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“Harry Potter Writes Crappy Poems Under Jewish Pen Name”

July 15, 2009

Four poems written by Danielle Radcliffe when he was 17 were published under the pen name “Jacob Gershon” in Rubbish magazine.  The poems are about infidelity, Pop Idol, affairs with prostitutes and junkie rock star Pete Doherty.

from Rubbish magazine’s blog:

Rubbish is excited to let you in on a very poetic and top secret secret we have been keeping in the muggle world. Last week a certain young actor, whose wizard roles have bewitched the public since 2001, revealed himself as none other than RUBBISH’s very own dynamic young poet, Jacob Gershon.

We are immensely proud to reveal that RUBBISH Magazine has indeed published the debut works of the talented young poet Jacob Gershon, who just so happens to be the pen name for Daniel Radcliffe.

RUBBISH celebrates creativity in all its weird and wonderful forms and this includes poetry and the written word. So when Jenny Dyson, Editor and Creative Director of RUBBISH Magazine, discovered the secret passion Dan held for poetry she selected four works for publication.

Dan’s one request was that his identity be kept secret, hence the birth of Jacob Gershon. This pen name originates from Jacob, which is Dan’s middle name and Gershon, the Jewish version of Gresham, his mother’s anglicised maiden name. The idea of publishing four works for their own merit appealed to Rubbish greatly, especially as each of Dan’s poems hold unique charm and demonstrate an exemplary grasp on metre and rhyme.

“The transitory years between childhood and adulthood hold a special type of awareness for a seventeen year old poet. The sensibility of that particular age in a writer or artist shares equal measures of knowingness and innocence unique to the teenage years. Dan’s conjure up the zeitgeist, touching on celebrity, fame and relationships in a knowing, playful way. Poetry has the ability to vividly evoke the essence of the era it is born into. Jacob Gershon’s poetry will capture this time for future generations.”

– Jenny Dyson A.K.A. Mrs Rubbish.

‘I don’t think I’d have the stamina, skill or ability to write a novel, but I’d love to write short stories and poetry, because those are my two passions. There is an art to a short story. . . I love Raymond Carver, and Chekhov  –  without making myself sound more highbrow than I am! When I don’t write in form and metre, I become unbearably self-indulgent. It’s what Robert Frost said: free verse is like playing tennis with the net down.’

-Danielle Radcliffe tells the Daily Mail

-quote from Heeb magazine

56 Comments leave one →
  1. July 15, 2009 8:40 pm

    oh dear

  2. Fake Name permalink
    July 19, 2009 8:54 pm

    Well that wasn’t great!

  3. July 21, 2009 4:51 pm

    Well, the rimes are quite obvious, but it’s not terrible. The end was great, as some “I’m calmly explaining the whole thing”, as the beggining is like “I don’t give a damn”.
    I liked it… Really did.

  4. July 21, 2009 4:51 pm


  5. July 30, 2009 1:16 pm

    Fun read..shows another side of Dan
    Interesting portrayal of a wayward soul 😛

  6. October 2, 2009 11:06 am

    haha. I’d fancy myself a connoisseur of poetry and although that wasn’t the BEST I’ve read, it gives of a “aw, that’s so cute” kind of feel. but it does not really suit Dan, I wonder where he got the inspiration to write this. It is intriguing. The end was a bit frustrating, If this was a story, I’d want to see the second book to find out what happens! It is actually a good-read. And whichever IDIOT said that this was crappy? Please, go die, perish in a fire. *smile*

  7. November 15, 2009 9:02 pm

    wow, I learned something new today LOL.

  8. William Cadwallader permalink
    November 16, 2009 6:04 am

    Just wow.. I like his adultery poem. It is awesome. You got my respect, Radcliffe! =D

  9. Myu permalink
    December 24, 2009 8:28 pm

    I grew up liking Dan along with a bunch of other celebrities, and sometimes I’ll hear something completely scandalous about a celebrity I idolize and just think “That jerk!” This is one of those times, but it’s happened before, like when Dan posed naked for a photoshoot.

    The poem in itself is rather catchy and quite comical, but when it all boils down to the meaning of it, it leaves me questioning its author…and just going “What in God’s sake were you thinking?”

  10. emilia permalink
    December 26, 2009 6:49 am

    maybe daniel radcliffe you should keep yourself in the place of the child or the wife and think wat if this happened to you?wat if someday the wife and child found out about this?IT IS A HORRIBLE FEELING…………..

