Daniel Radcliffe has crafted a fairly interesting and unique career for himself in his post-Harry Potter years, mostly staying away from the blockbuster films that he made a name in, and instead opting choose riskier and edgier projects like Swiss Army Man this year, The Woman in Black, Kill Your Darlings, What If, and more.
As the Potter property returns to the public consciousness in some big ways this year though with both Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the questions about Radcliffe ever reprising the beloved role were bound to enter the conversation again at some point.
While promoting his newest film, Swiss Army Man, recently as well with Britian’s Radio Times, Radcliffe was asked whether or not he’d ever consider playing the Boy Who Lived again, and responded with the following:
“It would depend on the script. The circumstances would have to be pretty extraordinary. But then I am sure Harrison Ford said that with Han Solo and look what happened there! So I am saying, ‘No,’ for now, but leaving room to backtrack in the future.”
It’s interesting that he makes the comparison to Harrison Ford and Star Wars, since Harry Potter is legitimately one of the few franchises and properties out there that can come close to the same fan power and large fictional universe that Star Wars has, something that even J.J. Abrams referenced a few times while making The Force Awakens.
I could see Radcliffe coming back to see Potter sometime down the line if I’m being realistic even, but I don’t see it happening anytime in the near future. With three Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them films already set for the next several years, the Wizarding World is more than covered on the big screen. When Cursed Child is eventually adapted for the film screen though, depending on the time its released and made, Radcliffe could very well be the right age to play the older version of Harry that is currently being played by Jamie Parker in the play.
For right now though, it seems like Radcliffe is making the best of his separation with the Potter franchise, not bad mouthing it ever like some other actors in his position have, but also establishing a solid and entertaining career for himself along the way. If you weren’t already planning on going to see Swiss Army Man either, I can’t recommend it enough. It’s unlike any other film you’ve ever seen, and Radcliffe gives one of his best performances to date in it.
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