Fans would love to see a Harry Potter And The Cursed Child movie come together, but will a big screen version of Harry's "final" adventure ever happen? The Harry Potter movies are based on the best-selling book series by J.K. Rowling, with the first movie being 2001's Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone. The release of a new movie would become a major event over the next decade, with the series coming to a close with the eighth installment Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows - Part 2 in 2011.
Of course, the Harry Potter brand is much too popular to simply stop, so the franchise has continued in other avenues. Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them from 2016 is a prequel film set over 60 years before the original Harry Potter film, which follows Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). The second film in the series, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald, featured a younger version of Albus Dumbledore, played by Jude Law. Harry's story also continued in stage play Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, written by Jack Thorne from a story co-written by Rowling, which opened to critical acclaim in 2016.
The play follows a grown-up Harry and his son Albus as they have to deal with some new revelations from the past. Talk of a Harry Potter And The Cursed Child movie cropped up from the moment the play was announced, but will it actually happen?
J.K. Rowling Has Ruled Out A Cursed Child Movie
J.K. Rowling has squashed talk of a Harry Potter And The Cursed Child movie anytime it comes up. To the author, not only does the story represent the final adventure of the title character but it will remain a play. She's taken to social media numerous times an unconfirmed reports crop up suggesting Warner Bros are pursuing a new movie or potential trilogy from the play, reaffirming there are no plans, which is something the studio has also stated.
The Fantastic Beasts Franchise Is The Current Priority
The Fantastic Beasts movie franchise was originally intended to be a trilogy, but it was confirmed in late 2016 the story would span five films instead. On the movie side of the Harry Potter universe, the studio remains committed to the Fantastic Beasts storyline. That said, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald was something of a critical and box-office disappointment to the studio. The third movie is set for release in 2020, but if doesn't perform to expectations either, the five-movie plan might be revised.
Daniel Radcliffe Is Open To Returning As Harry Potter - Eventually
Daniel Radcliffe hasn't closed the door on the idea of returning as Harry Potter, but he wants to focus on other projects for now. The star was only 11 when he starred in the first movie and the juggernaut the series became would span a decade of his career. Radcliffe has since branched out to different kinds of parts, from horror movie Horns to dark comedy series Miracle Workers. Harry Potter is 37 during the events of Cursed Child, so Radcliffe has a few more years to go before he's in the right age range for a potential movie adaptation.
Realistically, a Harry Potter And The Cursed Child movie will almost certainly happen, but not for many years. Radcliffe is too young to play older Harry, the stage play is still a huge success and the Fantastic Beasts spinoff series is still going. A Cursed Child movie is a license to print money, and further spinoffs focusing on Harry's children beyond that is also a possibility. Fans will just have to be a little patient for the project to come together.