‘Harry Potter’ Star Daniel Radcliffe To Host SNL!

by Kat Rosenfield

Set your DVRs, Potterheads: after vanquishing the Dark Lord in the eighth and final film of the HP franchise this summer, Daniel Radcliffe is about to take on the Voldemort of television hosting duties with his very first turn on Saturday Night Live! The actor will take the stage at Rockefeller Center on January 14th, along with musical guest Lana Del Rey, just a few short weeks before his new movie “The Woman In Black” premieres in theaters.

Considering Daniel’s immense fame, it’s a little surprising that he hasn’t scored an SNL hosting gig before — and that means that, for the first time ever, the show’s clever crew of writers can have their way with one of the “Harry Potter” cast members. What can we expect from the show? It’s anyone’s guess, but we’re hoping for sketches that showcase Daniel’s unique history on stage and screen. For instance…

After Daniel’s starring turn in “How to Succeed in Business” this year, we’re expecting him to follow in the footsteps of Christopher Walken with an all-out, fully choreographed singing monologue to start off the show.

Scared Straight, Hogwarts-style!
Kenan Thompson is often joined by guest hosts in this sketch, where the two play convicts charged with terrifying a group of juvenile delinquents into staying out of trouble. The dementor jokes are writing themselves as we speak.

Harry Potter And The Digital Short
After all these long years of waiting, it’ll be truly devastating if Andy Samberg and co don’t jump at this chance to write a slow, sensuous ballad full of wand-related double entendre. Also, LOTS of auto-tune.

Got any sketch ideas for Daniel’s first turn on SNL? Let us know in the comments section and on Twitter!