Let’s talk about the new Harry Potter movie…okay okay so it isn’t exactly about Harry Potter, but it’s in the same wizarding world we all know and love and that’s all that matters. I mean we’re all going to miss Harry but if I got over Sirius dying I think I can move on for the sake of a new J.K. Rowling movie. The premise of the new movie (or supposedly series of movies) is the life/adventures of Newt Scamander (author of the Hogwart’s textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them”). I love the idea of expanding the wizarding world beyond the scope of Harry and his friends, even though I miss them terribly (I actually used to have dreams that I was connected to Harry through the scar on my forehead on a regular basis). I can’t wait for the movie to come out, although I’m positive it’s a long ways off, but daydreaming about it has had me brainstorming other Harry Potter spin off ideas, here’s what I’ve come up with, although there are countless ideas! What would you like to see on the big screen?
1. The Tales of Beedle the Bard
We all know about the Deathly Hallows, duh, but wouldn’t it be cool if there was a movie that jumped back and forth between the life of the author and the wizarding stories/myths he created (there’s also the stories of “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot”, “The Fountain of Fair Fortune” and probably more referenced by Rowling)? Maybe it’s my inner history nerd but I love the idea of following a 15th century wizard author and also watching his fairytales unfold. Obviously there wouldn’t be a possibility for Harry to make any sort of cameo or even be referenced at all but since I think Rowling is sort of “done” with Harry I think it could be a really fascinating spin off for at least one film.
2. Hogwarts Ghosts
Remember all of the ghosts that resided throughout Hogwarts and were referenced throughout all of the books and films. The ghosts were always pretty minor characters but interesting nonetheless. Wouldn’t it be cool to back track and follow the lives of one of the Hogwarts ghosts before he/she tragically died. Of course everyone’s first choice would be Sir Nicholas (Nearly Headless Nick) but wouldn’t the Bloody Baron be interesting too?
3. Hogwarts Beginnings
Okay, once again I’m traveling back in time from Harry’s time. I’ve always always been fascinated by Hogwarts history (Hermione and I both, really). I think there is potential to make several movies about the founders of Hogwarts (Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Rowena Ravenclaw and Salazar Slytherin). The movie could follow their lives, adventures and of course end up with the beginning of Hogwarts.
4. What about all the Other Witches and Wizards?
Remember when we were introduced to the boys from Durmstrang and the girls from Beauxbatons, aka whole other wizarding schools that are hardly ever referenced in the Harry Potter series?? What do these students learn? What is the French wizarding world like? The Egyptian wizarding world? What about in the amazon? There is SO much potential to follow the stories of another wizard student in another land. I want to explore it! Besides that there is the Triwizard tournament…according to the Harry Potter wiki, which I’ve obviously read because I’m a nerd, the triwizard tournament taken place several times over time, I’m sure a whole movie could be created about a single Triwizard tournament…although I wonder how similar it would be to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
5. Let’s just admit we all want to hear more about the Boy who Lived.
Until this point all of my ideas have purposely excluded all of my favorite characters from the original Harry Potter series because it seems that it is what Rowling wants…but let’s talk about what we all REALLY want to read about/watch…HARRY! Imagine a sequel series taking place twenty years in the future when Harry is a successful auror! How different is the wizarding world now that Voldemort is gone for good? What are Harry’s children like? Etc. While I understand that actually creating this sequel would ruin each individual’s own interpretation of what happens and thus hinder our imaginations…I don’t think any Potter fans would be complaining (I know I wouldn’t).
I could go on and on about the subplots and sequels and prequels and spin off stories that could be created from Harry Potter but I think my nerd is showing. I’m incredibly excited J.K. Rowling has decided to work with Warner Brothers on the new film series, it’s like extending my childhood just a few years longer. Now I’m off to watch Harry Potter and daydream about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them! Tell me about any and all Harry Potter movie/book ideas you can day dream up, I’d love to hear them!