Daniel Radcliffe Stayed On As Harry Potter For A Hilarious Reason

By Douglas Helm | Published

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Daniel Radcliffe was perfect as the titular wizard in the Harry Potter series, first starring in the role at the age of 12 in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. He would go on to play the role for ten more years, wrapping up with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. While many kids would kill to play the role from the hugely popular books, Daniel Radcliffe had a pretty funny reason for staying in the role for so long. In a recent interview with the A24 podcast, Radcliffe said that he stayed on because he didn’t want to go back to school, saying “My mom and dad asked me between every film, basically, ‘Are you still enjoying it, and do you want to go back?’ I was always like, ‘Yes. I hate school.'” 

That’s something any kid can relate to. If you were 12 in a major movie franchise that asked you to keep coming back, would you rather go back to school or spend your time on the set of Hogwarts? It seems like Daniel Radcliffe was much happier going with the latter choice. Of course, Radcliffe and the other kids from the Harry Potter cast would still get an education on set, but that still sounds more fun than regular school.

While Daniel Radcliffe’s Harry Potter days are behind him, he did appear in the HBO Max reunion Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts alongside Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, and other members of the cast and crew. Since his days as The Boy Who Lived, Radcliffe has taken his career in a much different direction, mostly sticking to indies and non-franchise roles. Most recently, he had a villainous turn in the comedy The Lost City, starring alongside Channing Tatum and Sandra Bullock.

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Daniel Radcliffe’s next big project may be his most interesting role yet. He’s starring as parody musician Weird Al Yankovic in Weird: The Al Yankovic Story. While it’s technically a biopic, it seems like it’ll be taking cues from the man it’s based on and parodying the biopic format, judging by the film’s official description that states it will follow his rise to fame along with “his torrid celebrity love affairs and famously depraved lifestyle.” Along with Radcliffe, the movie will star Evan Rachel Wood, Rainn Wilson, Julianne Nicholson, Quinta Brunson, Spencer Treat Clark, Toby Huss, James Preston Rogers, Lechristopher Williams, and more. Eric Appel directs and co-writes the script with Weird Al himself.

Even though Daniel Radcliffe hasn’t been in a franchise for a while, it seems like he’s not opposed to the idea of being in one of the biggest franchises of all time. Ever since Marvel acquired Fox, giving them the rights to bring the X-Men into the MCU, people have wondered who would replace Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. Radcliffe has been a fan-favorite casting, along with actors like Taron Egerton, Antony Starr, Tom Hardy, and many more. During the A24 podcast appearance, Radcliffe addressed the fan casting, saying “But I don’t see myself, I don’t see them going from Hugh Jackman to me. But who knows? Prove me wrong, Marvel.” Based on that, it sounds like he’s definitely open to the opportunity! Seems like the ball is in Marvel’s court now.