Daniel Radcliffe denies ‘Potter’ return after J.K. Rowling releases new short story

J.K. Rowling posted a 1,500-word short story on Pottermore today to give Harry Potter fans a glimpse into the adult lives of some of the series’ most beloved characters. The short story gave fans hope that more Harry Potter books and films may be on the horizon, but Daniel Radcliffe was quick to shoot down rumors that he may reprise his role as the infamous wizard.

The short story arrived on Pottermore in the form of a Daily Prophet gossip article “written by” correspondent Rita Skeeter, whom fans grew to know and loathe in the Harry Potter series. In the article, Skeeter observes Harry, Ron, Hermione and Ginny as they attend the 2014 Quidditch World Cup.

“About to turn 34, there are a couple of threads of silver in the famous Auror’s black hair, but he continues to wear the distinctive round glasses that some might say are better suited to a style-deficient twelve-year-old,” writes Skeeter, describing the grown-up Harry Potter.

Radcliffe was asked about the short story while promoting the upcoming second season of the Ovation drama A Young Doctor’s Notebook – in which he co-stars with Jon Hamm – at a TV critics press tour today. While the 26-year-old actor played an adult Harry in the epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II, he stated that he does not wish to do so again.

“I’m inclined to say no. It’s not even really a hypothetical question now.”

When asked if he has had the chance to read the story, Radcliffe replied, “I haven’t read it yet, though I will. But my understanding is that it’s very short, not worthy of adaptation to film.”

The Harry in the short story is “about 12 years older than I am now … So it’s not something I’d have to worry about for a long time, hopefully,” he added.

Regardless of whether or not she continues to write more Potter books, fans will not have to wait long for J.K. Rowling’s next venture into her wizarding world. She announced last year that she will be making her screenwriting debut with a movie centered around one of Harry Potter’s textbooks, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. The film will revolve around the adventures of its fictional author, Newt Scamander.