11:15 am EST, January 20, 2017

J.K. Rowling squashes ‘Cursed Child’ movie rumors, but the source is reputable

J.K. Rowling has taken to Twitter to step on a rumor about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child being adapted into a three-part series starring Dan Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint.

The rumor comes from Jim Hill, who’s a reputable source in the theme park community. He’s connected within Universal, and since they own The Wizarding World, it’s quite possible that he could be hearing chatter about the future of Harry Potter. Hill made the following remarks on a recent podcast:

“I have heard that Warner Bros. has actually had conversations with [Emma], with Rupert, and, of course, Daniel about Cursed Child, because they want this to be, for lack of a better term, Harry Potter: The Force Awakens.

“They want this trilogy of movies to have the actors that we know and love from the original films, that we watched grow up, as adults.”

The comments were picked up by Digital Spy, which is how we suspect Rowling caught wind of the rumor. Here’s what she had to say Friday morning:

While this rumor cheering anyone up on Inauguration Day is debatable due to how the script book has been received, Rowling takes a hard line on the chances of a Cursed Child movie coming to fruition.

But here’s the thing: Warner Brother likes Harry Potter. It makes them gobs of money. While there may not be a Cursed Child movie happening in the next couple of years, the fact of the matter is WB will be begging JKR to let them adapt it. And they probably will get the opportunity, so long as they meet any conditions set by Rowling.

The Force Awakens analogy by Hill is brilliant, by the way. Getting the original trio back would be huge for Warner, and it could possibly help them launch a new series of movies following Scorpius, Albus, and Rose.

I don’t see a Cursed Child movie happening any earlier than after the next four Fantastic Beasts movies are out. In fact, reports last summer indicated WB decided they wouldn’t start working on Cursed Child until their Newt series wraps. By that time — think the mid-2020s or later — Dan, Emma, and Rupert will be old enough to play 19-years-later’d Harry, Ron, and Hermione.

It’ll happen. Most of us probably won’t want it (great play! Bad script book), but it’ll happen.

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