Daniel Radcliffe Says He Does Not Wish to Appear in The Upcoming ‘Harry Potter’ TV Series

Daniel Radcliffe has announced that he will not be making an appearance in the forthcoming television adaptation of the Harry Potter series. HBO Max confirmed the new adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s beloved book series last April, with plans to dedicate one season to each of the seven books.

Radcliffe, who portrayed Harry Potter in the original eight-film series from 2001 to 2011, shared his thoughts on the reboot in an interview with E!. He expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “Like the rest of the world, [I’m] very excited to watch as an audience member.”

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However, when asked about the possibility of a cameo, Radcliffe was clear: “No, I don’t think so. I don’t know if it would work to have us do anything in it.” He remained ambiguous about whether HBO Max had approached him for a role, adding, “I’m going to be a politician about this and not deal in hypotheticals.”

The announcement of the TV series was first made via a tweet from HBO Max, which read, “Your Hogwarts letter is here. Max has ordered the first ever Harry Potter scripted television series, a faithful adaptation of the iconic books.”

In February, Warner Bros. CEO David Zaslav confirmed that the series is set to premiere on HBO Max in 2026. He expressed his excitement, stating, “We’ve not been shy about our excitement around Harry Potter. We spent some real time with J.K. and her team. Both sides are just thrilled to be reigniting this franchise. We can’t wait to share a decade of new stories with fans around the world on Max.”

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J.K. Rowling is anticipated to play a significant role in the series’ development as an executive producer. Casting details have not yet been announced.

Zaslav also mentioned that the series is expected to span a decade, remarking, “For 10 consecutive years, people will see Harry Potter on HBO; it’s really something.”

Rowling has been a controversial figure in recent years due to her views on the transgender community, which have been widely criticized. In 2020, Radcliffe penned an essay countering Rowling’s statements, asserting that “transgender women are women” and emphasizing the importance of respecting transgender identities.

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