J.K. Rowling's decision to expand her “Harry Potter” saga with a second epilogue was welcomed by most fans of the best-selling series this week -- but not by the film adaptation’s star.
During a news conference at the July 2014 Television Critics Association press tour on Tuesday, the star of the “Harry Potter” film franchise, actor Daniel Radcliffe, commented on Rowling’s newly released installment of the series.
“I don’t know. My inclination is to say, ‘No,’” Radcliffe said via satellite from New York when questioned about the short story. According to HitFix.com, he appears to have presumed the question was about him returning for a potential “Harry Potter” movie reboot.
While the 24-year-old actor admitted to not yet reading the newly released tale (He is currently busy starring in "The Cripple of Inishmaan" on Broadway), he did think the 1,500-word installment wouldn’t be enough to sustain a ninth film for the blockbuster series.
“It’s not even hypothetical at the moment. What she’s written, I haven’t read it yet. I am going to read it. But [it is], as I understand it, a very short piece that I’m not sure it, of itself, worthy of adaption to film,” Radcliffe said.
Thankfully for Radcliffe, who has previously shared his hesitation about rejoining Rowling’s wizarding world on film, TheBookSeller.com confirmed Wednesday that an eighth “Harry Potter” book is not in the works. “The author had ‘no plans’ to write any further stories about the older Harry,” the site reported via Rowling’s rep.
While Radcliffe may currently be uninterested in reprising his boy wizard title role, the British star hinted that the door isn't completely closed on the matter, adding that he is thankful to have plenty of time to make a decision. “He’s at least sorta 12 years older in it than I am now,” Radcliffe said of the epilogue in which Rowling, 48, describes his character as being roughly 34 years of age and having “threads of silver“ in his hair. “I don’t think I will have to worry about that for a long time, I’m hoping.”
The short epilogue, released on Pottermore.com, stars an adult Harry Potter alongside his family and friends at the 2014 Quidditch World Cup. The tale, released Wednesday, and told through the voice of the Daily Prophet gossip writer Rita Skeeter, comes almost seven years after the final book, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” July 21, 2007 release.
Rowling is currently penning the screenplay for “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” a film based on her 2001 novel of the same name. The film, currently scheduled for a November 2016 release, will predate Potter’s storyline by 70 years and feature “magizoolist” Newt Scamander on his journey studying the wizarding world’s magical creatures.
Radcliffe stars alongside Jon Hamm (of “Mad Men” fame) in “A Young Doctor’s Notebook” airing this fall on Octavio. The series is currently available on Netflix.