It’s been five years since he last played the role that made him famous but, after the successful stage play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” Daniel Radlcliffe confirms that he’s “happy and secure enough” to let somebody else play the Boy Who Lived.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Radcliffe said that it would be a “stupid thing to do” to close the door on the Harry Potter role if Warner Bros. decides to take “The Cursed Child” — which stars an adult Harry Potter — to the screen.
“There’s a part of me that’s like, some things are better left untouched,” the actor said. “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.”
Radcliffe went on to say that he wasn’t even thinking of playing the role in a (potential) film as he’s still too young to be Harry Potter in that story. He also said that while he’s heard rave reviews, he’s yet to see Jamie Parker on stage in the role of Harry.
The “Harry Potter” franchise is returning to the screen later this year, although it’s doing so without its titular character. The prequel “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” starring Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, arrives in theaters on November 18.
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