DEAUVILLE, France, Sept. 13 (UPI) — While accepting the Rising Star award at the Deauville Film Festival in France, Daniel Radcliffe told The Hollywood Reporter that he would “never close the door” on once again picking up his wand and glasses as ‘Harry Potter.’
“That would be a stupid thing to do,” he said. “But I think I’ll be happy enough and secure enough to let someone else play it.”
“Cursed Child” takes place almost two decades after the events of the final Harry Potter book and tells the story of Harry’s son, Albus, and his struggle to bear the Potter name.
“At this moment it’s not even a concern because I’m too young to play the character,” Radcliffe said about ‘Cursed Child’s’ middle-aged Potter.
Radcliffe also said that the fear of ruining fans’ devotion to the series holds him back from jumping in.
“There’s a part of me that’s like, some things are better left untouched. If we went back to Potter, there’s a chance we’d made what “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was to the original “Star Wars,” but there’s also the chance that we’d make “Phantom Menace,” he said. “I don’t want to go back to anything like that and maybe sour what people have already loved.”
Radcliffe portrayed the iconic character in all eight films from 2001 to 2011. He recently starred in the films “Swiss Army Man,” “Now You See Me 2,” and “Imperium,” and just wrapped the upcoming adventure drama “Jungle.”
J.K. Rowling is bringing another piece of the Wizarding World to the big screen in November with the release of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” starring Eddie Redmayne.