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Daniel Radcliffe opens up on how he feels about new actor taking role of Harry Potter
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Daniel Radcliffe opens up on how he feels about new actor taking role of Harry Potter

The actor played the franchise's titular character from 2001 to 2011

Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe has revealed his thoughts on someone else stepping into the iconic role following the announcement of the new HBO series.

When JK Rowling, 57, published Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in 1998, there’s no way she could have known how successful the series would go on to be.

Not only did the eight films based on the seven books amass £6.2 billion at the worldwide box office, but it also paved the way for three Fantastic Beasts spin-off movies.

Of course, how could we forget the studio tours, video games and theme parks?

In April, Warner Bros. announced that Harry Potter was coming back, but this time to the small screen.

Although executives are keeping their cards close to their chest, the 'decade-long' series is set to be 'true' to the children’s novels.

However, the forthcoming HBO series is also expected to recast the Golden Trio.

It’s speculated that Radcliffe, 33, Emma Watson, 33, and Rupert Grint, 34, will not be returning to reprise their roles.

The former played the titular character from 2001 to 2011 and has recently revealed how he feels about someone else taking over the Harry Potter mantel.

Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson played the original Golden Trio.
Warner Bros.

In a discussion with Deadline, Radcliffe said: “I think it’s like Harry Potter was always destined to become like Sherlock Holmes.

“The people that saw Basil Rathbone play Sherlock Holmes then [were] like ‘No one could ever do this!’ They’re gonna, though. It’ll get passed on to somebody.”

Of course, a multitude of actors have portrayed Arthur Conan Doyle's detective including Benedict Cumberbatch, 46, in the 2010 BBC adaptation.

Radcliffe continued to say: “The weird thought I have now is like, ‘Oh that’s probably like an 8-year-old kid out there somewhere whose life is going to change in a couple years.’ My brain does go there.”

Radcliffe is not expected to make a return to the new HBO series.
Warner Bros.

While Radcliffe is unlikely to return to the franchise, Grint said he would be up for making an appearance.

In January, the 34-year-old actor stated that he would definitely reprise his role as Ron Weasley if 'the timing was right'.

Appearing on This Morning, he said: “I think if the timing was right and everyone was coming back.

“It was a character that was important to me, we kind of became the same person.”

Grint went on to say that he still feels very 'protective' of Ron and that acting alongside Radcliffe and Watson was his 'whole childhood'.

You can watch all eight of the original Harry Potter films on Netflix now.

Topics: Daniel Radcliffe, HBO, Harry Potter, JK Rowling, Warner Bros, BBC