  11. Chelsea permalink
    December 27, 2009 3:43 pm

    wow. that was some amazing poetry. the dumb broads that have commented before me don’t understand what it’s like to put yourself in another’s shoes and express whatever you feel. Have they ever even tried to think from another’s perspective? It’s not criticism that young Mr. Gershon needs, it’s encouragement. He’s a brilliant poet.

    • emilia permalink
      December 29, 2009 10:26 am

      maybe you should try and understand thet u should not hurt another persons feeling for your enjoyment.TRY AND BE A HUMAN, if you dont concern yourself with the feeling of ppl related to you THEN YOU DONT QUALIFY TO BE A HUMAN BEING…………….. 🙂

      • Dameon permalink
        January 16, 2011 3:50 am

        Um, Emilia, you do realize that Daniel’s poem is satire, right? You do understand what satire is, don’t you? He disapproves just as much as you do.

      • emilia permalink
        January 28, 2011 5:37 am

        ya i understan that but he is in an influential possition his intentions may be good but this filthy world may draw different conclusions
        all i can say his when a person reads his poem they may think that” hey the guy in the poem never got caught maybe even i wont”…………
        and i’ll tell u one thing the pain it causes is the worst feeling in the world and it leaves a very deep scar sometimes it makes u loose ur fait and trust
        u will not be able to trust anyone else ur entire life…………………………….

      • saheli permalink
        July 10, 2011 2:45 pm

        oh dear, you are behaving in such a naive way. when he writes he is not that ‘influential actor’ but a mere poet who expresses his disapproval.. !!

  12. Kelsey permalink
    February 11, 2010 12:09 am

    This poem isn’t written as himself, it was supposed what he thought Pete Doherty lived like. Why he picked him i haven’t a clue.

  13. Kathleen permalink
    March 15, 2010 8:38 am

    This is one of those time’s where I just have to stare at the screen. Why does everyone always criticise someone when they are trying something different or trying to break out of their shell. I read the poem and thought there are men out there who actually do this and get away with it. Its them you should be criticising not the person who has braught your attention to what they are doing and yes I actually liked the poem. Its different and I understand how hard it is to be an artist … Of sorts.

    • Ziarre permalink
      July 15, 2010 12:02 am

      i agree with you. people should be so hard on other who are simply trying new things. we all do that sometimes but we don’t get treated that way becasue we aren’t famous. just becasue it’s new to us we shouldnt treat him the way people do. have you ever thought that was why he used ‘Jacob Gershon’ to keep people from finding out?
      Heart to Heart,

    • ThesisMoirae permalink
      August 23, 2011 12:46 pm

      You speak well 😉 Sadly, some people will just ignore this logical, intelligent comment and will just keep on trolling and hurting people’s fellings.

  14. Prine permalink
    April 15, 2010 1:09 pm

    this was a very repulsive, disgusting and disturbing piece of poetry. the way it’s written and the choice of words and rhymes is cool at some points, but what else would you learn from this poem other than ADULTERY IS FUCKING OK!!!!!!!!!!!?????????????
    what the hell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i mean, i grew up watching the harry potter series and idolized dan rad, but i mean, he’s in a position that would influence people. what the hell was he thinking when he wrote this piece of shit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    • Ziarre permalink
      July 14, 2010 12:06 am

      dont be so rude!

    • emilia permalink
      July 16, 2010 7:30 pm

      i toally agree
      it is better to write something pleasent that to write this kind of shit

      • ThesisMoirae permalink
        August 23, 2011 12:43 pm

        Then shut up. Coz that comment wasn’t pleasant and it’s full of bullshit. Go back to reading the lil mermaid or somin.

    • ash permalink
      September 1, 2010 8:47 am

      It’s not supposed to be a happy go-lucky poem, and it’s not condoning adultery at all – if anything, the opposite – The whole point is that the poem is written from the perspective of an adulterer, and it exposes all the horrid things that sort of person would think. No real adulterer would say ‘without a hint of remorse’ in true life (that would be admitting to have something to be remorseful for). The author is displaying what an abhorrent thing adultery is, you can tell by the way it’s written that the author takes a negative view of the adulterer by the way he describes him as thinking his wife a ‘stupid bitch’ and thinking he can get away with it because of his large pay cheque.

      • Beatrix permalink
        December 10, 2010 10:09 am

        Dan is just writing as a character!It’s not totally him!He’s just expressing what he feels inside!And he’s kind of teaching a lesson here!He’s not influencing anybody to be a sexist or something.He’s just trying to show he’s perspective!Don’t be so rude but if you think you can write a better poem than this poem written by Dan that you call a shit then why don’t you write one!

