Is «Harry Potter 8» coming instead of «Fantastic Beasts 4»? — Cinema News

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The future of the «Fantastic Beasts» series is open. Originally planned for five parts, the box office figures of the three films so far are pointing downwards and thus in a direction that Studio Warner (and the new boss of Warner Bros. Discovery) cannot please. The latest installment, » Fantastic Beasts: Secrets of Dumbledore ,» grossed just $42 million in the United States, which is $20 million less than its predecessor and a good $30 million less than part 1.

Things are looking better in other countries – the film is a hit in Germany – but will it be enough for another sequel in the end? The Wrap reports that Warner is considering expanding the Harry Potter theatrical franchise in other ways.

A decision is not expected any time soon. First we have to wait for the final box office result of «Fantastic Beasts 3: Dumbledore’s Secrets» and the new management of the entire company under David Zaslav has to get used to it first. However, if it is decided that the «Animals» series will come to an end with the third part — apparently already constructed as a kind of conclusion as a precaution — a possible next «Potter» film is immediately obvious: «Harry Potter and that cursed child» aka «Harry Potter 8».

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«The Enchanted Child»: From the theater to the cinema?

A film adaptation of the play about the adult «Potter» trio and their children should be something like the Golden Snitch for Warner: Whoever catches this golden ball at Quidditch wins directly and a movie about «Harry Potter and the Cursed Child» is considered a sure hit: You could bring back the old actors Daniel Radcliffe , Emma Watson and Rupert Grint and would tie in with popular film series.

The «Beasts» movies aren’t that popular because Harry & Co. aren’t there. The success of the reunion special starring the original cast is a testament to just how nostalgic the Potter fans are. But the Golden Snitch is very difficult to catch and an adaptation of the play is not that easy.

The problems Daniel Radcliffe and JK Rowling

Harry Potter is 37 years old in the play, making 32-year-old Daniel Radliffe the perfect age to reprise the role now and for the next five to 10 years. The same applies to Rupert Grint and Emma Watson. However , as he said recently , Radliffe has no desire to do so at the moment . In the past ten years after the last «Harry Potter» Radliffe has successfully freed himself from his youth role by taking on other extreme roles — he doesn’t want to ruin this success by returning to Hogwarts right away.

It’s very hard to imagine a Harry Potter and the Cursed Child film without Daniel Radliffe, especially after the outcry surrounding the recast of Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3 — what’s going to happen when someone other than Daniel Radliffe plays the famous magician? And it doesn’t work without JK Rowling either. The «Harry Potter» inventor decides whether «The Cursed Child» can be made into a film and has so far shown no public interest in it.

This may have to do with commercial considerations: «Harry Potter and the Enchanted Child», which only started in Germany in 2022, was designed as an exclusive stage experience. Maybe the play should be able to make money for a few years before a movie comes out, instead of the play and the movie stealing audiences from each other. The other question concerns the relationship between the Warner film studio and the author.

JK Rowling has been criticized for making several anti-trans statements. For Warner, the writer, who recently stayed away from the reunion special, has become something of a Voldemort: her name was hushed up in the Fantastic Beasts 3 ad campaign (it wasn’t even mentioned in the press conference, which was live no-questions-allowed). ).

A series from the magical world

What Rowling thinks about this is unknown. But perhaps the author is in no hurry to get back to work with the studio. In any case, Rowling should by no means need the money, she is considered one of the richest women in the United Kingdom.

It doesn’t matter whether it’s with «Fantastic Beasts 4» or another film from the magical world: somehow it will continue. At the moment, however, it doesn’t look like a quick sequel. Fans should probably be pinning their hopes on a streaming series right now. In early 2021, industry magazine The Hollywood Reporter revealed that a series set in the «Potter» world was in development for the HBO Max service. The competition from Disney has just demonstrated it with «Star Wars: The Mandalorian»: Sometimes a franchise only finds its way back to its old strength in series form.

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