The Harry Potter movies might just have a ninth film eventually with the original lead. Nothing is official yet, but actor Daniel Radcliffe has stated that he is open to reprising his role as “the boy who lived.”
It’s doubtful that Rupert Grint and Emma Watson would be joining him if it happens, though. Watson has stated that she doesn’t want to be known as Hermione Granger anymore, and between being a fashion model, women’s rights activist, and a somewhat accomplished actress, she probably wouldn’t have the time anyway.
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Films like The Bling Ring, Noah, and Beauty and the Beast are proof that Watson wants to stay in the spotlight, but only wants serious roles. She appears to be perfectly fine with letting a black actress take over her famous role on Broadway.
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is evidence that J.K. Rowling is willing to continue the story with Harry’s son, Albus Severus Potter, even though there is a prequel spin-off in the making already. It seems she isn’t ready to give up on the kids from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
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It seems that Star Wars: The Force Awakens was what helped convince Daniel Radcliffe to reconsider his original stance. Originally he wanted to leave the school behind him and work on other films, much like co-star Emma Watson. Seeing Harrison Ford return for one last time as Han Solo may have changed his mind.
“It would depend on the script. The circumstances would have to be pretty extraordinary. But then I am sure Harrison Ford said that with Han Solo and look what happened there! So I am saying, ‘No,’ for now but leaving room to backtrack in the future.”
If Radcliffe does return, it will probably be for a theatrical version of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, along with some re-cast co-stars playing the roles of Ron and Hermione Weasley. He will also need to at least read the screenplay for the Broadway play about to be released next month. He won’t see the play, though, because he wouldn’t find it a relaxing experience.
“I want to see the show, I am genuinely intrigued and I hear it’s fantastic. I just feel like sitting in an audience that will, for the most part of the near future, be very enthusiastic Harry Potter fans might not be a … relaxing way to see a show. So, I guess, not for the time being.”
It sounds like a reasonable argument since attending a Broadway play when his role has been recast, the fans would probably make Radcliffe uneasy. They might badger him into doing something he didn’t go there to do, and it would ruin the experience for him.
Seeing Daniel Radcliffe return for the role of “the boy who lived” could also be plagued by the possibility that he would be the only one returning. Many of the original characters were dead by the end, one of which was mirrored this year by the passing of the actor, Alan Rickman. It would almost be like seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens with an all new cast aside from Mark Hamill, while Han and Leia were played by other actors.
Do you think Daniel Radcliffe reprising his role in future Harry Potter movies would be a good idea?
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