The award-winning two-part play ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ just opened this spring on Broadway, following a sold-out multi-year run in London’s West End. While ‘Potter’ fans have flocked to see the play, one surprising person never has and doesn’t plan to– Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe.
‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ is set many years after the end of the last book/movie ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’, with Harry, Ginny, Hermione and Ron as married adults with their kids, also burgeoning wizards, entering the halls of Hogwarts.
It wouldn’t be surprising if Radcliffe had not seen the play because he didn’t want to see another actor in the role that he spent most of his childhood performing. It also wouldn’t be strange if he simply didn’t want to see Harry aged past him into middle age. But Radcliffe’s real reason for staying away from the theater is actually more generous than that.
Appearing on ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’, Radcliffe, who stars on the new comedy series ‘Miracle Workers’, disclosed “I’ve been asked this a lot and I always give a boring charitable answer,” before saying that he was “probably not going to ” ever see it, because the experience would “not be a relaxing evening at the theater” and that he would “feel like I [was] being watched for my reaction. And maybe that is completely conceited and egotistical and people wouldn’t care, but I do feel if I was just surrounded by Harry Potter fans, it would be a little odd.”
When Meyers asked if he might consider going in disguise, Radcliffe replied, “The thing about a disguise,” Radcliffe said, “is that if it stops working, then you’re just a dude who wore a disguise.”
Here is his entire response:
Have you seen ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’? What do you think? Does it live up to the legacy of the books and films?
Source: Entertainment Weekly