Daniel Radcliffe Reveals How He Really Feels About New Actor Taking On The Role Of Harry Potter

Daniel Radcliffe, who played Harry Potter, has shared his opinions on someone else taking on the iconic role in the wake of the new HBO series’ announcement.

This comes after it was revealed a ‘concerted effort’ is being made to cast more performers of colour in the upcoming Harry Potter TV series reboot.

The rumours surrounding a HBO Max television series rebooting the Harry Potter film series proved to be genuine. It will once more draw inspiration from the contentious author J.K. Rowling’s books.

This comes nearly a decade after the final movie was released, and JK Rowling herself is even in talks to act as producer to the series…

Now, Rowling may have created the beloved Harry Potter universe, but she hasn’t fallen short of controversy – especially when it comes to the LGBTQ+ community. 

So much so, that many threatened to boycott the latest Harry Potter themed video game, Hogwarts Legacy

But first lets go back to where it all began. What started out as a mere musing while stuck on a delayed train in London, 1990, led to a young Joanne Rowling conjuring up the magical story of Harry Potter.

Thirty years since it’s creation, over 500 million copies of the book franchise have been sold worldwide in eighty different languages, making it one of the best-selling book series of all time.

The adventures of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger were quick to capture a vast and loyal fanbase, with children and adults alike being instantly captivated by the novel.

So, of course, it didn’t take long for the movie adaptations to come along, bringing Rowling’s words and imagination to life by transforming them into a series of blockbuster movies.

The wizardry and witchcraft mania that was induced by the books was only exaggerated after the release of the on-screen adaptations which, collectively, grossed around $6.5 billion in total.

Despite her popularity, in recent years, many have deemed Rowling to be extremely problematic.

As some may already be aware, the author was accused of being transphobic by dozens of fans back in June 2020, after she posted a string of divisive tweets criticising a headline about “those who menstruate.”

She wrote at the time: “‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?” referring to a post she shared. 

And it only got worse from there, she went on to say: “If s*x isn’t real, there’s no same-s*x attraction. If s*x isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of s*x removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth.”

Despite all of the controversy surrounding Rowling, it seems she is still heavily involved in plans for her franchise.

Per Bloomberg, HBO (which is owned by Warner Bros Discovery) is getting close to making a deal to make a TV series based on Harry Potter.

Each season is reportedly going to be set on one of the 7 books in the world of wizardry, in news that is sure to please fans.

David Zaslav, the CEO of Warner Bros Discovery, and HBO head Casey Bloys have reportedly been trying to get Rowling on board in a producing role, to ensure that the series ‘remains loyal’ to the tales of the books.

Discussing the new series, Warner Bros. Discovery said (via GameSpot), “Each season will be authentic to the original books and bring Harry Potter and these incredible adventures to new audiences around the world.”

And as per The Hot Mic podcast, Jeff Sneider claimed that WB Discovery would be making a “concerted effort to cast more people of colour” in the series.

As we know, Hermione was played by the BAME actress Noma Dumezweni in the London stage play, with Rowling herself defending the casting, saying at the time, “Hermione can be a Black woman with my absolute blessing and enthusiasm,” adding that Dumezweni was “the best actress for the job”.

Since then, Daniel Radcliffe has expressed his thoughts on someone else assuming the mantle of Harry Potter.

Radcliffe told Deadline: “I think it’s like Harry Potter was always destined to become like Sherlock Holmes.

“The people that saw Basil Rathbone play Sherlock Holmes then [were] like ‘No one could ever do this!’ They’re gonna, though. It’ll get passed on to somebody.”

He continued: “The weird thought I have now is like, ‘Oh that’s probably like an 8-year-old kid out there somewhere whose life is going to change in a couple years.’ My brain does go there.”

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