Think of Daniel Radcliffe. Is there an expression that describes his situation or state of him always being associated with Harry Potter by many people?

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    The phenomenon is certainly related to typecasting, but it is not the same. Bela Lugosi always being cast as the villain is typecasting, but his realization "I am Dracula" is what we are looking for. Another example would be Leonard Nemoy's autobiography title "I am not Spock" or the advertisements-come-internet-meme where "captain Kirk" praises computer hardware.
    – oerkelens
    Jul 17, 2015 at 8:17
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    That's advertisements-cum-internet meme. If you're going to be fancy and use a Latin term, might as well spell it correctly. dictionary.reference.com/browse/cum Jul 17, 2015 at 8:28
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    A quick internet search of the phrase: typecasting is the process by which a particular actor becomes strongly identified with a specific character may prove interesting ... Hope that helps. Jul 17, 2015 at 10:00
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    @Father Luke - This should be an answer. It just needs a little more detail and pointers to actual quotes. Jul 17, 2015 at 11:07
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    Sometimes they say the actor will be forever known as Harry Potter.
    – Barmar
    Jul 17, 2015 at 15:04

2 Answers 2


Typecasting and Type casting are the processes by which a particular actor becomes strongly identified with a specific character.

A quick internet search for the words: type casting and typecasting

...will find substantiation. Specific links not attached due to link degeneration.

I hope that helps.

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    Rather than listing the search terms by which your particular search engine on this particular day on your particular computer with your particular browsing history happened to return results that your experience allowed you to interpret as useful, please actually post some relevant quotes (properly attributed, of course). Also, for the one link you did include, please summarize what it has to say and/or post a relevant quote, because link rot is a fact of life on the internet.
    – Marthaª
    Jul 17, 2015 at 22:13
  • You'll notice no search engine was specified, @Marthaª, nor were specific results specifically linked. Jul 17, 2015 at 22:48
  • Precisely the problem: just because you found something relevant, today, in your particular environment, doesn't mean that six months from now I won't put your search terms into my search engine and find precisely... nothing. Not to mention, even if I do get something, how do I (as someone who doesn't already know the answer) figure out whether the pages I found are truly relevant or utter balderdash?
    – Marthaª
    Jul 17, 2015 at 23:06
  • en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typecasting_(acting) This is a general reference source which supports the above answer. Not having one is a legitimate problem, and I apologize for being dismissive of it. Jul 17, 2015 at 23:37
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    I'm conflicted: the OP seems determined to misunderstand my point and still hasn't actually posted any sources, just semi-snide remarks about where to find said sources, so I would dearly love to downvote this; but typecasting is also clearly the correct answer to this question. I think I must downvote, nonetheless.
    – Marthaª
    Jul 18, 2015 at 1:49

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