Harry Potter is headed back into the Forbidden Forest.
To date, Daniel Radcliffe has taken a number of roles that have distanced himself from the blockbuster “Harry Potter” franchise, including playing a farting corpse in “Swiss Army Man.” The actor’s new trailer for “Jungle” seems to be doing the same — at first.
The movie, based on author Yossi Ghinsberg’s book Jungle: A Harrowing True Story of Survival in the Amazon, tells a tale of hikers struggling to survive after getting stranded in the jungle. Radcliffe plays Ghinsberg, who survived for three weeks alone in the Amazon.
It’s powerful stuff.
But if you thought this would distance Radcliffe from “Potter,” you can kiss that idea goodbye.
In between intense scenes of the hikers facing threats from humans and nature, we get a moment where Radcliffe appears to be shirtless and locked in a kiss.
It’s hard to miss the similarities between that and another infamous kiss scene from Radcliffe’s career:
Look, Radcliffe is allowed to be shirtless and kiss anyone he wants, but did no one notice how similar the “Jungle” scene is to Harry and Hermione’s kiss in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”?
In both scenes, the characters are shirtless and snogging each other’s faces off in what appear to be dreamy visions. In “Harry Potter,” the vision was caused by the locket Horcrux. “Jungle” gives us a lot quick scenes which appear to be hallucinations, and from the way the background is blurred in the kissing scene, it seem like that could be one as well. Ghinsberg has said he hallucinated a woman while stranded in the Amazon in real life.
Plus, “Harry Potter” had the actors surrounded by a silvery mist, and the “Jungle” scene at least looks like the actors are surrounded by fire.
Radcliffe can have confidence that the rest of the movie looks incredibly different than “Harry Potter,” but for this scene it’s “mischief managed.”