8 ‘Harry Potter’ Spin-off Films We Want To See

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Harry Potter Spinoff Movie Ideas It may have seemed that the days of Harry Potter films had come to an end, but that's about to change now that J.K. Rowling will be writing a brand new spin-off based on her in-fiction guidebook Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them. Neither Rowling nor Warner Bros. have stated that this is a one-time experiment, and given the franchise's brand power, we'd be shocked if this was the last spin-off film set in the series' magical world of Wizards, Witches and Muggles. With that in mind, allow us to pitch 8 Harry Potter Spin-off Movies We Want to See - presented in no particular order.

The Aurors

Harry Potter Auror Movie If any profession in the world of Harry Potter was overlooked, it was unquestionably that of the Aurors. As the most elite and highly trained members of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement (a branch of the Ministry of Magic), the Aurors Office is basically a magical version of Britain's MI5 or MI6 - intelligence officers operating largely in secret. But where their real-world counterparts are tasked with tracking down enemies of the state, Aurors must tangle with the wizarding world's most deadly threats - who also happen to be wizards and witches. The films granted a look at a few Aurors - Tonks, Kingsley Shacklebolt, and 'Mad-Eye' Moody - and Harry even grew up to join their ranks; but the day-to-day risks and rewards of Aurors remained largely absent. WHY IT WOULD WORK: A film based on the Aurors' exploits would blend magic with espionage, opening doors for an adult-focused story - something truly new for the series - while retaining the element of fantasy. Historically, the British have always mastered the spy genre better than any other, so one set in the gritty (but magical) world of wizards and witches would attract audiences both old and new.

Quidditch Through The Ages

Harry Potter Quidditch Movie It's the sport that captured the imagination of both readers and moviegoers: Quidditch. Easily the most popular sport of the wizarding world, it also happened to be an impressively designed one; players trying to score on goaltenders, others attempting to cripple them, while a pair of Seekers battled head-to-head to win victory for their team. Although the sport - as popular to European wizards and witches as football to Muggles - remained a key element in the novels, the film series soon relegated it to the fringes. A true shame, since the matches that did make their way into the films were well-paced, well-shot, and action-packed. WHY IT WOULD WORK: An entire movie based around Quidditch would contain enough excitement and emotion as any sports-focused, family-friendly film tends to be, while tapping into the Harry Potter universe. Besides "Fantastic Beasts..." Rowling also penned a spin-off book detailing "Quidditch Through the Ages," so it could be the next for adaptation. A movie following a character, or an entire team, from their days at Hogwarts all the way to the Quidditch World Cup would finally give the sport the attention that the films were required to remove.

The Marauders

Harry Potter Marauders Movie The self-dubbed 'Marauders' are a no-brainer for a standalone spin-off. Their talent for mischief was evident in The Prisoner of Azkaban, in the form of The Marauders Map, allowing its user to track the location of every person in Hogwarts Castle - provided they "were up to no good." Fans know that 'Messrs Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot & Prongs' were actually Harry's father James, Remus Lupin, Sirius Black and Peter Pettigrew, masters of mischief that even Harry couldn't compete with. While J.K. Rowling has maintained for some time that she has little interest in writing a prequel, or a story based on the Marauders in particular, it's clear that by refusing to explore their time at Hogwarts, one of the most interesting stories hinted at in the series will be missed. WHY IT WOULD WORK: First off, it's not hard to see why following a group of Hogwarts students would work - it already has - but the neverending onslaught of 'coming of age' stories following trouble-making boys proves there's always an audience. Add in the fact that one of them is bitten by a werewolf, forcing his closest friends to master the art of transforming into animals to control him during full moons, and you have a story pitch that any studio would jump at. The film - set in the 1970s, no less - would also offer a chance to make Pettigrew a more sympathetic character, while introducing four potential up-and-coming young actors along the way.

The Hit Wizards

Harry Potter Hit Wizards Movie The Aurors may be entrusted with finding and capturing the biggest and baddest evil wizards, but what about the everyday criminals and crime bosses working beneath the surface of metropolitan Muggle cities? Those tasks are too menial for Aurors to deal with, so they fall to the men and women of the Magical Law Enforcement Squad. Clearly, J.K. Rowling knew just how promising this element of magical crime was, since she dubbed these magic policemen - we kid you not - Hit Wizards. If that alone doesn't make our case for a film following the Hit Wizards and Hit Witches in their everyday investigations into magical crimes, nothing will. But fans of Harry Potter have already gotten a taste of a battle of good and evil on as high-stakes a scale as possible; why not show them a world that is just as dangerous, but wasn't deemed important enough to play a major role in the tale of The Boy Who Lived. WHY IT WOULD WORK: With the current crop of blockbusters based on worldwide threats showing no signs of slowing, Warner Bros. would be wise to invest in other genres (perhaps their decision to adapt a story of fantastic creatures shows they're well aware). Specifically, not a magical world that exists in some far-off place of castles and forests, but in the very cities the audiences inhabit. That was part of the premise of The Mortal Instruments, but after that film fumbled the idea, we're confident the minds behind Harry Potter could make it work.

Department of Mysteries

Harry Potter Department of Mysteries Movie The setting of the Harry Potter series is a world in which the rules of reality no longer apply. Even so, the students of Hogwarts (and even full-grown wizards and witches) only ever seem to be granted a relatively safe level of power. Think about it: the magic in the film shows mastery of time travel, the ability to erase a person's memory, and even partially resurrect the essence of the deceased; yet Harry and his friends spend most of their time shooting spells as if they're sci-fi blasters. There's a reason for the limits the Ministry of Magic places on everyday magic, and most of them could be explained by the men and women working in the Department of Mysteries. With secret investigations into love, death, time, space, and thought carried out in the department by the 'Unspeakables' who work there, the brief tour of its offices seen in The Order of the Phoenix gave barely a glimpse of its contents. WHY IT WOULD WORK: If nothing else, Inception proved that mass audiences are intrigued, not intimidated by films that challenge their notions of reality, so long as they're entertaining in the process. Paired with the existing history of the Harry Potter universe, and crowds would flock to a film that embraced the surreal aspects of the fiction, and dove headlong into the deepest, darkest mysteries of magic. In the hands of the right director, this blurring of fantasy and abstract emotion in a physical place where nearly anything is possible, could start its very own franchise.

Dragonologists

Harry Potter Dragon Movie Seriously, who doesn't love dragons? Not content with simply featuring dragons for the sake of spectacle, the franchise introduced specific breeds - the Chinese Fireball, Hungarian Horntail, and the Ukrainian Ironbelly, to name a few. Yet, as is the case with most magical beings in the Harry Potter universe, J.K. Rowling went into great detail on the capture and keeping of dragons, whether it be by members of the Committee for the Disposal of Dangerous Creatures a.k.a. 'Dragon killers,' or those trusted to handle them in captivity, known as dragonologists. It takes more than a dozen wizards or witches to typically bring down a dragon, and are kept in isolation from the Muggle world by dragon keepers like Charlie Weasley. If they ever got out... WHY IT WOULD WORK: Fact: a dragon will always attract more fans than a movie without dragons. But fans of the Harry Potter series know just how practically the creatures were dealt with in the books and film, meaning they would also know how big a deal an outbreak of the fire-breathing creatures would be. Even a film based around the hunting and capture of dragons - featuring Charlie Weasley as a major character, perhaps - would be possible, since Charlie's job was time-consuming enough to keep him from Hogwarts during the rise of Voldemort. A fill-in-the-gaps 'interquel,' anyone?

Magic Crosses The Pond

Harry Potter American Movie A casual observer of the Harry Potter franchise might make the assumption that wizards and witches are a uniquely British phenomenon, or, given the rest of characters seen in the films, a European one. But that's not the case at all; surely the differences between cultures would make a film chronicling the wizarding world of the United States worthwhile? After all, America has its very own Quidditch league, with its most famed pitch located (secretly) in New England. Although Harry Potter proved to be as popular in the United Kingdom as one might expect, the series was every bit as embraced in North America - look to the popularity of 'The Wizarding World of Harry Potter' at Orlando's Universal Studios for evidence. Doesn't it follow, then, to introduce more stories set in the North American world of wizards and witches? WHY IT WOULD WORK: Overlooking the sheer marketing dream of 'Harry Potter coming to America,' a new setting, and in the process, a new approach to magical men and women living in secret could take the series in a new direction, for an entirely new generation of young audiences. Would American wizards and witches deal with the same issues as their British counterparts? Since few Americans ever showed up in Hogwarts, we'd guess there's an American school of magic hidden somewhere - ripe for exploration, if you ask us.

Neville Again

Harry Potter Neville Longbottom Movie The perennial underdog of the series, Neville Longbottom started as somewhat of a joke when compared to his courageous and outspoken fellow Gryffindors. Neville proved his friendship and character in the end, saving the day in The Deathly Hallows: Part 2, but we shouldn't forget: both Neville and Harry were potentially the 'chosen one' prophesied to bring down Lord Voldemort (Voldemort chose Harry, granting him his own powers in the process). Had Voldemort chosen differently, the entire franchise might be named after Longbottom. Potter may have gotten the glory, but Neville's own greatness found him working as an Auror after Voldemort had been defeated, before ending us up a professor of Herbology at Hogwarts. That leaves almost two decades' time in which anything could have happened to Longbottom, including a chance to see Hogwarts from a new perspective. WHY IT WOULD WORK: In the time since production wrapped on the Harry Potter films, Matthew Lewis, who played Neville, has undergone a bit of a change. For those who haven't kept up with the fan community, his new fit physique (and teeth) have made him somewhat of a heartthrob among Potter fans, spawning numerous internet memes claiming the same. Already a fan-favorite of the series, a film focused on Neville would capitalize on that excitement, while fleshing out one of the more heartbreaking back stories of the cast.

