Daniel Radcliffe has not returned to the world of Harry Potter since leaving the franchise nine years ago at the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. Fans have wondered if he and the other two main actors, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, would ever come back to the wizarding world for one more movie. If a new rumor is true, it looks like that could finally be happening.
Insider Daniel Richtman (via We Got This Covered) is reporting that the original three actors – Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint – are in discussions with Warner Bros. to return for a new project of some sort. Apparently, these talks had begun last year but were interrupted when the COVID-19 outbreak shut everything down. While Richtman does not specify the exact actors, it is easy to assume that this core trio is who he is talking about. It is possible that these conversations include other original cast members like Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy, but it isn’t clear at this moment.
The real question that this news brings up is what the new Harry Potter project could be? It would have to be something fairly substantial to bring back Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint. It is unlikely that they would return for glorified cameos. The obvious project would be a film version of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the stage play written by Jack Thorne and based on an original story by J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child takes place nineteen years after the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Fans have wanted to see Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint play their characters in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child since that is considered to be the official eighth story in the Harry Potter series. Though the story focuses more on the sons of Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy, the original characters still play a vital role in the story. Getting to see them return to these iconic roles in a highly celebrated story would definitely energize fans for a new movie.
However, there is the issue of the series’ creator, J.K. Rowling, and the response some of the original cast members have had regarding her controversial stance regarding transgender rights. Daniel Radcliffe himself has spoken out against Rowling’s comments, so it might be a little difficult to see them working together on a future Harry Potter movie. However, with all the drama surrounding Fantastic Beasts 3, returning to the original franchise might be exactly what the series needs to do in order to rehabilitate its public image.
Since nothing has been officially confirmed, we have to chalk up this info as a rumor, but it does have us excited at the prospect of seeing Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint back in their wizarding robes. The Harry Potter series was a crucial and impactful part of an entire generation. Getting the chance to see these three reunite for one last movie could offer those fans the sendoff they want.