Daniel Radcliffe Explains His Harry Potter Fears With The Perfect Star Wars Analogy

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Daniel Radcliffe spent a decade of his life playing Harry Potter and while the actor has moved on to other things, he's not completely against playing the role again one day. However, doing so would have to be under the right circumstances. There is a new chapter in the story of the character as Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has opened on stage in England. Radcliffe says he could go back to the role one day, but doing so after such a long absence opens up the potential for a new movie to follow in the footsteps of dubious sequels.

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.

It's certainly an understandable concern. Over the course of eight movies, Daniel Radcliffe helmed a franchise which is fairly consistent in its quality from beginning to end. Considering its size, that's amazing. At a certain point, you don't want to press your luck. Just leave the films alone so that you don't accidently do something to lessen their quality as a whole. If Daniel Radcliffe ever does decide to play Harry Potter again, it will be a big deal. Fans will go nuts over it waiting anxiously to see it on the big screen. As he points out, Star Wars fans have done this before, and it hasn't always turned out well for them.

Daniel Radcliffe tells The Hollywood Reporter that he has quite a while to make a decision about playing the role again. He figures he's about a decade too young to play the version of Harry Potter that is portrayed in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, so if Warner Bros. wants him, they'll have to wait. Of course, the longer fans wait, the bigger a deal it will be if he ever did come back, thus the potential Phantom Menace problem.

The good news is that the studio probably isn't in too big a hurry to set up Daniel Radcliffe in another Harry Potter movie just yet, as they're currently involved in other areas of the franchise. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is getting ready to make its debut in November and, as that film is set to be a trilogy itself, it's probable they'll wait until that series is close to done before figuring out what to do next. Having said that, eventually seeing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on the silver screen seems like a forgone conclusion, with or without the original actor. How could Warner Bros. not be planning to make that movie happen?

Should Daniel Radcliffe return to the Harry Potter franchise one day or would the best thing simply be to leave it all alone? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Dirk Libbey
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