Don’t expect “Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe to reprise his role if JK Rowling’s newly released short story becomes a film.
On Tuesday, Rowling released a 1,500-word short story about how Harry and his friends are faring at 34 years old.
Written in the voice of the Daily Prophet’s gossip correspondent Rita Skeeter, the piece describes the reunion of “Dumbledore’s Army” at the Quidditch World Cup Final.
“But when word swept the campsite and stadium that a certain gang of infamous wizards (no longer the fresh-faced teenagers they were in their heyday, but nevertheless recognisable) had arrived for the final, excitement was beyond anything yet seen,” the fictional character wrote.
Harry, about to turn 34 years old, is described to have “a couple of threads of silver in the famous Auror’s black hear, but he continues to wear the distinctive round glasses that some might say are better suited to a style-deficient twelve-year-old.”
Fans were surprised at the novella’s publication on Rowling’s Pottermore Web site. The British author previously said that she had no plans to write a follow-up to the already concluded book series.
And for Radcliffe, who played the titular hero in the film adaptation of the books, he also has no plans to reprise his role.
“I’m inclined to say no,” the actor promptly crushed the hopes of Potter fans.
Radcliffe was speaking at a TV critics press tour on Tuesday when he was asked if he would don Harry’s glasses again if the short story makes it on the screen again.
“It’s not even really a hypothetical question now,” he was quoted by the NY Daily News as saying.
“I haven’t read it yet, though I will,” Radcliffe said, adding, “but my understanding is that it’s very short, not worthy of adaptation to film.”
Also, the Harry mentioned in the newly published novella was “about 12 years older than I am now... So it’s something I’d have to worry about for a long time, hopefully.”
Radcliffe is promoting the dark comedy TV series “A Young Doctor’s Notebook,” which also stars Jon Hamm.