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. And no Hogwarts founding story ?

    • +1

    • That would be a cool one

    • Sean Bean should be Godric

      • OMG YES!

        But he dies by the end of the movie haha

        • +1

    • Absolutely:

      “The Hogwarts Chronicles” should be a state-of-the-art TV mini series about the foundation of Hogwarts, just like “The Pillars of the Earth” meeting “Game of Thrones”… fantasy, yes, but a lot more gritty and brooding, given the medieval nature of the subject. We could have Gryffindor, Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw trying to protect witches and wizard from being burnt by the Muggles’ inquisition while Slytherin takes a more agressive approach towards the matter, using dark magic to punish muggle clergymen and civilians. The entire story could be linked to the Merlin / Arthur saga and/or the Robin Hood tales, grounding the Wizarding World deeper in Anglo-Saxon mythology.

  2. How about none and just focus on getting this DC Universe off the ground a bit more.

    • That is just as ignorant as saying that Disney cant make animated films because they need to keep Marvel films rolling out. WB can do both. 2 juggernaut franchises are better than one.

    • They want to have at least one franchise work for the money while they are working on DC.

    • Negative. The DC universe is shrewed anyway. They have already wasted far too much valuable time over the last 20 years. Marvel and its partner studios have created at least three huge movie franchises by now (Spidey, X-Men/FF, The Avengers) and with at least 3 new Marvel based pictures streeting every year, there will be comic book genre fatigue in no time. A Supes vs Batman event might still up the ante for once, but with Marvel entering phase 3 of the Avengers project, interest will be down significantly. It can’t go on forever. By the time a fully fleshed-out Justice League movie comes out, people will probably be oversatured beyond nausea…

      That said, while I do like comic book movies, anything based on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is far more to my taste and preference. It’s an entirely different league to me. It’s the difference between liking and loving something. But that’s only from my point of view…

      • screwed, not shrewed

        • This guy does have a valid point!

          The love for comic book movies will die down eventually…I agree WB/DC have probably missed the boat.

  3. Whoop! Disappointed with the last 5 movies, I’d say Yay but no more Harry Potter generation. It would be fun seeing the James & Sirius generation though. As long as no Emma Watson and David Yates, that’s fine.

    • You suck

  4. PS: And it’s gonna be a movie series from that I gathered

  5. You know what I’d rather see? A good sandbox-style video game set in the Potter world. Like maybe you’re a rookie Auror working your way up the ranks or something. Rowling created such a rich world, I think it’s a shame we never got a good video game out of it.

    Another idea: a 2k sports quidditch game, with association mode, create-a-player, the works. I would play the heck out of a good quidditch simulator.

    • There is a Harry Potter Quidditch game… it’s actually pretty fun.

      You play as one of the four houses of Hogwarts and once you win the cup you get to play as a team in the Quidditch World Cup series.

      Harry Potter Quidditch World Cup is the name of it.

  6. You didn’t list a film based on Hogwarts Four Founders or of the First Wizarding War? Two ideas that Harry Potter fans have been clamoring for since forever?

    Also, regarding the “Magic crosses the Pond” idea, I read that the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” movie will take place in New York, so we are getting that.

    • That is what I would love to see. Seeing Godric, Helga and Rowena disagree with Salazar would be priceless. Maybe WB and Rowling are just gonna continue to go backwards in time in the wizarding world. That way we can see even more history of the franchise.

  7. a lot of these films are good ideas but with all of them they would need to chose good characters to be in the films. for instance, an aurors film about kingsley or neville longbottoms parents would be amazing. Kingsley just because he is a brilliant character and the longbottoms because they are an unknown with an interesting back story.
    the marauders would be a good film. being able to see harrys parents and what they are like would be interesting. however, it would only work with amazing new actors cast like douglas booth as james, nicholas braun as lupin, aneurin barnard as sirus, iwan rheon as peter and felicity jones as lily. would be a good cast.
    a film about neville would be good as well just because he was the unsung hero in the end of everything.
    the other films arent really that interesting, nobody really wants to know the history of something. thats more of a tv show than a film

  8. Aurors would be great. The Marauders sounds great as well. Department of Mysteries sounds interesting.

    Please anything to continue the Wizarding World!!!!!

