Harry Potter Could Return for Cursed Child Movie - Report

[Update] Warner Bros. says there are no plans to adapt Harry Potter and the Cursed Child for the big screen.


[Update] Warner Bros. has issued a statement denying reports of a movie adaptation of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a stage play, with no plans for there to be a film," a representative for the studio said.

[Original Story] Although Harry Potter creator JK Rowling has stated that the new play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, would be the final adventure for the much-loved wizard, it has been reported that a film version could still happen. It is rumoured that Warner are looking to turn the hit production into a movie, with Daniel Radcliffe returning as Harry.

According to the New York Daily News, Warner are working on securing the film rights to Cursed Child and are keen to cast 27-year-old Radcliffe to play the adult Harry. "Warners is secretly working on getting the movie rights and a screenplay settled, and of course in their minds only one man should be Harry," the paper's source said. "However he has made it clear that his mind is certainly not focused on returning to the role anytime soon--and that could be until he hits 40."

While this news is unconfirmed by Warner, the Potter franchise is so popular that it would not be surprising if the studio were looking to adapt Cursed Child. It already has the first Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them due in November, with a sequel scheduled for 2018.

Radcliffe himself has remained open to the possibility of returning to the role that made him a star. In June, he told Radio Times: "It would depend on the script. The circumstances would have to be pretty extraordinary. But then I am sure Harrison Ford said that with Han Solo and look what happened there!"

"So I am saying, 'No,' for now, but leaving room to backtrack in the future."

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is currently playing in London, while Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is released on November 18, 2016.

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If I was radcliffe I would stay far away from this. He's already having a hard enough time establishing a career outside the Harry Potter series.

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Does anybody really want this? Certainly not the hardcore fans. They've already said they will never consider The Cursed Child as Potter Canon because Rowling barely did any of the writing and making Harry Potter a bad parent after being so traumatized and his entire personality centered around the loss of his own parents as a baby just not jiving with the way the character loved by so many should be portrayed. Then there's the fact that you would have to recast Hermione, Ron and Prof. Snape along with many other characters. I do not want to see someone else playing Hermione or Ron. And recasting Prof. Snape would be just plain disrespectful. If they ever make this movie, something I highly doubt, Radcliffe should tell them to go F themselves.

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@bdrtfm: To be fair, Radcliffe stated awhile back if they needed him to recast Potter, he'll gladly take that offer, only because it's all he was good at, playing Harry Potter all just about all his life. But the rest of you're post, I totally agree.

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Would they just cancel the Fantastic Beasts sequels then? There seems to be no hype for the first one anyway.

The Harry Potter series in general isn't as popular as it was, mostly because of the teenage book series genre being milked to death.

The Hunger Games hype died before the movie series even finished. I remember when the first one came out and I had a hard time finding a showing that wasn't sold out opening day. By the time the last one came out, I saw it in a mostly empty theater opening day and I felt like I was seeing it just to see how it ended even though I didn't really care by that point.

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Did anyone think there would not be a movie?

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@rikku45: If you'd read it, yes. I doubt Emma Watson and Rupert Grint could play 14 year olds. Plus, Alan Rickman is dead, so they'd have to recast him as well.

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@miltpauris: I really think that should never be done...
You can't recast Alan Rickman.

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You're an actor Harry...