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Daniel Radcliffe would return to the Harry Potter franchise on one condition

Jenny Medlicott

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Daniel Radcliffe would return to the Harry Potter franchise on one condition

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Over the years, the Harry Potter cast have been pretty about unsure about whether the film franchise is one they’d want to return to. And recently, Daniel Radcliffe revealed one of the conditions of his return to the role.

Harry Potter is undeniably one of the most successful film franchises in the world. And so, it’s hardly a surprise that many fans harbour the secret hope that one day their Harry Potter faves will consider returning to the film series.

This year, Radcliffe appeared in a new role in the The Lost City, alongside Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum and Brad Pitt.

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Daniel Radcliffe would return to Harry Potter on one condition. Credit: Wiktor Szymanowicz/Alamy Stock Photo
Daniel Radcliffe would return to Harry Potter on one condition. Credit: Wiktor Szymanowicz/Alamy Stock Photo

And in an interview with The New York Times for the film, Radcliffe discussed the chances of him returning to the role that launched his career. And brace yourselves, because it might not be the answer you were looking for.

He said: “This isn’t the answer that anybody’s going to want, but I think I was so able to go back and enjoy [Harry Potter and The Cursed Child] because it’s not a part of my day-to-day life anymore.

“I’m getting to a point where I feel like I made it out of Potter OK, and I’m really happy with where I am now, and to go back would be such a massive change to my life.”

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However, he did also say never say never, a la Justin Bieber, back in 2016 to the Radio Times.

He told them at the time: “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."

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Daniel Radcliffe did not completely rule out the possibility of a return. Credit: Everett Collection Inc/Alamy Stock Photo
Daniel Radcliffe did not completely rule out the possibility of a return. Credit: Everett Collection Inc/Alamy Stock Photo

While it seems like the six years that have passed since this interview hasn't pushed Radcliffe any closer to a Harry Potter revival, as he said himself, he's got room to backtrack in the future if they present him with a particularly impressive script.

However, even if Radcliffe gets on board in the future, another potential hurdle for the original cast is the controversy surrounding the book's creator, J.K Rowling, who has been criticised for ‘attacking trans women’.

The Harry Potter films came to an end in 2011. Credit: Warner Bros.
The Harry Potter films came to an end in 2011. Credit: Warner Bros.
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All three of the main Potter actors - Radcliffe, Watson and Grint - have come out in support of the trans community, opposing the comments expressed by JK Rowling. Which could make the future of any Potter sequels tricky territory to navigate.

While Watson hasn't commented on her willingness to return to the film series, Rupert Grint seemed enthusiastic about making a comeback as Ron earlier this year, however it was said on the condition that his co-stars Radcliffe and Watson returned too.

So it seems that while hope for the return of the original Harry Potter stars isn’t completely lost, there’s quite certainly some obstacles to overcome beforehand.

If you’ve been affected by any of these issues and want to speak to someone in confidence contact Mindline Trans+ on 0300 330 5468. The line is open 8pm–midnight Mondays and Fridays and is run by trans volunteers 

Topics: Celebrity, Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe, JK Rowling

Jenny Medlicott
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