Warner Bros. Report reveals why they scrapped plans for Harry Potter sequels

Warner Bros. can’t seem to get enough of Harry Potter. Years after they completed the final edit of the series’ books, WB is still making prequels set in the world of Fantastic Beasts, there’s a TV show in the works and they put a lot of money into that big cast reunion on HBO Max. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that the studio nurtured the idea of ​​adapting Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to the screen. Written for the stage, the script tells an untold story from the Wizarding World, but also features key characters from the original novels — something Fantastic Beasts usually doesn’t have.

According to puckWarner was interested in potentially translating the play into two films, but series creator JK Rowling and her representatives were not interested. More than the artistic questions it raised, Rowling (along with stage producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender) was seemingly concerned about the play hurting while it was still a fairly new hit. Meanwhile, not everyone at WB was enthusiastic, because it would mean that the Fantastic Beasts experiment was a dead end.

Whether Rowling and his company would be more open to such a project — it’s been six years now and the piece has already opened in five markets — is anyone’s guess. It still hasn’t gone through its entire natural theatrical life cycle, including touring company and cruise ship openings, but the further she gets from The Deathly Hallowsthe more willing Rowling seems to be to exploit the Potter IP in various ways.

cursed child takes place almost 20 years after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and features adult versions of some of the original characters as supporting players. That could be huge for the fandom, but also poses a problem because at this point it seems unlikely that Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson would return to the roles – something that would presumably be key to the appeal of a legacy sequel.

In any case, Warner Bros. Discovery not to be deterred by the rapidly diminishing fortunes of the Fanastic Beasts franchise (the first episode made over $800 million at the box office, with subsequent episodes dropping by about $200 million each), and plans to continue with more Wizarding World content. What form that content will take and whether fans will ever see the original cast again is pretty much up in the air at this point.

Radcliffe has said he could reconsider a return to the role “in the distant future”, but he hasn’t done so for now. went on of the part.

“I’m never going to say never,” Radcliffe said The New York Times. “But the Star Wars guys had about 30, 40 years before going back. It’s only 10 for me. It’s not something I’m really interested in right now.”

Watson could be an even tougher sell. Rumor has it that she has no interest in working with Rowling again.

Both Radcliffe and Watson have, to varying degrees, argued with Rowling over the transphobic rhetoric she uses on Twitter. It’s certainly hard to argue that someone’s “cancelled” when they’re still getting hundreds of millions of dollars to make movies and TV shows, but it’s likely that to get the cast back, Rowling would either have to retract her comments. – – something she’s refused to do in the past when confronted – or play a less prominent role in the franchise. The latter feels even more unlikely than the former, as Rowling only took a short break from Wizarding World before starting to expand it beyond that first little corner of Hogwarts.

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