It’s been almost a decade since the release of the last Harry Potter movie, and although fans may still be obsessed with finding any sign of potential J.K. Rowling movies, the demand for these films seems to have subsided. These days, Potter fans have just as many options when it comes to watching movies as they do reading books. For those who are looking for more action-adventure, they can get that with the upcoming Aladdin movie, while others may want to read the adventures of Orlando Bloom in their spare time.
With so much to choose from, why should you be excited about the release of a Harry Potter movie this year? According to numerous reports, it seems that Warner Bros. wants to continue the Harry Potter franchise with a spinoff centered around a young boy named Thomas. If this sounds like something that would make you eager to see the next installment, continue reading.
Why Is Warner Bros. Moving Forward With A Different Harry Potter Movie?
Let’s be honest, Warner Bros. may not have made the most sensible decision in remaking Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. While the first movie was an incredible success, costing just $64 million to make and debuting at number one at the box office, it wasn’t exactly what studio bosses had in mind when they greenlit the project. When it comes to pure entertainment value, the franchise already boasts some pretty high standards. To follow up a movie that was a critical and commercial hit with a sequel that will almost certainly not measure up to the original is, to put it bluntly, a recipe for disaster.
At least with this particular spinoff they have an incredibly clear direction to go in. According to reports, the studio is looking for an unknown young actor to play the part of young Tom Hopper, the character based on young Charlie Weasley from the Harry Potter series. This makes perfect sense, as Ronnette “Wandory” Bertrand, the CEO of Mad Hippie, explains, “With each new generation, magical thinking becomes more important. Young people need role models who they can look up to, and the Harry Potter phenomenon provided just that.” She continues, “With each new movie in the franchise, the impact grows greater. The question we now face is ‘Will there be another Harry Potter movie?’”
What Will Be The Upcoming Harry Potter Movie’s Biggest Competition?
With the next installment being titled Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, it’s clear that this is going to be J.K. Rowling’s final installment of the series, which is both wonderful and terrifying at the same time. For those who love the Harry Potter series, there will undoubtedly be many happy hours spent with this new movie. However, because it is being released at the end of the year, it will also be competing with other major movies for spectators’ attention. Even if you’re a diehard Potter fan, it may be hard to justify buying tickets to see this one (or any of the future Harry Potter movies) when there are so many other options.
The Ups And Downs Of Getting Casting For A Pilot
Getting to play the part of Thomas in a Harry Potter movie may not be an easy task, but for those who are committed to seeing this movie realized, it may be worth the effort. To get a sense of how hard it is to land a role in a major production like this, let’s take a look at some of the difficulties that could arise.
Firstly, as noted, the studio behind the movie is Warner Bros, which means that this is more than likely going to be a “bigger fish bigger pond” kind of situation. To put it bluntly, if you’re not connected enough to make it to the top of the pile, you may not stand a chance of surviving in this industry. The fact that they are looking for an unknown to play such a famous role could suggest that they want to keep things as authentic to the books as possible, which may mean that they don’t want to cast a recognizable face. This could prevent you from even getting a chance to audition, as there will surely be someone who fits the bill.
Secondly, even if you do end up getting the part, it may not be the part you wanted. Because the script is still considered to be a secret, there is no telling what exact details may change from the book to the screen. As someone who has read all of the Harry Potter books, it would be incredibly frustrating to discover key plot points changed in the movie. To give you a sense of what to expect, here are some of the key plot points that didn’t make it into the movie.
- Tom is not introduced to the Wizarding World until the first few minutes of the movie
- The Sorting Hat does not make an appearance until much later in the story
- Dobby is not present during the entirety of the movie
- The Marauder’s Map does not appear in the movie
- A young boy named Fred plays a key role in the story
The Importance Of Keeping Everything Authentic
If you are fortunate enough to land the part of Thomas in the upcoming Harry Potter movie, you may find that there are some very specific guidelines you need to follow. The first of these is undoubtedly going to be the most important, and that is to keep everything as close to the book as possible. Because the Harry Potter movie series is such an iconic piece of literature, it is easy for fans of the series to get a little hyped up about minor changes, even when they are meant to make the movie more “authentic.”
The downside of this, of course, is that when J.K. Rowling sees these rumors, she may get the feeling that the movie does not reflect her work. According to reports, Warner Bros. has already begun changing details about the movie to make it more “authentic” to the Harry Potter series. For example, it was originally reported that the character of Aunt Bella would serve as Tom’s Godmother. However, after she approved of the project, it was decided that she would not be needed, and so her role was cut from the final version of the script.
All Roads Lead To Oz
Another thing that could upset J.K. Rowling about the movie is that it takes place in an entirely different setting. According to author Rita Skeggs, “In Deathly Hallows, the setting is London. We never set foot in the Wizarding World itself until the film adaptations. So for all intents and purposes, the Wizarding World really does not exist in the Harry Potter universe.”
Skeggs continues, “[T]he only part that can be considered ‘fictional’ is that which we learn through dialogue as opposed to physical action or description. For instance, characters in the Harry Potter universe do not refer to the Wizarding World as ‘paradise,’ but we learn about it through conversations. So, in that respect, it is a work of fiction. However, as a result of the way it was presented through the use of special effects, it really did exist in some form.”
Potter More Than Ever
When news of Warner Bros. moving forward with another Harry Potter movie started circulating, the Internet immediately filled with theories about what could happen in the next installment. One of the most popular theories is that the series could finally come to an end with this installment, with J.K. Rowling perhaps penning one last magical book that will close the series. To put it bluntly, Pottermore may very well be the last book in the series.
Although it is still too early to tell, the Internet was, again, right in predicting that Pottermore could be the last book in the series. In fact, all of the Harry Potter books may very well be collected in one volume, with each one documenting a different facet of Harry’s life. If this is the case, it could mean that fans who have spent the past decade tirelessly poring over every detail of the series will finally get closure when all of the books are made available in one place.
Why Is Everybody Talking About The Cursed Child?
Although it is still a secret which story will be adapted for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, there is no mistaking the fact that this is going to be the most important installment in the series. Even if you have read all of the Harry Potter books, it may be hard to predict how this one is going to stand out amongst the rest. To give you a taste of what is in store, here is a short excerpt from one of the early chapters of the book: