It’s been five years since the last Harry Potter film, so it’s understandable that Daniel Radcliffe wants to separate himself as an actor and prove he’s more than just The Boy Who Lived. But with a grown-up Harry on stage in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Warner Bros. reportedly sniffing around the film rights, it’s only natural that we’d wonder whether Radcliffe would ever consider taking hold of his wand and Firebolt again. And his answer to the question was as magical as we could’ve dreamed.
“I’m never going to close the door; that would be a stupid thing to do,” he told The Hollywood Reporter at the Deauville Film Festival, where he accepted the Rising Star award.
He did add, though, that he was also fine leaving the role in someone else’s capable hands, saying, “But I think I’ll be happy enough and secure enough to let someone else play it.”
Radcliffe cited age as an issue. “At the moment it’s not even a concern because I’m too young to play the character, but even in 10 years’ time I would still feel strange about going back to it.”
He joked: “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.” Oooh, burn.
When Radcliffe eventually moseys over to London’s West End and finds his way into the Palace Theatre to check out how Jamie Parker is doing in the adult version of the role he made famous, maybe that’ll awaken something in him. And perhaps if Cursed Child gets the big-screen treatment one day, it’ll make sense for Daniel to take it on. We can only hope. Because as far as we’re concerned, he’s the one and only, we solemnly swear.