Back in April, HBO announced its plans to reboot the Harry Potter franchise in the form of a new 10-year TV series. Naturally, this would involve a completely new cast of actors to portray the roles of Harry, Ron, Hermione and its various supporting characters. While casting hasn’t been announced yet, former Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe has stated that he’s unlikely to make any sort of cameo in the upcoming series.
Radcliffe previously played the titular Harry Potter in a series of eight movies during the 2000s that adapted all seven books of the source material. Since then, Radcliffe has become synonymous with the character though he has managed to create an impressive portfolio of movies over the years, including playing “Weird Al” Yankovic in the 2022 biopic, Weird: The Al Yankovic Story. Radcliffe received a BAFTA nomination for his portrayal of the parody singer.
Speaking in a recent interview with Comicbook.com, Radcliffe said that he didn’t want to get involved in the upcoming Harry Potter TV series because he wanted to give HBO the opportunity to make a fresh start for its new universe, stating:
“My understanding is that they’re trying to very much start fresh and I’m sure whoever is making them will want to make their own mark on it and probably not want to have to figure out how to get old Harry to cameo in this somewhere.”
While Radcliffe is likely ruled out, it’s possible that HBO might rope in other actors from the movie saga to return in some capacity, though with this being a fresh start for a new adaptation, the chances of that happening are pretty low.
HBO could possibly seek to more faithfully adapt each of the seven books per season, giving the company plenty of time to include content that was cut from the previous movies due to run time. Only time will tell if this series ends up being a success or not.