The seventh and final Harry Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, came out in 2007. Warner Bros. released a two part film adaptation of that book in 2010 and 2011. Despite Voldemort being defeated, the franchise is far from over. This fall sees the premiere of the spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, an all-new adventure based on the Hogwarts textbook of the same name. In addition, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has returned to the universe, creating a story for the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Like so many other iconic properties before it, Harry Potter is poised to have a major comeback.
Fans are very excited to see more of the wizarding world they fell in love with all those years ago, hoping that it has a very bright future. Those hoping that the property stays in the spotlight for an extended period of time will be happy to hear that is the plan, as Rowling herself says WB is working on a trilogy of films.
On Twitter, Rowling replied to an enthusiastic fan claiming to have heard that a cinematic interpretation of Cursed Child is coming through the pipeline. The author quickly dashed any dreams of that, but Rowling did mention that Fantastic Beasts will be getting a pair of sequels, at the very least:
The news of Newt Scalamander’s (Eddie Redmayne) journeys continuing isn’t all that shocking, since it’s long been reported that WB has locked down release dates for the second and third films in the series. The larger development is that there currently is no intention to turn Cursed Child into a movie, even though the two-part play will be published as a book this summer. Since that story revolves around the classic Harry Potter characters, 19 years after Deathly Hallows, there were probably many hoping that Cursed Child would be brought to the big screen at some point. As the success of films like Creed and Star Wars: The Force Awakens showed last year, there’s a lot of potential with bringing back old favorites years after they were last seen.
Of course, there’s always the possibility this could change down the line, as a Cursed Child film adaptation is something that’s sure to generate a tidy profit at the box office. WB could be holding off on it for now to keep the attention on the Fantastic Beasts pictures. If the return of Harry Potter and his friends was announced, that could possibly overshadow anything else the studio is working on. Also, it’s worth pointing out that stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson (who would almost have to return for a Cursed Child film) are all still fairly young to portray older versions of their characters convincingly. The filmmakers could theoretically use makeup or digital effects to age the actors, but that didn’t go over so well in Deathly Hallows – Part 2.
Even if a Cursed Child movie is never made, it wouldn’t be the worst thing. When it comes to massive franchises in this day and age, multimedia is the name of the game. To compliment film releases, brands like Marvel and Star Wars have TV shows, comics, and novels to fill out a cohesive series canon with a multitude of stories for fans to enjoy. It’s only fitting that Harry Potter would be the next one to incorporate this model, and it will be interesting to see how it continues moving forward.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits theaters November 18, 2016. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be published in book form this summer.
Source: J.K. Rowling
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