UPDATED: Daniel Radcliffe Admits His Envy of Newt Scamander’s Snazzy Coat in Interview with NME

In a recent interview with NME, Daniel Radcliffe, now 26 years old and at the peak of his career, discussed his “weird” selection of roles, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and Eddie Redmayne‘s snazzy costume, seen in the first look of the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

It’s no secret that since Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Daniel Radcliffe has selected an amalgamation of vastly diverse roles. From The Woman in Black to Horns, Dan has been fearless and creatively driven in his selection of scripts. When asked about it in his interview with NME, which dubs Dan as the “Wizard of Odd,” he said,

I don’t really have mainstream tastes […] People do ask me, ‘Why do you choose such weird movies?’ but I don’t think they’re weird; they’re just stories I’m interested in. Isn’t having weird tastes good, though? I think so. I think that’s better than always wanting to play the handsome hero.

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Dan also commented on the dashing costume of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), which is quite elaborate and suave, with a waistcoat, bow-tie, and the teal coat that’s much coveted by fans, compared to Harry Potter’s faded jeans and sweatshirts.

Oh, f**k you, Eddie, in your brilliant costume… I got jeans and a zip top for 10 years, and you’ve got a greatcoat already?

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The actor also spoke about wanting to know how Harry Potter’s story plays out in the Cursed Child and how he felt about the franchise moving on without him.

It’s weird. But I’m happy for it to go on without me. I’ve no ownership of it.

I actually really want to see it. It would be a mental thing to try and see it with lots of very excited Harry Potter fans. But I kind of would like to know what happens now.

To read the whole interview, you can pick up a free copy of NME Magazine from tomorrow, only available in the UK.


The full interview is now available, and among the many things that Daniel talks about is his surprise at the Harry Potter mania continuing to grow.

I’d always thought in the years after Potter finished that it would die down, but it’s just grown more because the people who were massive Harry Potter fans in their teens are now adults. So you meet them more. They’re not at home with their parents; they’re out in the world. It always amazes me when someone says what a huge part of their childhood it was. I still have a natural reserve that makes me go, ‘Oh, don’t be so silly; I wasn’t responsible for your childhood.’

On Victor Frankenstein, Daniel said,

There’s no significance to it. Doing studio movies is fun because you get to do stuff that you mostly wouldn’t get to do on an indie movie, in terms of action. There is a part of me that, because I grew up doing it, loves that stuff and really misses it. Frankenstein was just the most interesting and original script I’d seen from a studio. It looked like fun to make, and it was.

You can read the full interview here (although there is some strong, adult language included).

It’s refreshing how candid Daniel Radcliffe can be in these interviews. What do you think about off-screen Dan? Let us know in the comments!