Daniel Radcliffe Wants No Part of ‘Harry Potter’ Reboot: “I Think It Would Be Very Weird for Me to Show Up”


After years of playing quidditch, Daniel Radcliffe is ready to quit it. In an interview promoting the fourth season of his comedy Miracle Workers alongside co-star Geraldine Viswanathan, the Harry Potter star was asked by Access Hollywood about whether or not he had talked to those involved in the upcoming Warner Bros. Discovery TV reboot, to which he replied, “I certainly haven’t.”

“I think it’s very much like they’re going for a new series and there would be somebody else playing,” Radcliffe continued. “So I think it would be very weird for me to show up.”

He compared the Potter series to Sherlock Holmes, explaining that it “was always going to be bigger than one interpretation or one franchise.”

“It’ll be cool to see the torch get passed on,” he shared.

According to Entertainment Weekly, this reboot is a part of Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav’s plans to hone in on existing franchises like the wizarding world of Potter.

“[There will be] a focus on the big movies that are loved, that are tentpoled, that people are going to leave early from dinner to go to see — and we have a lot of them,” he shared during an earnings call in November.

From left to right: Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, and Rupert Grint in 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2'Photo: Everett Collection

The other franchises Zaslav is referring to include Batman, Aquaman, Superman and Lord of the Rings.

The series is set to include executive producer J.K. Rowling, who has lost fans and followers over the years for continuing to espouse anti-trans rhetoric. HBO and Max CEO Casey Bloys previously avoided making comments surrounding the choice at a press Q&A in April, saying, “Our priority is what’s on the screen” and that “the Harry Potter story is incredibly affirmative and positive and about love and self-acceptance.”

Nonetheless, Radcliffe’s disinterest was apparent prior to the announcement of the upcoming decade-long series. His appearance in the Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts special was a unique situation, as he told the New York Times that he “think[s he] was so able to go back and enjoy it because it’s not a part of [his] day-to-day life anymore.”

Radcliffe recently welcomed a baby boy with his wife Erin Drake and has starred in a vast array of projects, including Miracle Workers and Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, in which he portrayed the iconic comedic musician.

For those in need of some magical nostalgia, all eight films of the Harry Potter series are available to stream on Max. And for those in need of some more current Radcliffe, the first episode of the next season of Miracle Workers will hit TBS on Monday, July 10 at 10/9c.

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