November 22nd, 2010
05:13 PM ET
Those hysterical fans at the November 15 "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" New York premiere probably didn't rattle "Glee" newcomer Darren Criss as he walked the red carpet – after all, just last year, he was one of them.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Criss appeared on the front of the magazine's July 16, 2009 issue for a story about the mania surrounding the release of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince."
The cover shot shows a shaggy-haired Criss wearing a Hogwarts school uniform and a pair of round spectacles as he stands alongside fellow frantic J.K. Rowling fans at the L.A. premiere.
"It's insanity," Criss told the Hollywood Reporter. "A year ago today, I was a guy in line waiting with my buddies outside the premiere. Now I was an invited guest.”
Criss, who plays Dalton Academy student Blaine on "Glee," is riding quite a wave of success lately. His rendition of Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" recently became the first song from the hit TV series to reach No. 1 on the Billboard charts, and the actor will reportedly become a regular on the show, possibly as a love interest for Kurt (Chris Colfer).
"It’s all in their ballpark," Criss says of the show's producers. "We’ll see what they do with the character. I’m just happy to be there for now."
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