  9. A film about Madeye Moody would be awesome. It could be about when he first becomes an auror, and there could cameos of other older aurors mentioned, like scrimgeour, crouch and the Longbottoms. If I wrote the story, Moody would be paired up with a more experienced auror, and they would go investigate some dark wizards. Moody would notice that his partner would always kill the dark wizards. Near the end, Moody would discover that his partner was secretly a dark wizard behind many of the bad things happening, and was killing the dark wizards who could rat him out. After an epic battle between the two where Moody loses his eye but would eventually win, Moody would decide to capture, not kill dark wizards because he doesn’t want to go down the road of his partner. This experience would also lead him to become super paranoid. It would work because he’s not only a great character, he would be younger and less battle-scarred, so they could get a good-looking actor.

  10. I would just like to know what was behind the archway that Sirius fell through in the Order of the Phoenix

    • I can’t recall properly but I’m sure that arch wasn’t even in the book. He was struck down dead and I think the movie version strayed slightly to not show his dead body on screen.

    • It’s death. In the books, Black was hit by a spell, which caused him to fall through the archway, but no body came out the other side. The Harry Potter wiki calls it The Veil.

      “The Veil is the barrier between the land of the living and the land of the dead. One cannot travel freely between the two worlds, as it is a one-way trip. Inexperienced wizards know nothing about it, but the much more experienced wizards may have heard about it, and the Unspeakables who work in the Department of Mysteries have likely studied it closely.

      Though the living could have the strangest feeling that there was someone standing right behind the Veil on the otherside of the archway, their words are inaudible except for “faint whispering and murmuring noises” coming from the other side of the Veil. If those who hear the whispering stare at the archway long enough, they shortly become entranced and mesmerised by it and feeling a very strong inclination to climb up on the dais and walk through it.

      However, this would prove fatal, as passing through the Veil would cause instant death. The Veil reacts to the passage of a living person by fluttering for a moment “as though in a high wind,” then falling back into place. It is impossible for others to pull whoever passes through out without passing through and dying themselves, and it was already too late for those passing through to be saved (despite only a few seconds passing), as they were already dead.

      http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Veil

  11. Harry & Ron : Magic Cops

    • Like lethal Weapon

  12. the trios kids

  13. I would love to see any of the ideas brought up in the article (as well as the founding of Hogwarts mentioned above). I also wouldn’t mind a future “postquel”, or distant epilogue, with one the big there’s descendents remembering later, different adventures or even more intimate , personal stories of their families and/or the wizarding world at large.

    MORE Potterverse!

    • *with one of the big three’s descendents*

      Sheesh.

      • *descendants*

        Good grief.

  14. I’d like to see a bit of an alternative turn on the world of Harry Potter. What if his parents remained alive and he wasn’t an orphan and he didn’t have these connections to Voldemort, with the scar and all? However, he was still known as the Boy Who Lived because his parents defeated Voldemort and saved him. He still goes to Hogwarts. He befriends Ron and Hermione. Sirius is never sent to Azkaban. The Potters help Dumbledore rid away the Death Eaters. Harry ends up with Hermione. Voldemort is defeated. The whole cast should return. Bring back Alfonso Cuaron and there we go

    • No!

  15. An american set-up in the HP-world story would be cool if it were America(North & South).
    The only film I don’t fully agree with is the Dept. Of Mysteries one as it would need much better writers and director than those who did the films.

  16. Harry Potter: Aurors. Or Harry Potter: Age of Aurors if you prefer. Didn’t Harry become an auror after graduating? I’d quite like to see a film where Harry’s a confident badass uberwizard doing James-Bond-with-magic stuff. Something to just round off the franchise which shows that he’s still fighting the good fight and hangs out with his friends with an obligatory getting-the-team-back-together mission where they go somewhere not-in-England.

