We know that actors hate being typecast, but it’s still pretty difficult for us to imagine anyone other than Daniel Radcliffe playing the iconic role of Harry Potter. Over a decade and eight different movies, we watched Radcliffe grow up as a small boy into a young adult while playing the famous wizard. However, Radcliffe himself recently said he’s not overly attached the role, should the Harry Potter character ever end up in another movie.
“I’m never going to close the door; that would be a stupid thing to do,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “But I think I’ll be happy enough and secure enough to let someone else play it. At the moment it’s not even a concern because I’m too young to play the character, but even in 10 years’ time I would still feel strange about going back to it.”
The speculation exists because of the rumors that Warner Bros. are looking into securing the movie rights to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the stage play that tells the story of an older Harry Potter and his children. Of course, those are all just rumors at the moment, with nothing confirmed by Rowling or the studio.
Radcliffe acknowledged that returning to the big screen as Potter is not without risks, citing the difference between the Star Wars prequels and sequels as evidence.
“There’s a part of me that’s like, some things are better left untouched,” Radcliffe explained. “If we went back to Potter, there’s a chance we’d make what Star Wars: The Force Awakens was to the original Star Wars, but there’s also the chance that we’d make Phantom Menace. So I don’t want to go back to anything like that and maybe sour what people have already loved.”