Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson hung up their Hogwarts robes for good almost four years ago, but, just like many avid Harry Potter fans, the actor and actress can’t seem to leave the world of witchcraft and wizardry behind.
Not that Daniel Radcliffe doesn’t want to put his Harry Potter days behind him — the 26-year-old actor recently revealed that he never wants to play the Boy Who Lived ever again. Author J. K. Rowling delighted Harry Potter fans when she made a move that proves that she’s having a hard time closing the book on her beloved character. However, the next chapter in Harry Potter’s life can’t be found in the pages of a book — Rowling’s new story about the wizard will unfold in the form of a 2-act stage play titled Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The play will open in London next year.
Because the production will feature an adult Potter, many Potterheads have been wondering whether Daniel Radcliffe would consider dusting off Harry’s old wand to play the beloved wizard one more time. Radcliffe does have stage experience, after all — he’s appeared in Equus, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, and The Cripple of Inishmaan. But unfortunately for Daniel Radcliffe fans, the Victor Frankenstein star is not interested in bringing his most iconic movie character to the stage. According to Us Weekly, Radcliffe recently told Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen that he’s put his Potter days behind him.
“I’m getting asked a lot, ‘Would you play him?’ and I’m like, ‘No.’ Because I’ve done it,” Radcliffe said during his appearance on the Bravo show. “But it would be very weird to see someone else play him.”
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will introduce fans of the boy wizard to an older, world-worn Harry who has a stressful job at the Ministry of Magic and three school-age kids at home. According to Rowling, Harry Potter’s past will come back to haunt his youngest son, whom Harry and Ginny named after beloved Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore. When the author revealed the play’s plot description, she made sure to keep it mysterious and vague.
“While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted,” Rowling wrote. “As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.”
Daniel Radcliffe isn’t just being asked about the possibility of playing Potter again — he’s also being asked to weigh in on the great No-maj debate. As the Inquisitr previously reported, some Potter fans aren’t happy with J. K. Rowling’s decision to change a bit of beloved wizard slang in the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. In the film, America wizards will refer to non-magical folk as “No-maj” (short of “non-magical”) instead of “muggles.” Some Potterheads are furious about the word change, but Daniel Radcliffe doesn’t see why it’s such a big deal.
“We have different words in England, so it makes perfect sense that there should be a different word for it in America,” Radcliffe recently told Mashable.
Daniel Radcliffe isn’t the only Harry Potter star who can’t stop talking about the films. During an interview with Vogue Italia, Emma Watson revealed the biggest issue she had with the first Harry Potter film. According to the 25-year-old actress, she really hates poor Hermoine’s frizzy hair.
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“When I see the images again from the first ‘Harry Potter’ I immediately think how bad my hair was,” Emma Watson said. However, there are probably plenty of Potterheads that will argue that her bushy mane was rather adorable and true to the character in the book. Unfortunately, Emma hasn’t weighed in on the No-maj debate yet.
If J. K. Rowling ever decides to do another Harry Potter sequel for the stage, do you think it should focus on Hermoine and Ron? And do you think Emma Watson and Rupert Grint would return to play the characters that made them superstars?
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