It’s been eleven years since Deathly Hallows – Part 2 was the last Harry Potter film to be released. Like its predecessors, it was a huge hit, grossing more than $1.3 billion at the box office worldwide. It is therefore not surprising that Warner Bros. is currently toying with the idea of returning to the Harry Potter universe. This should lead to a cooperation that some fans will certainly view critically.
Is Harry Potter returning to cinemas?
According to a recent report by The Hollywood Reporter, David Zaslav, the new CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, spoke at an investor conference. Among other things, he spoke about potential film projects for the future and dropped the name Harry Potter, among other things. At first glance, it should be good news for the huge fan base.
“We’re going to focus on franchises. We haven’t had a Superman movie in 13 years. We haven’t done anything with Harry Potter in 15 years. The DC and Harry Potter movies have brought Warner Bros. a ton of sales… . in the past 25 years.”
Accordingly, Zaslav or Warner Bros. seems to be able to imagine a return to the Harry Potter universe. The CEO even brought up Harry Potter author JK Rowling for such projects. He said he wants to see if they “can do something with Harry Potter together with JK in the future.”
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Therefore cooperation with JK Rowling could become a problem
JK Rowling is the brainchild of Harry Potter. She had written the extremely successful books that ultimately served as the basis for the film adaptations. However, in recent years, it has attracted negative attention several times due to statements that tend to be transphobic and caused one or two shitstorms within the community. If Warner Bros. were to actually partner with Rowling to bring new Harry Potter films to the big screen, it could result in a hostile attitude from many fans. But so far there are no concrete plans or official announcements anyway.
What: The Hollywood Reporter