  15. Angela permalink
    April 20, 2010 10:46 am

    For those who hate this because of the adultery theme, suck it up. He didn’t write this from his point of view. It’s from the point of view of every man that has ever done or are doing this to their family. His choice of words were meant to make it sound wrong because it IS wrong. You’re looking at this from a perspective where you think he’s PROMOTING adultery when he’s not. If he were promoting it, he would have used terms that would make the whole thing sound brilliant.

    Also, he’s only being realistic, because admit it or not, there are countless men who do this kind of stuff in present time and Daniel “Jacob Gershon” Radcliffe is only helping us become aware of that, unless you’d rather remain blissfully ignorant whilst your significant other is screwing some random prostitute.

  16. ZIarre permalink
    July 14, 2010 12:05 am

    Leave the poor man alone. (Not literally poor) Just let him do what he loves. I know I do. I write all the time. Everyone has good and bad poems or stories. It doesnt matter as long as the author, in the case Dan, likes what he does.
    Heart to Heart,

    • Beatrix permalink
      December 10, 2010 10:13 am

      You’re absolutely right!No one should judge somebody’s work that way!!He’s just simply doing what he wants/loves to do!Like me,I write short stories and,somehow,poems!Writing is a form of art and there is no right or wrong ’cause it’s a way of expressing somebody’s feeling,like what Dan did.

  17. chakenzia permalink
    July 21, 2010 5:06 am

    Those who criticized Daniel were just envious of him! He’s a very talented person. That’s the reason why he kept his real identity because that’s his other side of a person.

  18. Shanee K. permalink
    August 4, 2010 2:08 pm

    I never in a million years would have thought Dan would actualy think of or write something like this! But, he’s human, just like the rest of us. I hate the POV of the cheating husband because it’s so cruel, but Dan really goes in depth of how another person might think, and the wording and rhymes are fantastic! I give this poem 4 out of 5 stars! It’s a pretty good poem!

  19. Danfansgroup permalink
    October 10, 2010 4:33 pm

    actually daniel just want to show those kind of men that seee this is whatyou are.. your wife believe on you.and you are a horrible person..cheeting on her

  20. jAcQ permalink
    October 22, 2010 12:30 pm

    Why are you criticizing him? IT’S A POEM. And let’s face it. IT IS REALLY HAPPENING IN REAL LIFE. A lot of husbands are doing it and they don’t give a damn what their family thinks or feels. HELLO! REALITY CHECK?… It wasn’t his fault that he understood that kind of situation or character at least he gives us a clear view of what was really going on even if some of us are really BLIND or HYPOCRITE to admit it. Though i don’t quite agree with some of the words but honestly they’re true.

    Way to go Dan!

    • CMH permalink
      August 14, 2011 12:43 pm

      hypocrite is a noun, not an adjective. I think you mean “hypocritical”

  21. suseth joy arguelles permalink
    November 18, 2010 7:24 am

    i hope Jacob’s passion never last because it has potential…..i wish also to have the opportunity to have some time with him because i, myself, love to write poems and novels which i would be glad to share with him

  22. Maddie permalink
    November 21, 2010 9:29 pm

    First of all, that is NOT Daniel Radcliffe.
    Second, it’s not crappy.
    Third, you are crappy for making this up.
    Fourth, by the way, you are calling yourself crappy because you made up the stupid poem!
    Five, it’s not really funny. :/

  23. Varada permalink
    January 8, 2011 8:58 am

    This is great!!!!!!!!!!!! I liked the style of the poem very much..! I think it’s very common in today’s it’s symbolic of today’s world!

    • Miranda L. permalink
      June 22, 2011 12:25 am

      It does truly symbolize scenarios that are occurring in the world today, and shows how the cheater thinks.

      • August 14, 2011 12:41 pm

        this isn’t symbolism. symbolism makes you look past what is SHOWN to you to think about what it really means in different contet.
        EX: the use of dogs in Renaissance paintings that focused on women symbolized the fertility of the woman and a good home life.

        This was a few rhyming lines on something that happens often in today’s society. not much else is to be said about it considering its a method is a narrative basically.

        I love Daniel Radcliffe too; don’t get me wrong. But just because he’s Harry Potter and we loved him in those doesn’t mean that we have to idolize everything he does just because he’s HIM. This isn’t that great, and I don’t think we should pretend otherwise.

