Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which was written by Jack Thorne in conjunction with J.K. Rowling and is directed by John Tiffany, revisits Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, and their families 19 years into the future from the point we last saw our heroes — namely Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which concluded the first film series in 2011. The story will focus on Harry’s second son, Albus Severus, who has grown to struggle with the notoriety his father had gained by becoming The Boy Who Lived so many years before.
Now The Cursed Child may soon join the Rowling film universe after all. The two-part play series, which officially opens at London’s West End Palace Theatre on July 30th, was originally scripted for the stage. But, thanks to the Rita Skeeter-approved sleuthing skills of the Potter faithful, we now have reason to believe it could become the third cinematic portion of the Wizarding World as well.
Warner Bros., the studio responsible for all eight of the original Harry Potter film installments released from 2001-2011 and now Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them prequel series, reportedly filed for copyright protection for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in Great Britain on July 8th, as uncovered by Hypable. The specific type of protection the studio has filed for, according to their research, indicates that Warners is possibly planning to take this additional piece of the Potter universe to the silver screen, too, which is great news for those fans who can’t afford to fly out to Great Britain to see the play during its live run.
The combined Parts One and Two script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is set to release in book format on July 31st, a day after the show’s official launch (it’s been running preview shows since June 7th, which is how Emma Watson and others have already gotten to watch it).
Rowling herself has previously dispelled rumors that The Cursed Child would become a film series, after a fan relayed hearing a rumor to that effect back in February 2016. In response, she wrote, “You heard wrong, I’m afraid. #CursedChild is a play. #FantasticBeasts will be 3 movies, though!”
Has Warners successfully performed a confundus spell on the Potter scribe to change her mind about letting her sequel series hit the big screen, too? Maybe so, but nothing official has been announced yet, so Potter fans will have to patiently await the Hogwarts Express’ next arrival, if and when it may arrive. But this copyright claim is certainly a good sign of things to come.
Coincidentally enough, actor Daniel Radcliffe — who portrayed Harry Potter from his boy wizard days right on up to the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 epilogue, which first introduced sight of his three children — recently admitted that he hasn’t completely ruled out the possibility of reprising the character, saying, “It would depend on the script.” (He’s openly refused to see Cursed Child during its theatrical run, for what it’s worth, but said it was because he didn’t want to distract audiences from watching the play itself.)
So, everyone quietly whisper a little “accio Cursed Child movie” action and prepare for what is already in the pipeline: Fantastic Beasts, the script for which was written by Rowling herself in her screenwriter debut, is scheduled to hit U.S. theaters on November 18th, 2016, and the author-turned-scribe has reportedly already got film two written and ready to follow as well.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: The Official Script Book will hit shelves on July 31st.