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Daniel Radcliffe has heard about this Harry Potter update. The same day that J.K. Rowling published a brief update on her book characters’ lives in their thirties, the titular star of the film franchise says that it shouldn’t get anyone’s hopes up for another feature.
“My inclination is to say ‘no’ because I don’t think it’s even a hypothetical at the moment,” Radcliffe told reporters, via satellite from New York, during Tuesday’s Television Critics Association summer press tour. “What she’s written — and I haven’t read yet but I will — I understand it’s a very short piece. And he’s 12 years older than I am now.”
His famous alter ego, now 34, is apparently now sporting “threads of silver” in his black hair in the 1500-word story, the first in the Potter franchise since the last book published seven years ago.
Radcliffe was very gracious about his participation in the Harry Potter films, especially when one reporter asked him if the new stage of his career (an active Broadway life; eclectic films; and his reason for attending Tuesday’s series, A Young Doctor’s Notebook) was a reaction to his time as a child actor.
“I think it is connected to Potter, but maybe not in the way everyone thinks,” he said. “What it is, I played only one character for such a long time, I think there’s a little bit of envy and desire to try as many different things as possible. Now that I’m in that position, I’m trying to while the getting is good.”
As for his new series, which finds him playing a younger version of Jon Hamm, Radcliffe says the duo’s tight time schedules has been the thing keeping the show from doing more than four episodes a year. It’s also the reason why he thinks it was made in the first place.
“If you want to get a TV show greenlit,” said Radcliffe, quoting one of the series’ creators, “tell them you have Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm over four weeks in the summer.”
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