You may remember when, back in February, JK Rowling crushed the dreams of many a Potterhead by denying that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child would be adapted for the big screen on her personal twitter. The story, which has written primarily as a stage production, was also confirmed to be given the book treatment (though still in script form). However, some interesting developments have recently taken place that have started up the engines of the Hogwarts Express once again, as fans are now whispering rumors of a movie being possible after all.
Last week, Warner Bros. filed a trademark for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in the United Kingdom; the trademarks includes the options for all kinds of merchandise, but most interestingly, is the first part of the file’s Class 9—
Motion picture films featuring comedy, drama, action, adventure and/or animation, and motion picture films for broadcast on television featuring comedy, drama, action, adventure and/or animation; audio video discs, and digital versatile discs featuring music, comedy, drama, action, adventure, and/or animation;
Warner Brothers has little-to-nothing to do with stage productions, so fans have become understandably excited. While, as mentioned before, JK Rowling had previously denied that there were any plans for a movie of the story, she also previously claimed that Cursed Child would explore Harry’s early years, pre-Hogwarts; this was later proven false when the real story was revealed to be an eighth installment in the Harry Potter storyline that had partial focus on Harry’s son, Albus Potter, the titular Cursed Child.
It’s also entirely possible, however, that Warner Brothers are simply covering their bases to make sure no opportunists try to shoe-in on their franchise with infringing, knock-off merchandise. Being that Warner Brothers has a Potterverse movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, already coming out later this year, announcing another main Harry Potter film might deflate their upcoming offering’s hype, especially when there are supposedly two sequels already on the plate.
Either way, if there is going to be a Cursed Child movie or not, one can only wait and dream. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is now performing in the Palace Theatre in London, England; the book will be released on July 31st. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will release on November 18.
Via Slash Film