Unbelievably, the first Harry Potter movie was 20 years old yesterday. Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone (Sorceror’s Stone in the US, because studios think audiences are stupid) premiered on November 4th in London.
Director Chris Columbus helmed the first two installments before handing over to Alfonso Cuaron for Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban. These movies made stars of Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson. It also made them very, very rich. So none of them exactly need the money. The Wizarding World is also continuing via the Fantastic Beasts movies and well-attended theme parks.
However, that doesn’t stop Chris Columbus from having a dream. One more go on the Harry Potter merry-go-round. He wants to helm Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and have a full reunion in the process.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a stage play that serves as a sequel to the original series. The story begins nineteen years after the events of the 2007 novel Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and follows Harry Potter, now Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement at the Ministry of Magic, and his younger son, Albus Severus Potter, who is about to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, as we saw in the closing scene of the movie.
Although we catch up with The Boy Who Lived in his adulthood, the story is largely focused on his and Draco Malfoy’s sons. Columbus told Variety:
“I would love to direct The Cursed Child. It’s a great play and the kids are actually the right age to play those roles. It’s a small fantasy of mine.”
There are currently no plans for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to become a movie, but this is Hollywood. They love money, and they love low-risk money from existing IPs even more. Columbus’ enthusiasm as the original director and the original cast hitting the right time horizon does seem to make this work.
In the past, Draco Malfoy actor Tom Felton was enthusiastic but doubtful it would ever happen. Grint and Watson were open to the idea. Radcliffe had said that he hadn’t even seen the play.
They have hinted at sequels before. Could the magical powers of nostalgia and money combine to make this happen?