Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) was completely unaware of a Harry Potter reference in his new Broadway play “The Lifespan of a Fact”.
Daniel (Harry Potter) is currently starring in the Broadway play The Lifespan of a Fact, which has delighted some fans with its cheeky reference to the film franchise that made him an international star.
Daniel stars as Jim Fingal, a tenacious young fact checker who stirs up trouble while checking a news story by writer (Bobby Cannavale). In one scene of the play, Fingal opens a door under the stairs he believes leads to the basement. It turns out to be a closet under the stairs instead, not unlike the small bedroom that Harry Potter was forced to sleep in by his muggle relatives.
In an interview with Vulture, published on Friday (October 19), Daniel admitted he hadn’t thought of the scene’s subtle connection or nod to Harry Potter. He revealed he could sometimes tell when the audience was laughing at the joke made in the play or at the Potter reference.
“It wasn’t at all [related] until people pointed it out to me,” he said. “I miss this stuff, I really don’t think about it. Somebody the other day, at the stage door, asked, ‘Is it an intentional Potter reference?’ No! I wasn’t like, ‘Build a cupboard on this set for me to make a joke about Potter.’”
“Last night it got a reaction, and I was like, ‘Oh no, that’s people thinking it’s Potter.’ It got almost a round of applause,” he said. “I thought then that I’ve got to find a different way [to play that moment], I can’t encourage that.”
Despite his effort to play the moment differently, Daniel admitted he doesn’t mind when people get excited about moments that reference the film series. “It’s lovely, that’s the thing. I have this habit of not seeing the references,” he explained.