Daniel Radcliffe Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe reveals why he hasn't seen Cursed Child yet

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Nov 22, 2018

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is now on Broadway, but don't expect the OG Harry, actor Daniel Radcliffe, to be seeing it anytime soon. Appearing on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Radcliffe explained why he'll probably never take in the magical two-part play, something he's been asked about a lot in the past. 

"I always give a really boring, terrible answer," he said. "I'm probably not going to see it, I don't have plans to. Not because I think it would throw me into some sort of existential crisis of like, 'Oh, is that what happened?'"

The real reason has to do with sitting in a dark, crowded theaters with hundreds of die-hard Potterheads. 

"It would not be a relaxing evening at the theater to be watching," he said. "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 if I was just surrounded by Harry Potter fans, it would be a little odd ... There's many reasons to not go in."

Written by Jack Thorne based on a story by J.K. Rowling and John Tiffany, Cursed Child follows a time-traveling adventure between the sons of Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy—Albus and Scorpius—where they revisit key moments from the Potter series in an effort to discover a previously-unknown child of Lord Voldemort

And don't think Radcliffe hasn't considered going incognito to the theater. 

"The thing about a disguise, is that if it stops working, then you’re just a dude who wore a disguise," he added. "I remember there was one year where me and [Ron Weasley actor] Rupert Grint were at Redding Music Festival together. And for whatever reason, because we were young, cool, and edgy, we had access to old, World War II gas masks, so we put them on and were running around at the concert. Then it got really hot, very quickly and it was very hard to breathe in them, so we just took them off. And then everybody went from, 'who are those two idiots in gas masks?' to 'oh, look who that is!' It was not a good feeling, that swore me off disguises."


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