‘Harry Potter’: Daniel Radcliffe Reportedly Has 1 Major Demand to Return in ‘The Cursed Child’ Movie

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe will forever be known for his role as the bespectacled chosen one. Playing one of the most iconic characters in literary history for a decade on the big screen has had a profound effect on Radcliffe’s career.

Ever since the franchise ended in 2011, the actor has avoided big Hollywood blockbusters. Instead, he’s opted for more independent gigs across numerous genres.

But now there’s talk that J.K. Rowling’s The Cursed Child could be next to get a big-screen adaptation after the Fantastic Beasts series wraps. Radcliffe hasn’t ruled out a return to the Wizarding World. He does, however, have one major condition to make it happen.

Daniel Radcliffe refuses to return for 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' movie if J.K. Rowling has anything to do with the project. Pictured here is the actor.
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‘The Cursed Child’ is the continuation of Harry Potter’s story

According to Express, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a two-part stage play that continues Harry’s story. It begins 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts, with Harry, Ron, and Hermione as middle-aged adults.

Warner Bros. recently acquired the rights to the play, sparking rumors that a film adaptation is in the works. However, the studio is currently in the middle of its five Fantastic Beasts prequels. That series won’t conclude until the mid-2020s, which pushes back The Cursed Child until closer to 2030.

Serendipitously, around that same time the original Harry Potter cast will be the perfect age to reprise their roles. This is all hopeful speculation and fan theory at this point. Unfortunately, Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) says they’ve already told the story they wanted to tell. He doesn’t think the original actors will reprise their roles if given the opportunity.

Will there be a ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ movie?

Felton told Red Carpet News TV in 2019 that everyone in the original cast is still “immensely proud” to be a part of Harry Potter. However, he believes Warner Bros. will take the story “further on in their own direction.”

“I don’t think it will be reprised, to be honest with you,” Felton said. “I think it was a wonderful eight chapters, I think that and everything that needed to be done was done.”

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It would be difficult to imagine Warner Bros. making a Cursed Child movie without the original Harry Potter actors. However, this is all speculation about a movie that has no guarantee of getting made.

Harry Potter producer Lionel Wigram addressed the Cursed Child rumors a couple of years ago. He said at the time that whatever author J.K Rowling wants, as far as he’s concerned, is right. He believes it would be a great movie, and maybe at some point, Rowling will be ready to do that.

Daniel Radcliffe won’t reprise the role if J.K. Rowling is involved

Wigram added that he loves the fact that “there’s another aspect of the Harry Potter world which is completely different from everything else.” He believes the play is special in its own way. But, there could be a time when Rowling is ready to turn it into a movie.

However, Rowling’s involvement in a Cursed Child film would be a dealbreaker for Radcliffe. This is because of the recent controversy surrounding the author and her personal views on gender.

As NBC News reports, Rowling’s newest book Troubled Blood faced criticism because some reviews allege that it features a cisgender male serial killer who dresses as a woman. The Telegraph claimed the book’s moral was “never trust a man in a dress.”

The book is part of the Cormoran Strike detective series. Rowling writes the series under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. The claim that the book is transphobic comes after Rowling’s comment that only women menstruate.

According to We Got This Covered, Radcliffe will only be a part of The Cursed Child if Rowling isn’t involved. Insiders say he wants to distance himself from the Harry Potter author after her controversial statements.

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