The Harry Potter movie franchise has been a massive hit for Warner Bros. With all the films, and their triumphant showings on TV and HBO Max, as well as the well-received reunion, it would make sense for the studio to try to make more. The Fantastic Beasts movies started off well, but have since not been big with audiences, but the story Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has been a hit on stage, leaving some to wonder why we haven’t seen it on the big screen.
WB was ready to go with a two-movie pitch for the play, which features characters from the original films, but they were stopped leaving fans wondering why.
In a recent report from Puck, they say the studio was ready to roll, but the book series author J.K. Rowling and her representatives were not interested. Rowling, along with stage producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender, was seemingly worried about hurting the play while it was still a fairly fresh hit. Meanwhile, not everyone at WB was sold, as producing this project might look like an admission that the Fantastic Beasts franchise was dead.
Whether Rowling and company would now be more open to such a project — it has been six years, and the play has already opened in five markets — is anybody’s guess, though as the year’s pass, Rowling has seemed more open to considering new Potter projects.
Cursed Child takes place 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 presents an issue in that right now, it seems unlikely that Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson would come back to the roles — something that would presumably be key to the appeal of a legacy sequel.