It may take a spell to get Daniel Radcliffe back into his "Harry Potter" garb.
Sure, Chris Columbus, who directed the first two "Harry Potter" films and produced the third, has expressed interest in returning to the Hogwarts campus for a possible film version of the Broadway hit, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” And even more exciting for fans, Columbus said he’d love to have Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint back to revisit their iconic roles.
As Entertainment Weekly explained, "Cursed Child" is a sequel to the beloved fantasy film series. It follows a new generation of witches and wizards, including Harry and Ginny's youngest son, Albus, but still includes grown-up versions of the original beloved characters.
Back in November on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the first "Harry Potter" film, Columbus told The Hollywood Reporter, getting the trio back together on film would be "cinematic bliss." He added: "If you're a film nerd or cinephile, it's kind of like what J.J. Abrams did with Star Wars. There's no question if you're a Star Wars fan, you were moved just seeing them on screen, seeing Harrison Ford as Han Solo again."
Recently, HBO Max debuted the streaming event, “Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts,” wherein Radcliffe, Watson and Grint reunited to reflect, which no doubt raised more hopes for some kind of sequel.
But just this week, Radcliffe, 32, told the New York Times he's not "interested" in reprising the role "right now."
"This isn't the answer that anybody's going to want,” Radcliff said, “but I think I was so able to go back and enjoy i[the reunion special] because it's not a part of my day-to-day life anymore. I'm getting to a point where I feel like I made it out of Potter okay, and I'm really happy with where I am now, and to go back would be such a massive change to my life.”
But in a bit of carrot-waving for the extremely patient Potter fan, the "Lost City" star added: “I'm never going to say never, but the Star Wars guys had like 30, 40 years before they went back. For me, it's only been 10. It's not something I'm really interested in doing right now."
In case some might think Columbus was just spitballing, or thinking a new sequel might be a cash grab, consider Columbus told Entertainment Weekly back in 2015 that his original desire was to direct all eight Potter movies, but wanted more time with his family.
"I would love to go back and do another one," Columbus said then. "I would love to do another movie with those three characters – Harry, Hermione, and Ron. I'm just fascinated about what happened to them after the end of the last movie because then they cut to 18 years ahead. There's 18 years there of great Harry Potter stories."
Now that sounds like a great streaming series! Keep dreaming, "Harry Potter" fans, you never know!