Will Daniel Radcliffe be bringing Harry Potter back to life in the near future?
Radcliffe showed up – via video big screen – on the first day of the Television Critics Association press tour, appearing at the event to promote a new season of A Young Doctor’s Notebook and Other Stories, an Ovation Network program on which Radcliffe stars. In A Young Doctor’s Notebook, Daniel Radcliffe plays the young doctor who receives visits from his older self, while also suffering through love issues, morphine and the 1918 Russian civil war.
But how many questions could Daniel Radcliffe field about the show before someone inevitably asked about the boy-wizard-wonder, Harry Potter?
Particularly since J.K Rowling just penned a new short story, fresh from the land of Hogwarts, featuring Harry Potter on the verge of 34 years-old.
So the obvious question to Daniel – if there was any chance he would play the grown up Harry should the short story become a film – hung in the air like a bubbly spell: “I’m inclined to say no,” said Radcliffe, who could’ve left it at that, but thoughtfully did not:
“It’s not even hypothetical at the moment. What she’s written, I haven’t read it yet. I am going to read it,” said Radcliffe of Rowling’s new story, a 1,500 word piece written in the first person voice of Hogwarts gossip writer, Rita Skeeter, according to Entertainment Weekly. “But it is, as I understand it, a very short piece that I’m not sure it, of itself, is worthy of adaptation to film.”
The age of Rowling’s adult Harry Potter was also a potential rub, said the 24 year-old Radcliffe, because he’s “about 12 years older than I am now… So it’s not something I’d have to worry about for a long time, hopefully.”
At the same time, Daniel Radcliffe also made the point that he’s not running away from the fact that he was Harry Potter, just that he’d enjoyed playing a variety of different roles since the Potter franchise concluded:
“People may think that’s why,” said Radcliffe. “But it was more that after playing the same character for such a long time, I’d look at actors like Ben Whishaw, who I admire, playing a variety of roles… So I thought I’d like to do it while the going is good!”
But any discussion about Daniel Radcliffe bringing Harry Potter back to the screen wouldn’t even be happening without J.K. Rowling’s new story, right?
In the new story, Daniel Radcliffe would play a Harry Potter who is seen at the 2014 Quidditch World Cup with a “nasty cut” over his right cheekbone, reports the Daily News. This dirty laundry is hung out by Daily Prophet gossip columnist, Rita Skeeter (J.K. Rowling), who also considers whether Harry is having problems with his wife, Ginny Weasley (more proof Harry should’ve married Hermione):
“Has his wife perhaps cursed him? Are the cracks beginning to show in a union that the Potters are determined to promote as happy?”
Daniel Radcliffe may not think the new story will translate to the screen but it’s likely Harry Potter fans will disagree. So when it does hit the screen, I may not look like Daniel Radcliffe, but it will still be a great opportunity to go to the movies dressed up as adult Harry Potter.
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