Will Daniel Radcliffe ever return as Harry Potter? Possibly, somewhere down the road. Harry Potter is without question one of the most popular franchises of all time, and not just the movies either. The book series that spawned the movies are intensely popular and there is even a stage play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, that is one the hottest tickets on the market right now. No matter what other Harry Potter movies, books, plays or anything ever get made though, Daniel Radcliffe is always going to be the face of the franchise.
Radcliffe moved on from the wizarding world after The Deathly Hallows Part 2, which makes sense. But J.K. Rowling is continuing to make new Harry Potter stuff, and there is probably going to be a point in the future that might call for Radcliffe to return to the role of Potter. In a recent interview with Radio Times, Radcliffe actually gave fans hope that he would be open to the idea in the future, just not right now. Here is what he had to say.
"It would depend on the script. The circumstances would have to be pretty extraordinary. But then I am sure Harrison Ford said that with Han Solo and look what happened there! So I am saying, 'No,' for now but leaving room to backtrack in the future."
As of right now, there doesn't even seem to be an opportunity for Radcliffe to reprise his very iconic role, but this statement is likely very nice for die hard fans to hear. The Cursed Child is a continuation of the main Harry Potter story, but none of the actors from the movies are reprising their roles for the show. Beyond that, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them takes place in America long before the Harry Potter series Radcliffe took part in.
Many actors who play a role that they are so associated with, like Radcliffe with Harry Potter, do everything they can to try and distance themselves from it. Radcliffe has had a great career outside of that movie series, but he has always seemed to embrace the fans and the fact that the role helped get him to where he is today. It is also interesting that he makes the comparison between his situation and Harrison Ford with Han Solo. Ford seemed like he was very much over the role for a very long time, but the right set of circumstances led to him reprising the role, and the same thing could happen for Harry Potter in the eventual future.
J.K. Rowling is not at all done with the world of Harry Potter. She wrote the script for both Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. She is the gatekeeper to that world, and there is no doubt that if she keeps going, at some point an opportunity will present itself for Radcliffe to appear in another movie. Radcliffe is currently starring in Swiss Army Man alongside Paul Dano and Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them is set for a November 18 release date.