When ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ hit the shelves of your local bookstore, many witches and wizards thought that (after the film version came out) it would be last that we’d see of The Boy Who Lived and his epic exploits. But here we are in 2016 and there are plenty more stories to be told from the Wizarding World of J.K. Rowling. Both Universal Studios theme parks in America boast very popular Harry Potter attractions that put fans themselves in the magical world. Ahead of the brand new film ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ coming to theaters this holiday season, Pottermore is sharing a series of tales dubbed ‘The History of Magic in North America’, which includes the origin of Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. And of course, we have the play ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ currently playing in London that catches up with the beloved characters nineteen years after their last adventure.
However, with all these repeat journeys back to Rowling’s mystical realm, there’s no sign of the cinematic version of the famous young wizard played by Daniel Radcliffe. Does that mean that the actor is distancing himself from the role so as to not get typecast? Is he ready to put Harry behind him in favor of bigger and better acting endeavors like ‘Swiss Army Man’, ‘Horns’, or ‘Now You See Me 2’? The answer might not be as clear cut as you’d think.
While speaking with Radio Times recently, Radcliffe revealed that he wouldn’t rule out playing Harry Potter once again as an adult. Though he’s not exactly jumping at the chance to do it right this minute, he does another actor that has played his fair share of iconic characters:
“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.”
Is Radcliffe saying that he’d only play Harry again only to die?! Let’s not think too much into that. Instead, let’s focus on the fact that he hasn’t entirely shut the door on that chapter of his career just yet. Now we’re just left to wonder how much time it will take for someone to come up with the script to get the actor to don the round glasses and the lightning scar once again.
Are you glad to hear that Daniel Radcliffe is open to playing Harry Potter again in the future? How would you like to see him return to the role? Share your thoughts and theories in the comments below.
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