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Daniel Radcliffe says he's unlikely to play Harry Potter again in wake of J.K. Rowling's new short story

July 9, 2014
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Daniel Radcliffe thinks he has a long time to wait before having to consider reprising his role as wizard Harry Potter. The 24-year-old actor – who found fame as a youngster in the films adapted from JK Rowling's novels – addressed the possibility of returning to the big screen as the spectacle-wearing character. When he was asked about taking on the job again, as Joanne shared a short, spin-off story on the Pottermore website on Tuesday, he shed doubt on the possibility of a new film based on the tale.

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Daniel Radcliffe and What If co-star Zoe Kazan

"My inclination is to say 'no' because I don't think it's even a hypothetical at the moment," he said via satellite link at the Television Critics Association's Summer Press Tour. The story features Harry, and the likes of new ’s Hermione Granger, plus Rupert Grint’s Ron Weasley, in their 30s. 

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Daniel Radcliffe with author J.K. Rowling and his Harry Potter co-stars

"What she's written - and I haven't read it yet but I will - I understand it's a very short piece," he said of the 1,500-word essay. "And he's 12 years older than I am now. I don't think I'll have to worry about that for a long time." At the end of the final motion picture in the franchise Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, the characters can be seen as adults taking their children to board the Hogwarts Express.

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Daniel Radcliffe isn't thinking about reprising his role yet

This fresh tale sees them have a school reunion just after the Quidditch World Cup has taken place. The piece is written from the angle of reporter Rita Skeeter.

On Tuesday, Daniel was pictured at the What If screening at the New York Film Critics Series with Zoe Kazan. He plays medical school dropout Wallace, who has been repeatedly hurt by bad relationships.

"He meets Chantry, an animator who lives with her longtime boyfriend Ben, and they form an instant connection, striking up a close friendship. Still, there is no denying the chemistry between them," according to film website IMDB.

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