“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” will head into production soon, but a certain boy wizard will not be making a cameo. The films, written by J.K. Rowling, take place in the “Harry Potter” universe, so technically, Daniel Radcliffe could reprise his role as Harry. However, it seems Radcliffe has put down the wand for good.
“I feel that would be a very distracting thing, so I'm not looking to pop up in them,” Radcliffe told E! Online at San Diego Comic-Con.
The 25-year-old spent a decade working on the original movie series, which wrapped up in 2011. He has since found success in other movies like “Kill Your Darlings” and “What If” as well as several stage roles, so Radcliffe is pretty busy without the movie trilogy. He also pointed out that “Fantastic Beasts” doesn’t take place during Harry Potter’s lifetime. “Those are prequels, I believe,” he said.
“Fantastic Beasts” will follow Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), a magizoologist, as he navigates life in 1920s New York. He eventually goes on to write a book called “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” which becomes one of Harry’s school textbooks.
Even though Harry won’t appear, the actor looks forward to watching the films. “I'm excited to see them, especially with Eddie,” Radcliffe said. “He's awesome. I think it'll be fantastic. I'm intrigued to see what they're going to do.”
The decision to stay out of the new trilogy isn’t surprising. Radcliffe was asked about the possibility of a cameo when the films were announced last year, and he declined then as well. “I’m not involved, nor will I become involved, but I’m very excited to see what they’re going to do,” the Brit told Us Weekly in October.
Even though Radcliffe won’t appear in “Fantastic Beasts and How to Find Them,” he is acting in other sci-fi/fantasy flicks that are inspired by literature. He was at Comic-Con to promote his new film “Victor Frankenstein,” based on Mary Shelley’s classic book, which will come out on Nov. 25.
While Radcliffe won’t be included in the upcoming “Fantastic Beasts” casting announcements, fans can expect plenty of other actors to be cast soon. After announcing Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Folger and Ezra Miller as cast members, the Guardian reports that Warner Bros. is still holding for open auditions for roles.
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” hits theaters Nov. 18, 2016. Do you wish Harry Potter would make a cameo in the film? Sound off in the comments section below!