The British actor rose to fame as a child playing JK Rowling’s boy wizard in the hit movie adaptations of her books. He has since gone on to carve a career playing varying roles from Beat poet Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings to, most recently, a farting corpse in Swiss Army Man.
His next film sees him take on the role of a magician in Now See You Me: The Second Act, but he has not completely shut the door on Hogwarts. “It would depend on the script,” Radcliffe told Radio Times when asked if he could be tempted to take a role as an adult Potter.
“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.”
The Cursed Child opened for previews in London earlier this month, but Radcliffe is unlikely to attend. “It would be a weird one. I could be completely wrong in this but I feel like if I went to see it, there’s going to be a lot of Harry Potter fans there and would that then become a thing?” he told E! News. “I would never want to do anything that would distract or take away from the show.”
Co-written by Rowling, The Cursed Child is the first new Harry Potter story in nine years. Little is known about the plot, bar that the story is set 19 years after characters, Harry, Ron and Hemione waved goodbye to Hogwarts. Harry’s son Albus takes the starring role, left “struggling with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted” while learning with his father that “sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places”.
Jamie Parker is playing a grown-up Harry, who now works for the Ministry of Magic. Sam Clemmett takes on the role of Albus, while Noma Dumezweni has been cast as Hermione and Paul Thornley plays Ron. Tours are currently pushing resell ticket prices up to £2,200, with the sold-out play running until next May.
‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ officially opens on 30 July, with the script hitting stores in book form the following day.
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