  17. I like the first idea, but the others…eh. Two that should really be on this list:

    1) The Founding of Hogwarts

    2) Dumbledore prequel

  18. I grew up with Hp. It holds such great memories with me. Every Christmas I looked forward to a new Hp movie. It is by far my fav movie/movies ever. And trust me I watch alota movies. I would hate to c it tarrnished. But I will hold out onnskepticizem, until I c a trailer. Shout out to Ricky Hallows if your still around. Hp for ever.

  19. The Auror one should have Daniel Craig as the lead.

    • Yeh and he should wear a smart suit a lot of the time, and maybe be a womaniser, has access to cool gadgets and is very specific with his drinks.

      But what could be call him?!
      :-)

  20. All of these ideas sound good to me. There is so much good material in the universe that Rowling created and it would be saddening if they did not delve deeper into it. With this much interesting material it would be cool if they made a television series that chronicles key points in the universe. Like the first two seasons would focus on the founding of Hogwarts/First Wizard War, and the next seasons would cover other historical events.

  21. I think everyone wants a Marauders film. Also a Department of Mysteries TV series in the vein of Eureka or Warehouse 13 could be cool – it’s better suited for a serial format than film in my opinion.

    The best part about a lot of these films is that there’s plenty of cool mythos and backstory to flesh out, but it won’t be based on a specific book or story so the crazy purist fans won’t set unrealistic expectations for this. And I say this as a huge fan of the books – I think too many people stopped themselves from enjoying the movies because they expected ridiculous things.

    They could also do an Aurors/Dept of Magical Law Enforcement-type crime drama serial, which could be epic. I really think most of these ideas lend themselves better to TV shows that movies, although it’d need quite a budget.

    As for the Founders movie or Dumbledore movie or Wizarding War movie that lots of people here seem to want… sometimes I think less is more, and that leaving certain stories to the imagination is better than actually trying to put them on paper or screen. We already know the bulk of Dumbledore’s backstory, why do we need to see it played out? Will the Dumbledore-Grindelwald duel really live up to the epicness we were told it was? Fair enough, I could imagine a (PG13) Game of Thrones-style movie set several centuries back but it would need some seriously good writing to pull off, because anything less would cheapen it.

    Which brings me to the next point… Rowling should ideally have input into most if not all these projects. I’m not saying she should write the scripts (not a good idea in general) but given that she did build that universe in the first place, I’d say she’s the best person to flesh out the story ideas or the mythology, while leaving the writing to someone else.

    This is all probably a question of when, not if in the long run… I can’t see WB passing up a chance to spin-off more movies, especially now that older franchises like Star Wars are doing the same.

    • I could not have said it better myself.

  22. Yeah, I thought they’ll have an origin story. Maybe call it, “Hogwarts: The Pillars” or so. Haha! And Yeah, Sean Bean could be Godric Gryffindor, and Nicholas Cage could be Salazar Slytherin! ROTFL!

  23. how about the story of dumbledore on his journey to find power before the events of harry potter saga?

  24. I remember a few years ago reading about how WB was interested in doing a Law & Order type TV show but set in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Is that still an option?

  25. Ummm…. Snape.

    I would also love a Marauders movie. It would also have to have Snape in it, but I feel like he would be less sympathetic in that movie though.

    • Less sympathetic in what way?

      The flashbacks in the books and movies showed Snape as a quiet kid that was constantly bullied by Potter, Black, Pettigrew and Lupin.

      I’d say that makes him as sympathetic as it gets.

  26. What about a Snape movie? I’d like to learn a little more about his past, especially as the Half-Blooded Prince!

  27. How about the fact that Voldemort’s followers are still around and maybe with an apprentice of Voldemort that would continue his work..?

    • I already saw that movie once…it was called Star Wars.

  28. Harry Potter in America could be a film based on a fight to the death with Sabrina the teenage witch and the witch from Bewitched… I’m sure audiences would flock to that film in their droves… Not.

  29. most of these would be better as tv shows

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