10:30 am EDT, May 28, 2013

Dan Radcliffe says he won’t film scenes for ‘Wizarding World’ expansion to avoid type casting

Rupert Grint and Helena Bonham Carter have filmed scenes as Ron and Bellatrix for the Wizarding World’s forthcoming Gringotts ride, but Dan Radcliffe has turned the opportunity down.

In new comments to TimeOut London over the weekend, Radcliffe reveals that he didn’t film scenes for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter expansion in Orlando because he’s “done so much work to establish [himself] as something outside that series.”

“…The theme parks are expanding and there was an enquiry whether I’d do more filming from them and I was like: No, I can’t get away with that any more, I’d just look foolish. I’d never totally close the door [to returning to Potter] for the reason that Jo’s a great writer. But no more school boy stuff.”

He added, “I’m 23, which is too old to be running round in a school boy’s cape.”

We have to assume that if Bonham Carter and Grint were asked to film scenes for the Gringotts ride at Universal Orlando then Radcliffe would’ve gotten a call as well. Grint’s publicist confirmed earlier this year that the red head did indeed shoot scenes.

For months, we’ve been predicting that the fast-paced wizarding bank attraction will follow a storyline similar to the one seen in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. The storyline in the book and film involves Harry, Ron, and Hermione breaking into the bank. At this time we do not know to what extent Emma Watson is involved.

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Those who’ve been to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter know that Radcliffe features repeatedly in the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey thrill ride. He also appears in numerous television commercials for the park which current run on United States television. Perhaps Radcliffe feels these aspects aren’t helping break the type casting.

The Harry Potter theme park’s Diagon Alley expansion was formally announced by Universal earlier this month. You can see the first concept art in our previous story. Details were skim in the press release but the park promises many announcements over the next year.

In a separate report earlier today, we told you that Radcliffe says he’d play James Potter in a Harry Potter remake.

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