Daniel Radcliffe says he’s not keen to see the Harry Potter play
Every now and then, Daniel Radcliffe pops up on the publicity circuit in promotion of some film/theatre show he’s doing and, despite not having taken up the wand and lighting scar for nearly 10 years, promptly gets barraged with questions about being Harry Potter.
We guess that’s life as the world’s most famous wizard, and such was the way when he appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers recently to promote his brand new Broadway show The Lifespan of a Fact.
Thankfully, Meyers had something a little more current on his mind: namely the reaction of Radcliffe to the latest interpretation of Harry Potter: The Cursed Child — the theatre show that’s actually soon to make it’s Aussie debut. Turns out, he hasn’t seen it, and probably won’t either.
“I’m probably not going to see it, I don’t have plans to,” Radcliffe revealed.
“Not because I don’t think it would throw me into some existential crisis of like ‘Oh, is that what happened’ — I just feel like it would not be a relaxing evening at the theatre to be watching that.
“I feel like I would be being watched for my reaction and maybe that is completely conceited and egotistical and people wouldn’t care but I do feel like it might — if I was just surrounded by Harry Potter fans, I would feel it would be a little odd.”
When Meyers asked Radcliffe if he’d thought of wearing a disguise, the Harry Potter actor replied: “The thing about a disguise is that if it stops working, then you’re just a dude who wore a disguise.
“I remember there was one year where me and Rupert Grint ended up — we were at the Reading Music Festival together and for whatever reason, ’cos we were young and cool and edgy, we had access to old World War II gas masks so we put them on and were running around the concert and it got really hot very quickly and it was very hard to breathe in them so we just took them off and then everybody was like ‘who are those two idiots in gas masks? Oh, look who that is’ — it was not a good feeling.”
If, unlike Harry Potter himself, you actually want to go watch it, you can find details on the show’s Melbourne run here. In more news from the world of Rowling, the first details have emerged on a massive new Harry Potter RPG that may be hitting consoles soon.