Millions of fans reached the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and thought, “I wonder what comes next for Harry and friends?” The book’s epilogue offers some insight, but there was still an 18 year gulf between the Battle of Hogwarts and the gang seeing their kids off on the Hogwarts’ Express. Pottermore‘s tried to fill in some of those blanks a couple of thousand words at a time, but let’s cut the chase, wouldn’t it be nice to have another Harry Potter movie with an adult Harry, Ron and Hermoine having an adventure as twentysomethings? It turns out that filmmaker Chris Columbus has had the same thought.
Columbus knows from Harry Potter, although he’s not the most acclaimed of the Harry Potter filmmakers, but he did get the ball rolling with adaptations of The Philosophers Stone (or Sorcerer’s Stone to you Yanks) and The Chamber of Secrets. While talking to Entertainment Weekly about his new video game influenced movie Pixels, Columbus floated a trial balloon about re-visiting the world of Harry Potter, and we don’t mean filming the new spin-off series Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Here’s what Columbus had to say:
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. I’m just fascinated about what happened to them after the end of the last movie, because then they cut to 18 years ahead. There’s 18 years there of great ‘Harry Potter’ stories.
That may be, but there’s something pretty essential that Columbus will have to do before he goes forward with something like this, and that’s get blessings from the Queen of all things Potter, J.K. Rowling. Rowling is still heavily involved in the business of Potter of course, writing for Pottermore and penning the screenplay for Fantastic Beasts, so most definitely anything in the world of Potter is hers to withhold.
Having said that, she’s gone on the record to say that Deathly Hallows is the firm, period, end of Harry Potter’s story, but left the door open to tell stories in the same universe, hence Fantastic Beasts, which takes place in the Unites States 50 years before Harry was born. Maybe if Rowling needs a new pile of money, she’ll listen to Columbus’ pitch, but I’d put this idea on the back burner for now, Chris.
Pixels hits theaters everywhere tomorrow; Fantastic Beasts, meanwhile, will be released November 18, 2016.
Source: Screen Rant