Fan excitement over the news of a “Harry Potter” reboot by Warner Bros. Discovery has been tempered by the revelation that original star Daniel Radcliffe does not plan to participate in the upcoming project. Deviating from the original film format, the iconic J.K. Rowling novels will be adapted into a television series format, with each season dedicated to a single one of these magical books.
Yet, in an interview with Comicbook.com, Radcliffe who played the titular character in the original series, expressed disinterest in reprising his role in any capacity for the new reboot. It’s clear that fans hoping to see the original Harry Potter make a cameo appearance might find themselves disappointed.
According to Radcliffe, “My understanding is that they’re trying to very much start fresh and I’m sure whoever is making them will want to make their own mark on it.” Sounds like Radcliffe is not keen on clouding this fresh start with references to the films of the past, stating that he’s not “seeking it out in any way.” Despite this, he still sends his best wishes to the incoming creative team and is excited about the new era of Hogwarts that lies ahead.
This refusal to partake in the new series doesn’t come as a major shock. Radcliffe has spent years trying to separate himself from the Potter brand, which has largely defined his career. Given his open criticism of J.K. Rowling’s controversial social media posts, perhaps he’s less inclined to return to a franchise that benefits her. While this is mere speculation, it’s certainly food for thought.
For the longevity and success of the new “Harry Potter” series, perhaps it’s for the best that it distances itself from the original characters and plot, focusing on building its own unique legacy.