The Harry Potter world is the gift that keeps on giving, or for those who wish the series had ended at the final book, the franchise machine that may never stop. Either way you look at it, there are set to be a number of upcoming additions for fans and critics alike to enjoy. Let’s take a look at what we have to look forward too in the way of wizardry-inspired content that may be headed your way.
1. Another film from Chris Columbus?
According to Entertainment Weekly, Chris Columbus, the director of the first two Harry Potter films, says he’d like another shot at the franchise and that there’s room to look further into the story already presented. “I would love to go back and do another one. Not Fantastic Beasts as much, which I think is going to be amazing, but I would love to do another movie with those three characters — Harry Hermione, and Ron,” said Columbus.
But given that the series has ended, what content do we have left with those characters? Columbus admits that it’s obviously all in the hands of J.K. Rowling, and he’s not currently in talks about another film in any official sense, but says “I’m just fascinated about what happened to them after the end of the last movie, because then they cut to 18 years ahead (technically 19). There’s 18 years there of great Harry Potter stories.”
2. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
As Columbus mentioned, there is already slated to be another Potter-related film in 2016. This one has an all new cast of characters and is based on books that offshoot from the central storyline. Back when the Harry Potter books were still coming out, a production of the text books mentioned in the series itself. The film version will be a slightly different twist, focusing on the character of Newt Scamander, and set in New York. There are two other books in that same vein, The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Standard Edition, and Quidditch Through The Ages, so who knows how many similar films we can expect assuming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is successful and well received.
3. Non-prequel theatrical production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
The London-based play is, according to Rowling, an addition to the Harry Potter world that “should be considered canon.” Rowling didn’t write the play herself, but has given it her endorsement as part of the same series, but apart from that there isn’t a great deal of information about the play itself. Time reports that she’s described it as the “untold part of Harry’s story,” but we won’t know what that means until late 2016.
4. Unofficial content
One thing there is no shortage of is unofficial written content based on the Harry Potter books and movies. That includes musicals and satires as well, for example A Very Potter Musical, and Potted Potter. There’s also The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook, The Unofficial Harry Potter Spellbook: The Wand Chooses the Wizard, and The Unofficial Harry Potter Book of Insults: Comebacks For The Slytherin In Your Life. Basically that list goes on and on, but the main advantage to this category for big fans of the series — the disadvantage goes without saying — is that it’s basically coming out continuously.
5. Official content from Rowling on a smaller scale
While there’s nothing scheduled or teased for in the near future, J.K. Rowling herself has been known to comment retrospectively on the series, and has recently started publishing a few short stories set in the same Harry Potter universe, a past-time that we have no reason to expect won’t happen in future. The site where a great deal of that content goes up is called Pottermore, and features stories from Rowling that span from insight into the later years of her characters’ middle ages, to a look at the perspective of the Dursley family from the series, and why they felt as bitterly hostile to the protagonist.
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