At the beginning of this month, on September 5th to be exact, the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the United States happened. It was an event that elevated the series from a British phenomenon to a worldwide one. Twenty years since that first book and seven since the last Harry Potter movie have done nothing to dull the love for this property, cementing the franchise as a pop culture pillar alongside the likes of Star Wars and Indiana Jones.
This week, author J.K. Rowling teased that she knows the next four things she's writing and that she just hopes she doesn't die before she finishes them. Now we don't know if any of these projects will be in the Wizarding World or part of her Robert Galbraith/Cormoran Strike series or something else entirely. That said, even if she doesn't write any more books in that universe, the Wizarding World is continuing to expand on the big screen in the Fantastic Beasts films and perhaps beyond that.
So, with Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald on the horizon, and in the wake of the killer and revealing final trailer for the film, now seems an appropriate time to revisit potential Harry Potter spinoffs that would further expand the Wizarding World once Fantastic Beasts completes its 5-film run. We know we'll be learning more about Dumbledore, Grindelwald and Nicolas Flamel soon, but there are plenty of other topics worth exploring. Some of these are no-brainers and others are about giving Potterheads something truly different than they've seen before. Here are the 7 Harry Potter spinoffs we'd love to see.
The Goblin Rebellions/Giant Wars
Harry Potter was a rubbish student, but to be fair, Professor Binns, the History of Magic professor, was a boring teacher whose lectures on the most exciting subjects in magical history were sure to lull anyone not named Hermione to sleep. It's a pity, because some of the topics he was covering sounded fascinating, particularly the Goblin Rebellions and the Giant Wars. We don't know much about these bloody conflicts, but what we do know makes us want to see more -- hey, they both sound very cinematic! The Goblin Rebellions saw the goblins rise up against the prejudice and discrimination by witches and wizards in the 17th and 18th centuries and the Giant Wars was a war with giants, so either would be great. We've seen a Wizarding War, but it would be interesting to see a spinoff give us our own History of Magic lesson and show us how these pivotal conflicts involving other magical species shaped the Wizarding World as we know it.
Among the most badass wizarding jobs, alongside Dragon keeper and Professional Quidditch player, is Auror. Only the most elite can take on the dangerous job of catching dark wizards. That makes this an obvious choice for a Harry Potter spinoff. There's a lot of ways an Auror movie could go, too. We could follow the legendary Mad-Eye Moody during his glory days in the first Wizarding War. I could also see a really dark tale of the Aurors hunting Voldemort in Albania after his disappearance. An Auror spinoff could go to the future with Harry and Ron as Aurors. That seems unlikely, as Harry's story has been told. Still, it's hard not to want to see some Auror action. Voldemort may be gone, but threats are still out there, otherwise this job wouldn't exist. So, seeing some new Aurors in a post-Voldemort world hunting down dark wizards would make for a killer Harry Potter spinoff. This could even work as a TV series if a Wizarding World streaming service comes along.