  24. Kelly permalink
    February 8, 2011 1:07 am

    That was just poorly written poetry. I enjoy reading poetry but this was very one demensional, predictable, and boring. Just because he used a word like “quixotic” means he’s meant for this sort of thing. He should stick with acting. He’s pretty decent at that. Much better than I would ever do. My expertise is writing.

  25. February 11, 2011 9:49 am

    i am thinking of righting a book of potery Dan Doherty

  26. Susan permalink
    March 13, 2011 6:56 pm

    It’s a poem, people, not a news report. Frankly, I got bored.

    @Emilia – Art is often in the eye of the beholder – don’t read any more. Just because he was Harry Potter, he doesn’t owe us all a perpetually squeaky-clean image. Were you offended that he appeared nude in Equus? Get over it.

  27. Abi permalink
    March 15, 2011 7:56 pm

    I personaly don’t understand much about poetry, but for the words he used and the things you guys explained above he does show his dislike of men who do this in real life and who don’t care about hurting their families…..

    I also grew up with the Harry Potter movies, Dan is such a wonderful person and actor; and this poem shows his other side…. his human side…. the man who feels…. and the man who loves to do this type of thin.
    I wasn’t disappointed at all when I first read this poem by JACOB….!!!!!

    I LOVE IT!

  28. Abi permalink
    March 15, 2011 8:00 pm

    We are no one to criticize other people’s actions just as we wouldn’t like our actions or ourselves to be criticized by others…… 🙂

  29. Abi permalink
    March 15, 2011 8:02 pm

    * thing *

  30. March 17, 2011 1:55 pm

    “And leaving her and Robert distraught” i know that robert in this poem is his son but i immediatly thought of robert pattinson.but i think that the poem is weird a little bit and i didn’t get the point of it but good job dan

  31. SfSf permalink
    May 21, 2011 10:15 am

    Dear readers, this is poetry. it doesn’t necessarily have to be about beautiful things in the world. And to be honest, this poem was really good. and to prove it, IT AFFECTED YOU! you totally hated “Jacob” for no reason! he’s just trying to show us how horrible it sounds so we won’t do it!!
    Keep It Up, Dan 🙂

  32. June 18, 2011 9:59 am

    i dont give a shit what he writes, i love him and always will no matter what ! he’s my hero forever ❤

  33. Miranda L. permalink
    June 22, 2011 12:23 am

    It’s not THAT bad actually, the rhyming was a bit lazy but I really enjoyed the ending of the poem. It’s interesting to read something so in depth from Daniel. It’s not Shakespeare or Poe, but for an actor it’s really enjoyable in my opinion.

  34. NEHA SHARMA permalink
    July 18, 2011 1:54 am

    Its awesome, acc 2 me…….
    Being a poet myslf i admire Dan writing such a deep poem nd being so realistic 2 d core
    well dun Dan

  35. July 19, 2011 3:00 am

    Wow! Daniel is not only good in acting but also in writing, he just showcase his ability to write and I respect him more because of that! 🙂

  36. Danny permalink
    July 19, 2011 7:57 pm

    Good stuff.
    When I first read it I thought, Wow .. Who knew that was Dan
    But then I read this: The verses are about infidelity, Pop Idol and Kate Moss’s former boyfriend, the singer Pete Doherty.

  37. tiffany permalink
    July 22, 2011 10:14 am

    u hav no talent.u r horrid,plz stop writing poetry or any other thing.

  38. August 14, 2011 12:36 pm

    this is really kind of amateur. the rhymes are really obvious and the concept is really one-dimensional….. I think you should stick to acting or at least find a better concept.

    BTW, I write better poetry.

  39. ThesisMoirae permalink
    August 23, 2011 12:40 pm

    Aww… If he likes writing poems and is confident enough to show the public what he’s written, he shouldn’t be criticized but encouraged and given constructive criticism. Well done Dan! 🙂
    @Tiffany: at least he has proper vocab and spelling. In fact, I think most people saying the poem isn’t good couldn’t do better.

  40. September 11, 2011 2:04 pm

    He is writing as a poet, not Daniel Radcliffe. Many people write poems about things like this. It’s no big deal. He is writing it as the point of view of a character. His work is a satire. He disaproves just as much as everybody else. If you look at the work itself it is quiet good. So stop being so judgmental. Just because nobody speaks of this subject too often doesn’t mean it isnt there. Its a story. Deal with it.

  41. emma permalink
    October 13, 2011 12:10 pm

    i like it i am the biggest fan of hp and Danielle Radcliffe

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