On Tuesday, the first preview performances of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child rolled out in London, England. For months, the greatly-anticipated addition to J. K. Rowling’s wizarding world has been shrouded in secrecy, about where it would take our favorite characters 19 years after the final book.
Yet, as hundreds of eager Potterheads descended on the Palace Theatre in central London, one appeared to have completely apparated out of sight — Daniel Radcliffe himself.
Indeed, the Boy Who Lived was not in attendance on the evening, although he did share a reason as to why. In an interview with , the actor admitted:
“I could be completely wrong in this, but I feel like if I went to see it that night, there’s going to be a lot of Harry Potter fans there in the audience obviously and would that then become a thing.”
He then continued to say that he felt that his presence would be a distraction from the actual artistry going on on-stage:
“Would it be more about them watching me watch the show or would it take away from the show. I would never want to do anything that would distract or take away from the show.”
“I don’t know. I’m busy doing a play here at the moment, but I’m not sure.”
And of course, the fact that Dan didn’t feel that he should attend doesn’t mean he is any less grateful for the astronomical success that Harry Potter brought him. Instead, considering he’s no longer officially part of it, he’s totally right to let the play garner all the attention it deserves without other influences.
Currently, the actor is doing press tours for Now You See Me 2, which brings the four horsemen back together in the magic thriller. Here’s the trailer:
How much would you love to see Harry Potter and The Cursed Child?