Daniel Radcliffe says he will never close door on playing Harry Potter again

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Is actor Daniel Radcliffe Harry Potter-bound?

After a decade of doing that thing actors do when they graduate from billion-dollar franchises – "distancing himself" – the 27-year-old actor has officially left the door to Hogwarts open.

"I'm never going to close that door, that would be a stupid thing to do, but I think I'll be happy enough and secure enough to let someone else play it," Radcliffe said.

Daniel Radcliffe says he 'had a huge amount to prove' after <i>Harry Potter</i>.
Daniel Radcliffe says he 'had a huge amount to prove' after Harry PotterPhoto: Getty Images

Radcliffe made the comments while speaking to US media at the Deauville American Film Festival, also known as the Festival du Cinéma Américain de Deauville.

The event, which is wholly focused on American cinema, is held annually in Deauville, France.

But later when asked about speculation that there could be a movie version of the London play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Radcliffe said no-one had contacted him about a new film.

"Nobody has said anything to me about ... revitalising the films, so I don't know," Radcliffe told Reuters in London, two weeks after his original comment.

"It's not something I think I'd be interested in, and also if they do it now I feel they should just cast the people from the play," said Radcliffe, who was just 11 years old when he was cast as Potter.

Radcliffe played the boy wizard Harry Potter in eight films between 2001 and 2011, based on J.K. Rowlings' seven books.

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They were The Philosopher's Stone, The Chamber of Secrets, The Prisoner of Azkaban, The Goblet of Fire, The Order of the Phoenix, The Half-Blood Prince and The Deathly Hallows I and II.

An older iteration of the iconic character is also presently on stage in London, in a stage production titled Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Ironically, as the current stage production features an older Harry Potter played by Jamie Parker, Radcliffe noted he was not too old for the character, but rather too young.

Harry, Hermione and Ron in the first Harry Potter film. The entire series was shot between 2001-2011. Rupert Grint was ...
Harry, Hermione and Ron in the first Harry Potter film. The entire series was shot between 2001-2011. Rupert Grint was 13, Daniel Radcliffe was 11 and Emma Watson was 10.  Photo: Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone

"At the moment it’s not even a concern because I’m too young to play the character, but even in 10 years' time I would still feel strange about going back to it," he said.

Radcliffe said that if Warner Bros proceeded with a new Harry Potter film, they would effectively be gambling with people's memories.

"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 [The] Phantom Menace," he said.

J.K. Rowling is keeping the Harry Potter franchise alive.
J.K. Rowling is keeping the Harry Potter franchise alive. Photo: Supplied

Though it was commercially successful, the Star Wars franchise prequel The Phantom Menace was widely panned by fans.

"I don't want to go back to anything like that and maybe sour what people have already loved," he said. "Some things are better left untouched."

Though Warner Bros has no official plans to proceed with a new Harry Potter film, the literary franchise on which the films is based has recently ramped up its output.

Rowling has already published separately a number of books which appeared in the Harry Potter narrative as either textbooks or library books.

They include Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which has already been adapted as a film and will be released later this year, and Quidditch Through the Ages.

Rowling has also released three e-books this year, all set in the Hogwarts academy.