Daniel Radcliffe Is 'Very Happy' About Upcoming Harry Potter TV Series but Remains Coy About Returning to Hogwarts

"I'm gonna be a politician about this and not deal in hypotheticals," the English actor said when asked how he'd respond if Max asked him to star in the series

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Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe is keeping his spell book shut for now.

The actor, 37, revealed in an interview with E! at the Drama League Awards on May 17 that he doesn't plan on making an appearance in the upcoming Harry Potter series.

"Like the rest of the world, [I’m] very excited to watch as an audience member," Radcliffe told the outlet.

When asked if he would star in the series, he answered, "No, I don’t think so."

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Radcliffe suggested that the show creators "very wisely want a clean break" to differentiate the series from the popular film franchise, which starred the English actor as the titular character and premiered from 2001 to 2011.

"I don't know if it would work to have us do anything in it," he added.

<p>Peter Mountain/ Warner Bros.</p> Daniel Radcliffe (left) with Rupert Grint and Emma Watson in 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone'

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Daniel Radcliffe (left) with Rupert Grint and Emma Watson in 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone'

The actor refused to share how he'd respond if Max approached him to star in the series, saying: "I'm gonna be a politician about this and not deal in hypotheticals."

In 2023, Radcliffe said that he's "definitely not" looking to be involved in the new Max adaptation, which is said to be a "faithful adaptation" of J.K. Rowling's bestselling novels with each season covering a single book and Rowling signing on as an executive producer.

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"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," he said at the time.

"But I do wish them, obviously, all the luck in the world and I'm very excited to have that torch passed," he added. "But I don't think it needs me to physically pass it."

<p>Charles Sykes/Bravo </p> Daniel Radcliffe

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Daniel Radcliffe

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That same month, Rowling – who has become a controversial figure for her transphobia – spoke out against Radcliffe and his Harry Potter costar Emma Watson for their differing points of view. She wrote on social media that they can "save their apologies.”

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Radcliffe responded a few weeks later, saying of Rowling, "It makes me really sad, ultimately, because I do look at the person that I met, the times that we met, and the books that she wrote and the world that she created, and all of that is to me so deeply empathic.”

He expressed that the fantasy series "would not have happened without her" and noted how important the franchise has been in his life. However, he ultimately stated, "But that doesn’t mean that you owe the things you truly believe to someone else for your entire life."

Radcliffe stayed firm in his support for the community and said, "I will continue to support the rights of all LGBTQ people, and have no further comment than that."

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