Daniel Radcliffe To Play Harry Potter’s Father? Actor Will Never Play Boy Wizard Again, But Maybe Poppa Potter In A Sequel

Daniel Radcliffe never wants to play a schoolboy wizard again, but he’s open to the idea of playing Harry Potter’s wizard father, James. During a recent interview with London entertainment magazine Time Out, the 23-year-old actor said he’s too old to reprise his signature role as the chosen one in J.K. Rowling’s iconic series.

“No more schoolboy stuff. A cameo as Harry’s dad? That would be perfect!” Radcliffe said to the magazine. He added, however, it would be unlikely that Rowling would produce anymore sequels and that he’s been working hard to distance himself from the Harry Potter character after playing the boy wizard for a decade.

Since his infamous role as Harry Potter, Radcliffe controversially starred in the Broadway production of Equus, which required him to be nude -- and in films like “The Woman In Black” and “Kill Your Darlings,” a biopic about Allen Ginsberg.

During the interview, Radcliffe added he would like to be a “youngish” father someday: “I definitely want to have kids,” he said in the Time Out interview quoted by the Telegraph. “I’ve grown up around lots of people who were having kids when I knew them, because a lot of them were a lot older than me. And I saw the wonderful change in them. I see that it gives you a sense of purpose that up till now I only really get from work.”

He doesn’t want to wait too long before he has children even though he doesn’t have a mother in mind yet. “I want that. I don’t know when or [with whom] but I want it. And I’d like to get started on it before my thirties. I like the idea of being a youngish parent. So I’ve got energy to play football even though they’ll be better than me by the time they’re four.”

Radcliffe’s latest film, The Cripple of Inishmaan, is scheduled to open in London June 8. 

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