A few weeks ago HARRY POTTER fans started to buzz about the possibility of a continuation for the beloved series. Reason being that there’s a play opening in London called HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED child which is, essentially, a sequel to the final Potter book. What’s more, it’s actually based on a story by J.K. Rowling herself. So that got people thinking: “Hmm, it’s already a play. The story is canon. Now a book version of the play is on the way. It’s only a matter of time before it’s adapted into another movie!“
To that, Rowling says: Not so fast!
Yes, Rowling took to twitter to reply to a fan who said they’d “heard” Cursed Child was becoming a movie. She said, “You heard wrong, I’m afraid. Cursed Child is a play.” So Rowling seems fairly adamant that the target for her CURSED CHILD story is firmly aimed at the stage.
But she also, in that same message, said “Fantastic Beasts will be 3 movies, though!” This confirms that the upcoming film FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, set in the same world as HARRY POTTER but sharing no direct ties, is intended to launch a trilogy. The film,starring Eddie Redmayne, is directed by POTTER veteran David Yates, and is based on a script by Rowling.
That likely doesn’t surprise anyone, since Warner Bros has been dying for a franchise on the level of the Potter series ever since HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS- Pt 2 finished its run in 2011.
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM comes out on November 18. HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD comes out…well, never, according to Rowling. Unless you’re a theatergoer in London, of course.