‘Harry Potter’ Trademarks for Possible Spin-Off Movies Secured by Warner Bros

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Buckbeak the Hippogriff in Harry Potter Harry Potter Trademarks for Possible Spin Off Movies Secured by Warner Bros

The Harry Potter movies have altogether grossed over $7.7 billion at the box office alone, so it was always hard to imagine that Warner Bros. would keep such a lucrative franchise on the shelf for long. Sure enough, it only took two years from the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 for the studio to announce that J.K. Rowling is writing a spin-off movie based on the series’ spin-off book “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and its author Newt Scamander.

“Fantastic Beasts” is mentioned in the main novels as one of the textbooks that Harry and his friends study at Hogwarts, but in 2001, Rowling published a 42-page version of it in aid of the charity Comic Relief. The movie will feature Newt as the protagonist and will presumably be all about his adventures in the field of magizoology.

Newt Scamander is more than just the next big hero of the onscreen wizarding world, however; he’s also a registered trademark. Bleeding Cool reports that Warner Bros. has been covering a number of trademark bases, not only for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them but also for other spin-off books within the Harry Potter franchise. Newt Scamander himself and the book’s title are naturally on the list of freshly registered trademarks, but they’re not alone.

“The Tales of Beedle the Bard,” which was also written and published as a spin-off book by Rowling, is another name that has been trademarked. One of the stories from the book, “The Tale of the Three Brothers,” appeared in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, and the animation for it was highly praised by many critics. Perhaps Warner Bros. might commission further animations of the other tales, either for independent release or inclusion in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Harry Potter Quidditch team Harry Potter Trademarks for Possible Spin Off Movies Secured by Warner Bros

Would you watch a movie all about Quidditch?

Or how about a sports movie based around the noble pastime of Quidditch? The final names to become registered trademarks are all related to another Rowling spin-off book: “Quidditch Through the Ages,” by Kennilworthy Whisp. Whisp himself is now a trademark, along with the book’s title and Quidditch team names Wimbourne Wasps, Chudley Cannons and Kenmare Kestrels.

It’s important to note that Warner Bros.’ registration of these trademarks is by no means a guarantee that they will end up becoming full moves like Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The trademark covers everything from movies to TV series to video games and comic books, but there’s no telling if or when Warner Bros. will decide to adapt these specific spin-off titles. It’s likely that nothing major will be greenlit until Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has been released to test the waters of spin-off popularity.

Based on what we know so far, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them could end up being the Hobbit of the Harry Potter franchise: a story in the same universe without the fate of the entire free world having to rest upon the shoulders of the protagonist, so that there can be a greater focus on simple adventure. According to the books, Newt is only 21 when he publishes his famous book, meaning that the film would most likely follow the character in the very early stages of his career. It was apparently around this time that he managed to beat a magical creature away with a kettle, which would probably make for quite an interesting climax to his movie.


We’ll keep you updated on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as this story develops.

Source: Bleeding Cool

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  1. “he managed to beat a magical creature away with a kettle” – the kettle is a portkey. I’m calling it. Quidditch was a fun part of the earlier Harry Potter films, but I’m not sure a whole film based on it would be that amazing. I like the idea of animating the rest of the Beedle the Bard stories for the Blu-Ray release of Fantastic Beasts.

  2. as a Potterhead. Yes – Yes . Yes. A Quidditch movie – oh so exciting . This whole article had me going crazy – I can’t wait for these spinoffs – Really hope they’re brilliant

  3. A film about Quidditch? Smells like a sports movie XD

    Keep expanding the wor;d of J.K. Rowling, just don’t do any unnecessary milking 😀

  4. Yeah I’m a little torn on this. I’m such a huge Potter fan, and would love to see whatever new things we can get from that universe. On the other hand, I don’t want them milking this. That is, if these spin-offs don’t live up to the legacy of the Harry Potter books and movies, it’s going to leave a bad stigma to a series that went down as nothing short of fantastic in my eyes and many others as well. I feel the same way about Star Wars too, but that’s another topic entirely. So, I only hope they do these if we get something as fantastic as the Potter movies gave us.

  5. At least with these spinoffs, I won’t leave the cinema disappointed and a little frustrated at the movies changing big swathes from the books.

  6. So excited! JKRowlings world is so rich :) Fantastic Beasts will be great ((:

  7. EEEEEEK! This makes me so excited! When the news for FBaWTFT came out I immediately started rereading the books(almost finished with the last one!) and I for one can’t wait to re-enter the amazingly rich world Rowling created. Also, with Rowling herself writing the script, I have great faith it will be something amazing.

  8. I think a prequel story of the four house founders forming Hogwarts would be interesting and fun to see.

  9. Honestly, Warner Bros is trying to build off of Star Wars’ spin off ideas because of it’s gigantic buzz. And though it’s smart because it’ll make a bunch of money for them, I don’t think the movies will be any good. I love Harry Potter, but let’s face it, the world isn’t begging for spin off movies. Star Wars can work because there are years of intergalactic wars and planetary criminal underworlds they can tell. Harry Potter is more like a fairy tale.

    • The world isnt begging for a bobba fett movie… in all honestly harry potter has about the same size fanbase as star wars. The prequels hurt star wars rep and until j.j and co make episode 7 and regain the fanbase, harry potter is more relevent imo.

  10. Looks like they’re going to go overkill on the whole Harry Potter universe.

  11. Cant wait to see more of the world within harry potter. Although a prequel would have been cooler if they decided to go that way

  12. Since JK is doing this I’m interested. I’m down with more movies from this world but a whole movie on Quidditch probably wouldn’t work.

    • I agree, mainly because they would need to spend a solid amount of time on explaining all the rules

  13. Nice