– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Actor Daniel Radcliffe sure does love to reference Star Wars when it comes to addressing the idea of returning to the magical world of Harry Potter. In the past, he’s name-dropped Harrison Ford when discussing the matter, referencing how the actor once swore off returning to the role of Han Solo in that galaxy far, far away…only to return for the latest installment. Now he’s brought up the series as a cautionary tale for Warner Bros about the potential dangers of revisiting Harry Potter.

Why is he discussing all this? Well, as you’ve likely heard by now, the internet has been aflutter lately with rumors of Warner Bros wanting to get a new Harry Potter film into production when they’re done with the Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them spinoff films. Based on the success of the stage play Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, which is set 19 years after the events depicted in Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, there seems to be an opening to make a film that depicts Harry, Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) as the adult parents of a new generation of young wizards. So, naturally, everyone wants to know if Radcliffe would entertain the idea of returning to Potter.

On whether or not he’d return to the role, Radcliffe reiterated to The Hollywood Reporter his “never say never” approach to that idea:

“I’m never going to close the door; that would be a stupid thing to do. But I think I’ll be happy enough and secure enough to let someone else play it.

“At the moment it’s not even a concern because I’m too young to play the character, but even in 10 years’ time I would still feel strange about going back to it”

From there, though, he goes into the aforementioned Star Wars comparison, as a warning to Warner Bros about how careful they need to be about going back for more Harry Potter:

“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 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.”

So, if we are to read between the lines, his remarks to THR seem to convey that yes, he’d consider returning, but not yet, and only if the script is dynamite. Otherwise, he’d be fine sitting it out and letting someone else inhabit the character. 

Sounds reasonable.

What do you think of the likelihood of another Harry Potter film featuring Radcliffe?


Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.