With the recent news that Warner Bros and J.K. Rowling were looking to turn bonus-book Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find them into a new series of feature films, it's not a stretch to theorize that WB might also have its eye on other potential spinoff material from the massively popular franchise. After all, there's no shortage of material to work from, when factoring in the seven books in the series and the additional bonus books that have been published. Less than a month after news broke about the Fantastic Beasts films comes a report that WB has trademarked mini-books Quidditch Through the Ages and Tales of Beedle The Bard.
Bleeding Cool reports that Warner Bros trademarked both books in addition to Fantastic Beasts. Also trademarked, Quidditch teams the Wimbourne Wasps, Chudley Cannons and Kenmare Kestrels. No love for Puddlemere United? Oh, come on! The name of the Quidditch Through the Ages "author" Kennilworthy Whisp was also reportedly trademarked.
Like Fantastic Beasts, both Quidditch Through the Ages and Tales of Beedle the Bard are referenced in the Harry Potter books and later brought to reality when they were actually published -- both in an effort to raise money for charity. Quidditch was bundled with Fantastic Beasts, while Tales of Beedle the Bard hit shelves after the final book was published.
Quidditch Through the Ages is a reference book documenting the history of the magical sport, which is featured prominently in the Harry Potter books and films. Just as Fantastic Beasts has great potential to bring some of the more visually exciting elements of Rowling's world to the big screen, so would anything Quidditch related, as those were some of the most thrilling moments in the Harry Potter films.
As for Beedle the Bard, the fairytale book factored into the final installment in the Harry Potter series, as one of the stories inside proved to be a crucial clue to Harry, Ron and Hermione taking down Voldemort. In addition to "The Tale of the Three Brothers," Beedle the Bard also includes other made-up fairytales well known to those who grew up in Rowling's magical world. A film or series based on these tales would probably be the most detached of the spinoff concepts being tossed around, as they're essentially fiction-in-fiction. Well, maybe not entirely fiction as we know the Three Brothers story held some truth in the HP universe. And that story, which involved three wizard brothers striking a bargain with death, could actually make for an interesting movie if they fleshed it out a bit.
Here's the scene from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows that tells the story of the Three Brothers:
There's also "The Wizard and the Hopping Pot," "Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump," "The Warlock's Hairy Heart" and "The Fountain of Fair Fortune."
Bleeding Cool notes that the trademarks for these properties cover just about any kind of adaptation you can imagine, from music, movies and television to anything live-action or animated, reality TV series, video game, comic books, coloring books, audio books and more. There's no telling whether or not WB has set plans for these properties, but they seem determined to call dibs to make sure no one else can. In the meantime, those of us who are Harry Potter fans and still suffering withdrawal symptoms since the books and films wrapped up, have reason to hope there's more to come.