JK Rowling recently announced via Twitter that there would be a Harry Potter play premiering on London’s West End in 2016.
While we wait for that fateful opening night, though, we can’t help but daydream about all the other possibilities that float out there just waiting to be pulled into reality.
1. An HBO miniseries chronicling the founding of Hogwarts.
Each episode could follow a different one of the four founders. You know this would get straight-up Game Of Thrones real fast.
2. A Netflix series following the Marauders, Lily Evans, and Severus Snape through school and up to the end of the first wizarding war.
The slow-burn of the start of the war and the ways it trickled down into the lives of school kids — then the involvement of those young people in the opposing sides of Voldemort and the Order of the Phoenix, all leading up to the fateful night when Lily and James Potter faced their final battle.
3. A Prisoner Of Azkaban comic as written from the perspectives of Sirius Black and Remus Lupin.
They’re the beating heart that runs through the third book. What was Remus thinking when he woke up on the Hogwarts Express to see his best friends’ kid right there? What was Sirius thinking as he ransacked the Hogwarts tower? What did it feel like to let go of over a decade of suffering just for the moment they reunited? That’d be a hell of a story all in itself.
4. An indie dramedy of Ron going to run Weasleys Wizard Wheezes with George.
JK Rowling has said that Ron leaves his post as an auror to work at the joke shop with George. There’s a lot of potential for dramatic arc there: The pain of losing Fred and stepping into his shoes, chiefly. And given that it’s George and Ron and a joke shop, the comedy’s inherent as well. It’d be a coming of age film for the ages. Maybe Richard Curtis could write this.
5. A Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them sequel starring Luna Lovegood.
Rowling’s said that Luna goes on to be a wizarding naturalist exploring the world. She also marries Rolf Scamander, grandson of Fantastic Beasts lead Newt Scamander. Whether it’s her solo, her love story with Rolf, or the two of them with their twins Lorcan and Lysander, a movie following Luna adventuring across the world would be magical.
6. A film of the rise of Grindelwald, and Grindelwald vs. Dumbledore during WWII.
A tension-filled relationship if there ever was one — and one that reached its ultimate breaking point during an era mostly known for World War II. A film chronicling this time from Dumbledore’s perspective would bring along with it the wizarding world’s relationship with 1) that Muggle war as well as their own, 2) a tortured love story, and 3) Tom Riddle’s years at Hogwarts (he graduated the same year as Dumbledore’s famous battle with Grindelwald).
7. A History Of Magic miniseries.
Perhaps framed as a documentary, a deep dive into the history of wizards and their relationship with Muggles throughout the ages. Each episode could focus on a different era.
8. A short film following a young Ollivander.
We didn’t see Ollivander all that much throughout the series, but there’s enough information dropped throughout the books to tell us that wand-making is an interesting artform.
9. A Book Eight comic, following the immediate aftermath of the Battle Of Hogwarts and the Second Wizarding War.
Think Buffy The Vampire Season 8. Harry Potter re-adjusting to a life absent of abuse of constant imminent danger. The entire wizarding (and Muggle, for that matter) world rebuilding everything that was broken in the war and healing from their casualties. Now that’s some heavy, meaty stuff.
10. A podcast centered on the goings-on in different Ministry Of Magic departments.
Think Welcome To Night Vale, radio-play style. Imagine all the hijinks and weird happenings employees in departments like the Department of Magical Accidents and Catastrophes and the Improper Use of Magic Office — not to mention the Department of Mysteries.
11. A BBC children’s special about the next generation of Potters and Weasleys.
Albus, Lily, James, Hugo, and Rose as they navigate their first years at Hogwarts. It’d be the perfect opportunity to dive into the ways the wizarding world’s changed in the years since the second wizarding war, if house rivalries have evened out, and if the Internet boom finally cracked the division between the Muggle and wizarding worlds when Muggle-born children refused to relinquish their cell phones and their wi-fi.
12. An MTV series centered on Teddy Lupin’s punk teen years.
We’ve got built-in drama as we follow another young person orphaned by a war with Voldemort. We’ve also got a pretty cool kid who can change his hair-color at-will and who, I suspect, would make his marauder forefathers proud with all the mischief he could get into.
13. A prequel play of the Black family.
Following Sirius and his brother Regulus (“R.A.B.”) in particular — Regulus’ falling in with the Death Eaters’ paralleled with his brother’s decision to break away from his family’s noxious politics and join the ranks of the Order Of the Phoenix. The series would lead up to Regulus’ death (a brave choice to defy Voldemort, which Sirius never knew about) and Sirius’ arrest after the death of Lily and James.
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