Harry Potter has been a pop culture fixture for more than two decades, and although the central book series and its film adaptations ended years ago, the magical world is about as popular today as it ever was. The franchise is still dominating the big screen with the Fantastic Beasts movies, it took over the theater world with the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and earlier in 2021, rumors of a potential Harry Potter HBO Max series got the fandom excited for another possible return to the wizarding world. Now, Daniel Radcliffe is sharing his idea for a Harry Potter reboot, including the characters he’d most want to play if it ever came to fruition.
Radcliffe appeared on Josh Horowitz’s Happy Sad Confused podcast on Monday, Aug. 2, to discuss his TBS comedy series Miracle Workers along with costars Geraldine Viswanathan and Karan Soni. Of course, Horowitz couldn’t pass up the chance to talk a little Harry Potter with the Boy Who Lived himself, and he asked the actor who he would most want to play if the magical saga were to ever be rebooted. Radcliffe didn’t take the easy way out and just say “Harry” — instead, he said he’d be interested in portraying two beloved Marauders.
“I would probably want to go with like, Sirius or Lupin,” Radcliffe said. “Those were always the two characters that I was like, ‘They’re great.’ And also like, I’m obviously biased by my experience of filming those scenes, with those people, and they’re like some of my favorite memories.”
Radcliffe’s response echoes a popular call for a spinoff or prequel Harry Potter project focusing on the Marauders, which the fandom has been vocal about for years. Sirius and Lupin are two of the four Marauders — a group of Gryffindor classmates who attended Hogwarts in the ‘70s and were pivotal in setting up the events of the Harry Potter series. The other two Marauders are Harry’s father, James, and the later disowned Peter Pettigrew. Radcliffe has actually brought up the idea for a Marauders movie or series before, so it definitely sounds like that’s the focus he’d be most interested in for a potential reboot.
Sadly, the reboot fantasy-casting was all just a big hypothetical game, but fans are still holding out hope. Although Warner Bros. denied rumors that an HBO Max series in development, many fans still believe a Harry Potter TV show will happen eventually, and it would definitely be a treat to see Radcliffe return to the franchise as a totally different character.