Why Daniel Radcliffe has no interest in playing 'Harry Potter' again

Gregory Wakeman
Cast member Daniel Radcliffe poses at the premiere of "Kill Your Darlings" during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah January 18, 2013. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)

Daniel Radcliffe doesn’t think he’ll ever play Harry Potter again, although he hasn’t fully closed the door on returning as the iconic wizard one day. 

Radcliffe, who is currently promoting his turn in real-life prison drama Escape From Pretoria, made the above admission to Variety after being asked whether or not he would ever return as Potter for the Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them franchise. 

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“I don’t think so,” was Radcliffe’s response. “I don’t like to say no to things, but it’s not something that I’m rushing to do. I feel like those films have moved on and they’re doing just fine without us. I’m happy to keep it that way.”

Radcliffe is clearly rather happy with the position his career is in at the moment, too, especially because not being attached to a multi-picture franchise contract means he can be very specific with the projects he chooses. 

Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter

The 30-year-old hasn’t been afraid to make some rather bold movie choices, too. Not only did he appear in Horns as a man that wakes up with a pair of horns on his head, but he also portrayed a farting corpse in Swiss Army Man, too. 

Radcliffe admits that he hasn’t “shied away” from bizarre work, but insists he didn’t intentionally set out to find the “weirdest thing out there,” too. 

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“I wasn’t picking projects that were weird for weird’s sake,” he continued. “Swiss Army Man was weird in that it’s about a farting corpse coming back to life and that’s not for everybody. At the same time, it’s an incredibly smart film that has something beautiful to say about being human.”

“I’ve done Guns Akimbo, where I’ve had guns bolted to my hands, but I’ve also done Escape From Pretoria, which is really grounded in reality. I think people saw me play one thing for so long that it seems more notable that I do loads of different stuff now.”