Harry Potter and the Cursed Child movie could happen if JK Rowling persuaded | Films | Entertainment

Today marks International Harry Potter Day when fans celebrate JK Rowling’s magical books and Wizarding World movies. And while the Fantastic Beasts films have three sequels to go in a storyline that goes right up to 1945, fans have often wondered if the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child movie will ever happen. After all, the official eighth story, set 19 years after the event of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, is currently only a two-part play.

Despite rumours, since the Cursed Child play opened in London’s West End back 2016, Rowling has denied there are any plans.

However, just last year Warner Bros, who produce the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts movies bought the rights to the play.

In fact, the Hollywood studio even changed the logo to the same as the movie’s with the lightning bolt scar “P”.

Could Warner Bros have long term plans to one day produce a Harry Potter and the Cursed Child movie or two?

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Certainly, the play is in two parts, so this would fit well for a two-part movie.

In fact, Harry Potter producer Lionel Wigram spoke exclusively with Express.co.uk in 2017 about the rumours of a Cursed Child movie.

He enthused at the time that if Rowling was on board they’d love to make it.

Wigram said: “Whatever she wants, as far as I’m concerned, is right.”

The producer added: “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].”

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.”

Presumably, this is still the official position, but no doubt the Hollywood studio will want to continue expanding its Wizarding World property once the three Fantastic Beasts movies are completed.

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And considering it has bought the rights to the Cursed Child play, this would be an obvious choice.

Additionally, if we consider the time frame for the remaining Fantastic Beasts sequel release dates, it would be the perfect time for a Cursed Child movie since Harry Potter movie stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and the others would have aged sufficiently.

As it stands, Fantastic Beasts 3 is set for release in November 2021 – this is a three-year gap after Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald landed in cinemas.

Considering the five-film series is set over a 20 year period, it makes sense to spread out the movies to allow actors to age and to maximise box office profitability after a long wait of anticipation.

So if Warner Bros continue with three-year gaps between movies, this would mean a 2027 release for the fifth film in the series.

So say the studio wanted to release a Cursed Child movie around 2030, this would be exactly 19 years after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released, meaning Radcliffe and his co-stars would be around 40 – the age of the characters in the play.

If Rowling can be convinced by Warner Bros to let her play, which by then will have run for well over a decade, to be adapted into a movie or two, this would be a perfect time.

Patience Harry Potter fans, a Cursed Child movie looks inevitable one day.

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