powerful human connections that have come with it. This candid and inspiring story shares his life before and after, showing us the importance of making the most of every day, and the good that can come out of even the worst of circumstances.