Daniel Radcliffe has no hard feelings about being replaced. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” ages the characters to adults with children starting at Hogwarts, so the 26-year-old couldn’t reprise his role from the films as the Boy Who Lived. It seems like he is perfectly fine with passing his wand to Jamie Parker for the London play.
“Jamie Parker’s a wonderful actor, and I’m very, very happy to see him playing me,” Radcliffe said during a “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” appearance. “And maybe all the questions can shift to him now. He can do all the Harry press.”
Radcliffe, who was promoting his movie “Swiss Army Man,” doesn’t have plans to actually see Parker’s performance yet. In fact, he isn’t sure that he should go any time in the near future.
“I want to see the show,” Radcliffe said. “I genuinely am intrigued, and I have heard it’s fantastic. I just feel like sitting in an audience of what will, for the most part for the near future, be very enthusiastic ‘Harry Potter’ fans might be, like, not a relaxing way to see a show, I guess. So not for the time being.” Watch his appearance on “The Late Show” below:
The actor previously explained that this decision wasn’t just about him. He didn’t want to distract audiences from the action on the stage. “Would it be more about them watching me watch the show or would it take away from the show? I would never want to do anything that would distract or take away from the show,” he told E! Online earlier this month.
If Radcliffe doesn’t get to the theater, he’ll be able to read the plays soon. The rehearsal scripts for Part 1 and Part 2 of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” will be released on July 30, the same date as the official opening night for the show. The play is currently in previews at the Palace Theatre in London.
Radcliffe played Harry Potter from 2001-2011 in eight “Harry Potter” movies, but he seems happy to share the spotlight with other actors. He was equally supportive of Eddie Redmayne taking the role of Newt Scamander in the J.K. Rowling-penned “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” a movie that takes place in the Wizarding World during the 1920s.
“I’m excited to see them, especially with Eddie,” Radcliffe told E! Online last July. “He’s awesome. I think it’ll be fantastic. I’m intrigued to see what they're going to do.”
It might be a little easier for Radcliffe to see the flick when it hits theaters Nov. 18, but don’t expect him to go to a midnight showing with all the Potterheads.