The Harry Potter universe has been consistent for the most part. After the 8 Harry Potter movies were released, we thought that was the end but Fantastic Beasts followed soon after. The first movie was well received but as the movies dragged on, they got messier.
The lesson there was that not everything is going to work just because of a name brand. The movies have to be good or the fans will not being spending money to see your latest movie. We may not even get to see the Fantastic Beasts franchise conclude with the poor result of their latest movie. But that may pave the way for a Harry Potter and the Cursed Child movie.
What is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child?
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a play written by Jack Thorne and was based on an original story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Thorne. It takes place 19 years after the events of the last Harry Potter book and follows Harry’s child Albus Severus Potter as he attends Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
The play continues the Harry Potter story as he becomes a dad and has to raise his children and the difficulties that come with it. If you ever wondered what if Harry Potter was selected to be a Slytherin, then this will make that dream come true as his child goes down that very path.
The play aired in July 2016 in London and on Broadway, New York, on April 2018. It went on to be nominated for a record-breaking eleven nominations and won a record-breaking nine awards. It also set the record for the highest all-time weekly sales of any play and grossed over $2.5 million for the last week of 2018 at the Lyric Theater.
Fans Didn’t Like Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
The play was not well received by most Harry Potter fans and that isn’t a surprise. Fans don’t like drastic changes and the Cursed Child pushes the boundaries of the norm when it comes to Harry Potter.
I was lucky enough to get the chance to watch the play earlier this year and I enjoyed it a lot. The story is refreshing and while it isn’t perfect, it is a new experience. What makes the play come to life is all of the special effects and the charismatic actors in the play. The set is amazing and seeing them perform magic was a delight.
If this play is made into a movie, it will lose all of those things that made it feel special. I do think with the right direction, it can be a great movie. However, by making it into a movie, the play becomes canon and part of the Harry Potter universe whereas it is often neglected because it is a play.
What Will Warner Bros. Discovery Do?
Warner Bros. Discover is looking to make a Harry Potter movie in the near future because they want a movie that will bring in a lot of viewers. They might reboot the franchise or make the Cursed Child into a movie considering that it is already written and can be easily made into a movie. The problem with that is that it will only lead to one movie and not another franchise where they can make numerous movies which is ultimately what they want.
Rowling has to sign off on whatever project Warner Bros. Discovery chooses. I don’t know what she is thinking but I know that whatever she chooses, it won’t be for the money as she is allegedly a billionaire.
It will be interesting to see what happens with the Cursed Child in the near future. Don’t be surprised if it is made into a movie but considering it hasn’t been well received with fans, will they still go and watch it on the bog screen? I think so because they will be delighted to see Harry Potter return to theaters once again.