Daniel Radcliffe is well-known for his role as Harry Potter. That doesn’t mean he’s willing to paint that lightening bolt on his forehead for another run as the Chosen One.
In 2001, Radcliffe starred in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Over the next decade, he played the eponymous character in seven sequels, culminating with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 in 2011. Now, it appears that Daniel is not interested in more sequels, as he recently stated that he has no interest in reprising his role in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Daniel Radcliffe has stated that he is not interested in reprising his role as Harry Potter, the boy wizard, in a potential film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Last year, director Chris Columbus, who directed the first two Harry Potter films and produced the third, stated that he would like to return to the Potterverse to direct a film version of J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany’s stage play.
He also stated that he would like to see original stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint reprise their roles. Cursed Child, a sequel to the Harry Potter films, follows a new generation of witches and wizards, including Harry and Ginny’s youngest son, Albus, as well as adult versions of beloved characters.
Columbus stated that a film adaptation with the original trio would be “cinematic bliss” while commemorating the first film’s 20th anniversary in November.
“If you’re a film nerd or cinephile, it’s kind of like what J.J. Abrams did with Star Wars. There’s no question if you’re a Star Wars fan, you were moved just seeing them on screen, seeing Harrison Ford as Han Solo again.”
Radcliffe, on the other hand, isn’t ready to return to that part of his life just yet, telling The New York Times in an interview published Thursday that the film isn’t “something I’m really interested in doing right now” when asked about Columbus’ comments and HBO Max’s reunion special, Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts.
“This isn’t the answer that anybody’s going to want, but I think I was so able to go back and enjoy it because it’s not a part of my day-to-day life anymore. I’m getting to a point where I feel like I made it out of Potter okay and I’m really happy with where I am now, and to go back would be such a massive change to my life. I’m never going to say never, but the Star Wars guys had like 30, 40 years before they went back. For me, it’s only been 10. It’s not something I’m really interested in doing right now.”
Similarly, while on Entertainment Weekly Radio in 2015, Columbus expressed a desire to return to the HP universe, revealing that he originally wanted to direct all eight films but decided to step aside because he would have been away from his wife and children for too long.
“I would love to go back and do another one. Not Fantastic Beasts as much, which I think is going to be amazing, but I would love to do another movie with those three characters — Harry, Hermione, and Ron. I’m just fascinated about what happened to them after the end of the last movie because then they cut to 18 years ahead. There’s 18 years there of great Harry Potter stories.”
Let us wait and see if Daniel changes his mind later. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Thirsty.
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