Daniel Radcliffe Makes Decision About Being In Harry Potter Reboot

By Sckylar Gibby-Brown | Updated

Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter

Daniel Radcliffe recently shared his thoughts on the upcoming Harry Potter reboot for Max and announced that he has no plans to be a part of it, according to The Hollywood Reporter. After 22 years of being known as Harry Potter, Radcliffe discussed the Warner Bros. Discovery reboot and expressed his belief that it is not yet time for his version of the Boy Who Lived to return to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

“My understanding is that they’re trying to very much start fresh, and I’m sure whoever is making them will want to make their own mark on it and probably not want to have to figure out how to get old Harry to cameo in this somewhere.”

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While the Max reboot plans to bring the magical world of Harry Potter to life once again, Daniel Radcliffe confirmed that the chances of his reprising the iconic role are slim. He explained that the new series’ creators would likely want to start fresh and make their mark on the franchise without relying on the previous actors’ cameos.

Additionally, Radcliffe claimed that he isn’t “seeking out” the ability to appear in the new show either.

How Daniel Radcliffe Feels About A New Actor Playing Harry Potter

Despite declaring that he won’t be appearing in the new reboot, Daniel Radcliffe claimed he was excited for the new actor who will take on the role of Harry Potter. Having grown up a child actor who received the role of a lifetime at the age of 11, Radcliffe knows what the new kid, whoever he ends up being, will go through better than anyone else could understand, and he wished the future star, “all the luck in the world.”

He went on to say that, after two decades, he is glad the torch is finally being passed, but “I don’t think it needs me to physically pass it.”

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Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

The news of a new Harry Potter series broke earlier this year when rumors started circulating the internet around January. The official announcement from Warner Bros. Discovery was made in April. The announcement was met with mixed reactions with many claiming it wasn’t time to replace Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint yet. 

Others, however, agreed with Warner Bros. Discovery and thought that it was a good idea to remake the movies into a series, considering that the original films had to cut so much content from the books.

While he didn’t necessarily say no to appearing in the Harry Potter reboot, Daniel Radcliffe thinks the chances of him returning in the remake is slim.

Creating a series with one season per book, as Max intends to do, would allow for so much more of the Harry Potter world to be included in a visual format, even if it feels strange to replace Daniel Radcliffe with a new Harry Potter.

Describing the series, Max stated that it would embody the same epic craftsmanship, love, and care that made the global franchise so popular. Starting over from scratch, meant that a new cast would obviously need to be introduced, though many fans wondered if Daniel Radcliffe or any of the other original actors would return for cameos.

While not every actor has spoken out about their interest in returning to the Wizarding World, it seems that Radcliffe, at least, will be sitting this one out.

Nevertheless, even without Daniel Radcliffe, Warner Bros. Discovery promises that the Harry Potter reboot will be created with the goal of captivating audiences with the familiar enchanting details, beloved characters, magical moments, and iconic locations that have delighted PotterHeads for over 25 years.

As fans eagerly anticipate the Harry Potter reboot, the absence of Daniel Radcliffe’s portrayal of the iconic character will undoubtedly leave a void. However, his supportive words and understanding of the need for creative evolution serve as a testament to his character and dedication to the magical world that made him a star.

With a new cast and an authentic adaptation of the original books, the Harry Potter reboot on Max holds the potential to continue enchanting audiences for years to come.