Conclusion

Harry Potter Spinoff Films List Those are just a handful of our ideas for Harry Potter characters and concepts that are ripe for their own adventure, but be sure to add your to the list. Which wizards and witches do you think we might be seeing in their very own film? Should spin-offs be left to new or secondary characters, or keep the fan-favorites as the heart of the film? Leave your own ideas in the comments. _____ We'll see our first dose of a Harry Potter spin-off with Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them. Follow Andrew on Twitter @andrew_dyce.
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  1. DEPARTMENT OF MYSTERY is an excellent candidate for a TV series by a network like A&E or HBO.

  2. LOL… Definitely… Bond with a broom and wand. Sorry, funny image. It would have some potential though… Get away from the younger audience, make it a bit more mature and pull in the people that grew up loving the books and series. Just have to keep it somewhat believable to be in the HP magical world.

  3. What do you guys think about the idea that Voldemort’s followers are still around and/or maybe with an apprentice of Voldemort that would continue his work..? Or maybe Voldemort was actually the apprentice of someone much more powerful..?

  4. I would probably sell a kidney for Harry Potter: Voldemort Rising.
    An origin story ranging from his childhood (fragments in the books) up to his temporary demise during that memorable night Harry got scarred.
    Goosebumps!

  5. THE MARAUDERS. I want to see that happen so bad. The books and the movies make so much hints about what their teenage years have been that it makes me want to see it (or read it, I wouldn’t deny a book, either.)

    • I agree! Only Rowling’s vision & supervision of screenplay would make this work! Warner Bros successful relationship with Rowling should encourage a collaboration! Started to campaign on Twitter: Benedict Cumberbatch as Snape! That should be the hook & bait!!! I need this movie badly!

  6. I’d like to see, Harry Potter, the rise of Dumbledore. I’d like to see the story to the rise of his power to head master

  7. All these ideas put together almost sounds like a HARRY POTTER version of AGENTS OF SHIELD. An intriguing notion.

  8. In 2011 a new tv show series was announced,based in the world of Harry Potter called The Aurors.Not sure what company claimed this information…it might have been IGN.Sadly it was an April fool’s joke

  9. Other ideas:
    Founders – The building and first few years of Hogwarts. Seeing the relationships between the four founders and even showing what really happened to make Slytherin leave.
    Epilogue – A look at what happened in the 19 years between the defeat of Voldemort and the epilogue. We could see the trio getting jobs, starting families and get a good look at a world without the threat of Voldemort. If not a movie, then it would work well as a tv series.
    James and Lily – Instead of them at Hogwarts, we could see them after Hogwarts. Joining the Order, having Harry and then dying.

  10. I would like to see a movie about the Marauders, they could also put Snape’s story in that with them since he would have to be in it, and it’ll give the movie more. Also put in Sirius’s home life.

    Also one that shows Harry’s kids, and what they get up to in Hogwarts.

    Maybe one about Voldemort’s parents or at least his mother Merpoe her whole story.

    One about The Weasley family and Black family,

    One I most like to see is one on Voldemort, it can start with his mom giving birth to him, then his life before and after Hogwarts, all the way up to him making the Horcruxes, getting Nagini, forming the Death Eaters, all the way up to him killing the Potters. There is just so much they could do with a story like that, and I would love to know more about what really made him so evil, oh and how he come up with calling himself Voldemort and when he made the name change.

  11. harry potter spinoff “fantastic beasts” gets its release date
    http://bit.ly/1qBMLp9
    #harrypotter #jkrowling #FantasticBeasts

  12. I actually am seeing these movies happening, in my imagination I mean.

    A film series based on the founding of Hogwarts with Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Rowena Ravenclaw and Salazar Slytherin as the main characters would be great, and maybe throw Helena Ravenclaw and Bloody Baron one-sided love story in between, I want Rowling to write the books based on it too, though

  13. I think that they should make a movie (movies) about how Tom Riddle came to become Voldemort. Yes, we know some of it from the Harry Potter books and movies, but we don’t know ALL of it. What started all the evil? What made him hate muggles so much? What made him want to live forever, so much that he was willing to kill so many people? etc. etc.
    Plus, we can see Harry’s parents and maybe even Ron’s parents growing up too. And just see what the wizarding world was like in the 1940′s. :)

  14. Great ideas but you missed the forest for the trees; why is the “Ministry of Magic” in England? Or is that Ministry only for that part of the world? Does the US or China have their own Ministry? What’s the history of how Wizards & Witches became “civilized/organized” & ended up needing their current structure & infrastructure? How far back do they go? When did the Wizarding World decide they had to live in secrecy from the larger Muggle World?

    So much History:

    The Wizarding World Int’l: A History!

    PS What would Wizarding folk look & act like in California…or Hollywood?!

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