Part eight of the Harry Potter series came out earlier this year, as the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child debuted at London’s Palace Theatre earlier this summer. The script was published shortly afterwards, and while the play has gotten solid reviews, a lot of other Potter fans are considering The Cursed Child a “you had to be there” kind of thing — just from reading the script, it feels to many like the magic has gone. Daniel Radcliffe is aware of this, and he’s definitely aware of the expectations that come with a new Harry Potter story in want of a movie. But, like Tom Welling to Superman, Radcliffe isn’t so sure he wants to take up the wand anytime in the near or far future.
When talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Radcliffe said of making a ninth Harry Potter movie, “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.” He’s almost certainly aware that going back and souring what people have already loved is exactly the sort of criticism being thrown J.K. Rowling’s way in recent years, and certainly since The Cursed Child. He doesn’t want to be on the receiving end of that, and hey, who would?
Wisely, Radcliffe played the I’ll-see-how-I-feel-at-the-time card, also saying, “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.” I can appreciate a good hedge bet.
The interesting wrinkle to all this is that The Cursed Child takes place straight after the epilogue of The Deathly Hallows, which is 19 years after the fall of Voldemort and the end of Harry’s final year at Hogwarts. Ironically enough, after years of worrying that he would be too old to play Harry Potter in the later films, he’s now far too young to play the role. Warner Bros could always wait 10 years to make the movie, but studios don’t tend to be the most patient lot, and enthusiasm for another Harry Potter movie probably will have waned significantly by then (unless it’s become old enough to fit the nostalgia marketing angle).
Radcliffe is probably right to be concerned about the quality of another movie this long after the series has wrapped up. The Hobbit movies clearly didn’t have the same money or passion behind them as The Lord of the Rings movies did, and they now exist as, at best, afterthoughts to that older, better trilogy of films. And you know, Radcliffe doesn’t owe us another one. He helped make eight solid movies — if we have a craving for Harry Potter, that’s about a full day of binge watching in front of us. Can’t complain.
Via MTV News
This story was originally published at Daniel Radcliffe is More Than Fine About Not Being in the Next Harry Potter Movie