During his many years filming the “Harry Potter” movies, Daniel Radcliffe worked with seven different owl actors, some of whom were merely stunt doubles (the franchise also used CGI for many Hedwig-related action sequences). But this doesn’t mean that Radcliffe developed a magical, transcendental connection with his on-screen owl buddies.
In 2014, the actor even admitted that he would choose Broadway musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” over Hedwig. However, he also mentioned that the question was difficult to answer, suggesting that he would at least consider the possibility of adding the owl to his menagerie.
In fairness, Radcliffe may have been thinking about the difficulties of caring for such a large bird and all the noise that a hypothetical Hedwig would make in her cage at night. On the other hand, snowy owls are quiet in real life, but that’s neither here nor there.