According to Rowling, fleshing out this back story was a matter of reverse planning: "The basic idea [is that] Harry ... and so then I kind of worked backwards from that position to find out how that could be, that he wouldn't know what he was... When he was one year old, the most evil wizard for hundreds and hundreds of years attempted to kill him.He killed Harry's parents, and then he tried to kill Harry—he tried to curse him.... And for some mysterious reason, the curse didn't work on Harry.

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Mr Videcette, who was formerly part of the Met’s counter-terror unit, told the Standard: “I had seen [the moped thieves] with no number plates on cruising down the street, both looking at people on the pavement. “I decided to call the police and told them they needed to come and have a look.

No sooner than I was on the phone to them that I saw one of them reaching for something in his waistband.

The victim suffered a cut to the face during the incident.

Harry James Potter is the title character and protagonist of J. Thus, he attends Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to practise magic under the guidance of the kindly headmaster Albus Dumbledore and other school professors.

Mr Videcette returned to the scene to find Mr Radcliffe consoling the victim, who was a tourist in the UK for a couple of days' holiday.

Mr Videcette said: "It was a bit of the surreal moment, I said ‘you’re Daniel Radcliffe’ and he replied ‘I am'.

Two men on a moped targeted the man, stealing his Louis Vuitton bag and leaving him with a facial injury, according to witnesses.

A former police officer watched the incident unfold and tried to prevent the attack.

The majority of the books' plot covers seven years in the life of the orphan Potter, who, on his eleventh birthday, learns he is a wizard.