“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” brings the magic back to fans
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The Harry Potter film franchise concluded 10 years ago this year, but the story has continued with the stage play set two decades after the Battle of Hogwarts. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child begins where the 19 Years Later epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows left off; with the Boy Who Lived now a father in his late thirties. And according to the latest rumours, Warner Bros – who now own the rights to the two-part play – are considering adapting it.
WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar spoke to investors yesterday where he talked about plans to expand the Wizarding World franchise for Warner Bros and HBO Max.
He said: "There’s this little thing called Harry Potter, which is one of the most beloved franchises.
"And we’re incredibly thankful to be able to partner with J.K. Rowling and so I would argue there’s a lot of fun and potential there as well."
The Hollywood Reporter claimed that while nothing official has been announced, there has been recent speculation that Warner Bros are looking to make a Harry Potter TV series on HBO Max.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child movie 'in consideration’ after cast return talks rumours (Image: WB)
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opened in London in 2016 (Image: GETTY)
While the outlet added: "And on the movie front, there’s talk Warner Bros. could be developing a new tentpole based on the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child stage play.
"Discussion about possible sequels for Harry Potter — whose rights Warner Bros. controls along with creator J.K. Rowling — came as Kilar was talking about the creative fortunes going forward for Warner Bros."
All this is very interesting considering that back in January reliable scooper Daniel Richtman claimed that the original main cast from the Harry Potter movies have been in talks to return for a new project.
Considering Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint are now in their thirties, they're getting ever closer to the age of their characters in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Warner Bros now own the rights to the Harry Potter play (Image: WB)
Harry Potter And The Cursed Child previews begin
A couple of years ago, Express.co.uk spoke exclusively with Harry Potter movie producer Lionel Wigram about the rumours of there one day being a Cursed Child movie.
He enthused at the time that if Rowling was on board well then they'd love to make it.
Wigram said: "Whatever she wants, as far as I'm concerned, is right. I think [Cursed Child] would make a great movie. Maybe at some point she'll be ready to do that. I think it's got a wonderful, long, theatrical run…it works brilliantly as a piece of theatre.
"I love the fact that there's another aspect of the Harry Potter world which is completely different from everything else. I think it's very special as it is and there will be a time when she's maybe ready to do it [as a movie]."
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At the time Warner Bros told Express.co.uk: "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a stage play, with no plans for there to be a film."
Nevertheless, there are now three Fantastic Beasts movies left to make and no doubt the studio will be wanting to expand the Wizarding World franchise in other ways.
The Cursed Child play is in two parts, so what about a couple of films too? Or maybe even an HBO Max miniseries?
Whatever the case, no doubt Warner Bros will be wanting to make the most of the JK Rowling world in the same way Disney are with Marvel and Star Wars.
If anything Lucasfilm's Star Wars is a more obvious comparison to the potential for Harry Potter, what with a main saga surrounded by spin-offs across a long timeline set in the same universe.
Warner Bros' Fantastic Beasts series is already set almost 100 years ago, but maybe a Victorian-set series based on the upcoming Hogwarts Legacy game could be a contender?
Or perhaps a spin-off following Voldemort's original rise to power which ended with Harry getting his scar?
Hopefully, it won't be much longer before Warner Bros reveal their plans for their Wizarding World franchise.
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