Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson have both said they won't return to Harry Potter.
After nine epic movies and three spin-off prequels, there may be a new Harry Potter TV series in the works. According to FandomWire, David Zaslav, the CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, is planning to bring back the magical world that fans have come to know and love. The question is, will Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson reprise their roles in the franchise?
The concept of the new Harry Potter series is in its incredibly early phases, so we can only speculate on what the show will entail. The first season of the new show could quickly wrap up the contents of all seven books, from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows; a feat that took eight movies, producing nearly 20 hours of film. This would give the rest of the show more room to focus on untouched areas of the Wizarding World, including new characters, storylines, and of course, magical spells.
While the response to the idea of the new show has been positive from fans, it’s unclear whether or not Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson, along with the original cast and crew, will make their return to the franchise. When asked about the idea, Daniel Radcliffe seemed fairly disinterested in returning, and it’s no wonder why. As much as Zaslav would want to produce a ninth film in the franchise, this is one case where it seems all the money in the world can’t convince the stars to return.
For many of the cast and crew, the filming of Harry Potter films consumed their lives for 10 years, all while they were trying to navigate their adolescents while in the spotlight. Rupert Grint, who played Ron Weasley, recently opened up about the dark side of making the Harry Potter movies, admitting that it was “suffocating” at times. In addition, Daniel Radcliffe turned to alcohol at a young age as a way to cope with all of the public attention and the stress and anxiety that came with filming.
But after the Harry Potter series wrapped in 2011, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson have gone on to lead incredible careers inside and out of the film industry. Daniel Radcliffe has starred in all sorts of films like Weird, Swiss Army Man, and Guns Akimbo while also performing on Broadway where he is set to return this October as Charley Kringas in Merrily We Roll Along. Meanwhile, Emma Watson has gone on to perform outstanding roles in films like The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Beauty and the Beast, and My Week with Marilyn, in addition to being the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and advocating for the UN Women campaign HeForShe.
While Daniel Radcliffe could return to the Harry Potter franchise if the timing is right, we know that Emma Watson will not return if the Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling, is involved at all. Emma Watson is a strong feminist who advocates for gender equality and acceptance for all, including the transgender community, which doesn’t seem to align with J.K. Rowling’s beliefs. The author has made very controversial comments towards the transgender community, leading many to believe she is transphobic.
While we wait for further details on the new Harry Potter TV series, we can rest assured that fans are as giddy as Dobby when he got his sock.