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Why Daniel Radcliffe Probably Won’t See Harry Potter And The Cursed Child

Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter in The Deathly Hallows Part 2

Although the Wizarding World is being expanded upon through the Fantastic Beasts film series, the Harry Potter era of the franchise ended in 2011 with the release of The Deathly Hallows Part 2. Well, on the big screen, that is. But in June 2016, the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child premiered, and it's been playing on Broadway since this past April. However, if you're wondering if Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, has see the play, not only has he not, it's unlikely he ever will. Radcliffe explained his reasoning for avoiding The Cursed Child thusly:

I'm probably not going to see it. I don't have any plans to. Not because I think it would throw me into some sort of existential crisis of, like, 'Oh, is that what happened?' But more so that I just feel like it would not be a relaxing evening at the theater. I feel like I would be being watched for my reaction, and maybe that is completely conceited and egotistical and people wouldn't care, but I do feel like if I was just surrounded by Harry Potter fans, I feel like it would be a little odd.

While Daniel Radcliffe is a talented actor and has starred in movies like Swiss Army Man, Now You See Me 2 and Jungle in recent years, it's safe to say he'll always be best known for playing The Boy Who Lived in all eight Harry Potter movies. Radcliffe already has to deal with fans approaching him a lot over the role, so when it comes to seeing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, he'd feel self-conscious about people studying him for his reaction to the play. Oh well, at least he can always just read the play to see what happens to Harry and the gang in the future.

During Daniel Radcliffe's appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers, the eponymous host also asked about if the actor considered donning a disguise so that he could watch Harry Potter and the Cursed Child incognito. Radcliffe responded that if a disguise stops working, then "you're just a dude who wore a disguise." He then recalled a bad experience wearing a disguise at a public event with his Harry Potter costar, Rupert Grint, a.k.a. Ron Weasley. Radcliffe said:

There was one year where me and Rupert Grint were at Redding Music Festival together, and like for whatever reason 'cause we were young, cool and edgy, we had access to old World War II gas masks. So we put them on and we're running around the concert, and then it got really hot very quickly, and it was very hard to breathe in them, so we just took them off. And then everybody went from, 'Who are those two idiots in gas masks?' to 'Oh, look who that is.' It was not a good feeling, so that swore me off disguises.

Maybe if there was a way for Daniel Radcliffe to watch a private performance of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, then he could finally see what all the fuss is about, though I doubt even Radcliffe has that much pull to make such a performance happen. Still, if there's one other thing we can take away from this, it's that you shouldn't ever be on the lookout for Daniel Radcliffe wearing a fake mustache, wig or anything along those lines to blend into a crowd.

If a cinematic adaptation of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child ever gets the green light, we here at CinemaBlend will be sure to inform you about it. For now, you can get your Wizarding World fix by seeing Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald in theaters now.

Adam Holmes

Connoisseur of Marvel, DC, Star Wars, John Wick, MonsterVerse and Doctor Who lore. He's aware he looks like Harry Potter and Clark Kent.