It’s sold countless tickets worldwide and has numerous accolades under its belt, but it appears that Harry Potter himself refuses to see the two-part play.
Daniel Radcliffe has revealed that he has never and doesn’t plan to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, despite fans flocking to see the award-winning play.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is set 19 years after the final Harry Potter book/movie Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The play sees Harry, Ginny Hermione and Ron as married adults with their kids – also wizards in training – entering the halls of Hogwarts.
While some may assume Radcliffe doesn’t want to see his prized character played by another actor, or that he simply doesn’t want to see Harry middle aged, but surprisingly, this is not the case.
“I’m probably not going to see it, I don’t have plans to,” Radcliffe revealed on Late Night with Seth Meyers. “Not because I don’t think it would throw me into some existential crisis of like ‘Oh, is that what happened’ – I just feel like it would not be a relaxing evening at the theatre to be watching that.
“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 like it might – if I was just surrounded by Harry Potter fans, I would feel it would be a little odd.”
When asked if he would consider going in disguise, the 29-year-old replied, “The thing about a disguise is that if it stops working, then you’re just a dude who wore a disguise.”
Radcliffe then opened up about a past experience he had in disguise, including one involving his Harry Potter costar, Rupert Grint.
“I remember there was one year where me and Rupert Grint ended up – we were at the Reading Music Festival together and for whatever reason, ‘cos we were young and cool and edgy, we had access to old World War II gas masks so we put them on and were running around the concert and it got really hot very quickly and it was very hard to breathe in them so we just took them off and then everybody was like ‘who are those two idiots in gas masks? Oh, look who that is’ – it was not a good feeling.”
If you’re not Daniel Radcliffe, and you actually want to go see the award-winning play, you can find details on the show’s Melbourne run here.