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SNL Recap: Daniel Radcliffe Hosts, Lana Del Rey Performs

Posted Sunday January 15, 2012 7:21 AM GMT

Commanding the stage with the utmost confidence, Daniel Radcliffe delivered a well-received hosting effort during yesterday's (January 14) episode of "Saturday Night Live".

The 22-year-old British actor kicked off the NBC sketch comedy show with a monologue in which he discussed both his recent run on Broadway and his role as Harry Potter.

“Your enthusiasm was the real magic, and I so enjoyed being on the journey with you,” Radcliffe said to all of the children watching before telling the adults, “Those books were for children. You were reading children’s books.”

The latest SNL also featured a pair of Weekend Update skits titled "Kim Jong Un's Best Friends" and "Casey Anthony's Dog," along with a piece called "Ricky Gervais Promos" in which Jason Sudeikis parodied the comedian by giving a glimpse at what we can expect when Gervais hosts the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night.

In another "Harry Potter" themed clip titled "Hogwarts Castle 2020,” a group of new students take part in an orientation session at which they're welcomed by Harry Potter (Radcliffe) - who happens to be unemployed and still residing at the school of magic ten years after his graduation.

At one point, a disappointed Harry tells the incoming students, “These are going to be the best days of your lives," adding. "It does not get better.”

Joining Daniel on last night's SNL was musical Lana Del Rey, who offered up performances of her songs "Blue Jean" and "Video Games" during the course of the show.