Director Chris Columbus expressed interest in continuing the franchise Harry Potter making a film about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, but news of a new reboot of the Harry Potter series means screen adaptations of the Harry Potter play likely won’t follow the movies. Ever since the Harry Potter saga ended in 2011, fans have been asking for more stories set in the wizarding world. Their desires were satisfied by releasing a sequel to the book in two parts. Harry Potter and the Cursed Childand with the exit Fantastic Beasts, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald AND Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets.
Before the announcement of the Harry Potter television series on HBO Max, the director of the first two Harry Potter films, Chris Columbus, openly stated that the only way for the series to continue would be to adapt the play. After all, it’s only natural that fans would want a glimpse into the life of the trio after the Second Wizarding War. The adaptation is likely to grab the attention of many fans who may not have been able to see the live production and have had to content themselves with simply reading the script. Here’s everything we know about the possible Harry Potter and the Cursed Child movie.
Recent news about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child suggests that at least one actor from the original franchise may wish to return. In the past, in addition to the question of whether the film would be made, there have been questions about whether the film would need an entirely new cast, or whether previous actors would want to reprise their roles. Bonnie Wright has already said that she would be willing to do so if the other cast members also return, and went into detail about this in a conversation with Michael Rosenbaum.
Rosenbaum, actor best known for his role Lex Luthor V Smallvillehosts the Inside Of You podcast where he talks to other industry players about their travels and work. When Bonnie Wright appeared on Rosenbaum’s podcast, he asked her about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Like many, Wright isn’t sure if the film will come out, but she said she’d be willing to take part, believing her role would be very small. Wright explained to Rosenbaum:
It would be a lot of fun, it would really be about these kids and the new generation. It would be fun, but I have no idea if they would.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, in fact, is not focused on the original Harry Potter characters, but on their children. Wright, who played Ginny Weasley in the original films, he recently talked about how the Harry Potter films failed to show the true scope of Ginny’s character. Playing the character again might give her that chance, but she’s not wrong when she says the focus is on a new generation of students. Hogwarts. If the film is made, it is likely that Ginny will only appear in a few scenes, as opposed to her presence in the eight original films.
The most promising news about the film “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” was the announcement Warner Bros. about wanting to expand the Wizarding World franchise. Thanks to the resounding success of the video game Hogwarts legacyWarner Bros. paid close attention to the magical world and its potential. Development of new Harry Potter projects was kept under wraps until the TV series was announced, but with renewed interest in the world of HP, it seemed highly likely that the next addition to the franchise would be a sequel film. CFO Warner Bros. Discovery Gunnar Wiedenfels had this to say (via Variety):
Take, for example, Harry Potter, the Wizarding World. The fact that we’ve been a huge success with the launch of The Hogwarts Legacy, 12 years after the last movie, shows that there are so many possibilities and that we’re just starting to expand on them. A new Harry Potter tour in Tokyo is scheduled for mid-year. In short, I believe that a coordinated approach to managing a franchise is probably one of the biggest opportunities for a company.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child movie not confirmed
As of now, a Harry Potter sequel film has not been confirmed. Bye J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. denied that a Harry Potter and the Cursed Child movie would ever come out, Kilar’s remarks rekindled old rumors. However, the announcement of a reboot of the television series all but eliminated the prospect of a sequel with the original cast of the film series.
Aside from Chris Columbus’s interest in making a sequel, there was only speculation that Warner Bros. would take over the project. Director Chris Columbus first mentioned his interest in making the film during a 2021 interview (via Variety). The interview was timed to coincide with the celebration of the 20th anniversary Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Columbus said: “I would like to make The Cursed Child. It’s a big play, and kids are just the right age to play those roles. This is my little fantasy.”
If it’s true that the Harry Potter trio, consisting of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson AND Rupert Grint might be old enough to play their adult counterparts, the entire Chris Columbus project hinges on the actors’ willingness to return, which Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson reportedly didn’t want to do with J.K. Rowling (via The Direct).
While a Harry Potter and the Cursed Child movie has yet to be confirmed, the reboot of the series has already taken place. HBO Max has confirmed it will reboot the Harry Potter universe by releasing a TV remake of the JK Rowling seven-book series with an all-new cast and each season of the upcoming show focusing on one book at a time. This inevitably means that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will not be made, at least not yet. The movie wouldn’t be the same without the original cast, but with a new Harry Potter cast for the TV series reboot, they might be asked to return years later for an unofficial Harry Potter eighth.
Possible cast of the film
While the return of a beloved original cast for a future Harry Potter franchise in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child seemed unthinkable, the studio is doing just that for the reboot of the Harry Potter television series. As for the original film project, the characters are older than the actors of the original golden trio: Harry, Ron and Hermione are almost thirty at the time of the story. The actors are all in their thirties, too young to be convincing, and well into their 40s.
Of all the Harry Potter actors, Tom Felton seemed likely to return, no doubt. In an interview (via People), Felton was only positive about the possibility of returning to the Malfoy family after the end of Harry Potter: “Any opportunity to be a Malfoy again would be very welcome.” He also stated that the idea of having someone else fill the role Draco Malfoy it would be hard to swallow as he feels he has some control over how he has shaped his character over the course of a decade. Unfortunately for Felton, a new actor will play Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter reboot.
Other “Harry Potter” actors weren’t ready to reprise their roles. Emma Watson stated that she was not ready to play Hermione again and refused to continue the Harry Potter with the participation of JK Rowling, while Rupert Grint and Bonnie Wright said that they were ready to return only if everyone else did. Matthew Lewis will return, but only if the storyline is newsworthy and not nostalgia for nostalgia’s sake. The most unexpected response from the entire cast was that of Daniel Radcliffe, Harry Potter himself.
Daniel Radcliffe will not direct the new Harry Potter film
Daniel Radcliffe doesn’t want to make a Harry Potter and the Cursed Child movie. Of all the actors, Radcliffe has been the most adamant in stating that he is not yet ready to return to his lead role. This is understandable given that the Boy-Who-Lived’s career, with the exception of Harry Potter, got off to a slow start and he was just beginning to lose character altogether. The idea was pitched to the actor during an interview (via The New York Times).
Radcliffe reacted to the idea: “I’m getting to a point where I feel like I came out of Potter well and I’m really happy with where I’m at right now.” He then compared his role to that of Mark Hamill in the role Luke Skywalker and from Harrison Ford in those of Han Solo, essentially saying that they were given at least 30 years before returning to their main units. Either way, the famous role of Daniel Radcliffe will be reprized by a new actor in the upcoming Harry Potter television series, introducing new generations to a completely different version of the Harry Potter character of the same name.
History of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
A film about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child would have had an intriguing plot, to put it mildly. The action takes place 19 years after the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsHarry Potter and the Cursed Child opens with 37-year-old parents Harry, Ron and Hermione escorting their children to Hogwarts at platform 9 3/4. The work continues the story of Harry Potter through his son Albus. Albus Severus Potter as he uncovers the secrets of his father’s past on a time travel adventure.
In addition to the film’s original characters, the series also features Draco Malfoy’s son Scorpius, Hermione and Ron’s daughter Rose, and Ron’s unexpected daughter. Voldemort AND Bellatrix Lestrange, Delphi. The time travel aspect would make a movie or TV series very interesting for diehard Potter fans and new audiences alike, by exploring much of the original story through a new lens.