The Harry Potter franchise is arguably one of the biggest in movie and literary history, and one that is still showing no signs of slowing down. Following the release of J.K. Rowling's seven novels (and the eight movies which adapted them on the silver screen), the Wizarding World has continued to grow. This has been done through a Broadway play, Pottermore, and the Fantastic Beasts franchise. So could a reboot ever happen?
Harry Potter himself thinks so. Daniel Radcliffe has made a name for himself outside of his role as the boy who lived, but there are plenty of Potterheads who are hoping the OG franchise returns to theaters. And according to Radcliffe, a reboot seems inevitable; it's just a matter of when. As he told it,
Do you hear that? It's the sound of Harry Potter fans everywhere jumping for joy. Because while J.K. Rowling may be taking the Wizarding World to new places with the Fantastic Beasts movies, there's nothing like the original.
Daniel Radcliffe's comments come from his recent conversation with TV Guide about his various acting projects, including his new TV series Miracle Workers. Obviously his tenure as Harry Potter eventually came up, and Radcliffe revealed he's confident that the beloved magical property will return to the silver screen sometime in his lifetime. The question is: when?
Harry Potter continues to be the gift that keeps on giving, as J.K. Rowling methodically releases new material, and fleshes out the world she began back with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. And once the five Fantastic Beasts movies arrive in theaters, it stands to reason that the iconic author might want to bring more movies to the adoring public. So could that include a Harry Potter reboot?
Perhaps the potential Potter project that fans are most eager to see Daniel Radcliffe in is a possible adaptation of the Cursed Child plays. Running on both Broadway and London's West End, the pair of plays serve as a sequel to the Harry Potter franchise, picking up on the characters as adults, and following their children's years at Hogwarts.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child seems like a great way to entice Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint to reprise their magical roles, and wrap up the story of Harry once and for all. And if J.K. Rowling waits until the actors are age appropriate for the roles, perhaps that'll give them enough years away from Hogwarts to inspire their return.
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Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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