Although the main book series ended in 2007 and their movie adaptations in 2011, Harry Potter's never really gone away. Through Pottermore, J.K. Rowling's been consistently expanding the Wizard World with reams of background and new short stories - although it was last year when Potter fever properly exploded again. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was one of the biggest movies of 2016, kicking off a five-movie prequel series that will delve into Dumbledore's past, while stageplay sequel Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a West End smash, with tickets selling out in seconds and the play's script a best-seller in book form.
Ever since The Cursed Child was announced, there's been an expectation that the story of a grown-up Harry and his children would eventually be turned into a film. Rumors it was part of Warner Bros' plans for the franchise, perhaps as a trilogy, first hit when the play opened and have been rekindled by new comments made by journalist Jim Hill. The latter has claimed that movies based on the eighth Harry Potter adventure are in the pipeline and that Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson had been approached, with plans for a Star Wars: The Force Awakens-style return to their Harry Potter roles in a decade or so.
However, as exciting as that sounds, it looks like it may just be hearsay. Responding the story, Rowling took to Twitter to resolutely debunk the rumors, saying there was "NO TRUTH" to the talk:
I know a lot of people are looking for reasons to be cheerful today, but there is NO TRUTH to the rumour about a #CursedChild movie trilogy!
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 20, 2017
This isn't the first time Rowling's spoken out against there being a film based on The Cursed Child. During the the lead up to the play's opening, she corrected an excited fan saying that they had heard that Cursed Child was also becoming a movie.
Still, it would be surprising if Warner Bros. haven't at least considered continuing the Harry Potter story on screen - it was, until the Marvel Cinematic Universe came along, the highest grossing franchise of all time - although as the creator maintains serious control of the series, Rowling has the ability to block anything she doesn't agree with. And it's easy to see why the author may want to keep The Cursed Child on the stage; exclusive experience aside, the story was clearly written to be a play, with lot of strange plot turns that would feel weird onscreen (including appearances from characters played by now dead actors) and entire sequences built around showing off practical effects.
Of course, Rowling is also known for changing her mind. She said she was done with Harry Potter after Deathly Hallows, but that didn't last long at all. Indeed, in her tweet from last February correcting the rumors, she said Fantastic Beasts was only going to be three movies, which highlights how variable these things can be. Still, for now, it looks like fans will have to make do with a prequel pentalogy and an ever-growing backstory to get their Potter fix.
Source: J.K. Rowling
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald/Fantastic Beasts 2 (2018) release date: Nov 16, 2018