Daniel Radcliffe has been teasing ‘Harry Potter’ fans with the suggestion that he might consider playing Harry Potter again. ‘I’m never going to close the door, that would be a stupid thing to do,’ he told the Hollywood Reporter at a film festival in France where he was picking up an award last weekend.
The question has arisen because 27-year-old Radcliffe’s Potter character, Harry, appears as an adult and as a father of three children in the West End stage play ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’, leading to the inevitable question: who will play the grown-up Harry in the rumoured – and now surely inevitable – movie?
Clearly Radcliffe isn’t yet clawing at the doors of Warner Brothers to play the role himself. He even says he’s ‘happy enough and secure enough to let someone else play it.’ He also points out that ‘at the moment it’s not even a concern because I’m too young to play the character and even in ten years’ time I would feel strange about going back to it.’
For the moment, Potter fans will have to get used to a movie Potterverse without Radcliffe anyway. The movie ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them’ opens in November, the first of a planned series, and it takes place years before the world of Harry Potter, with Eddie Redmayne in the starring role of Newt Scamander, a Brit in 1920s New York City.
Does Radcliffe have any advice for Redmayne? ‘He’s an Oscar winner, dude. He doesn’t need my advice!’
‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them’ opens in cinemas around the world on Friday November 18.