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Harry Potter and the way forward


Rohan Magerman - 2011-08-10

Untitled Document

Director: David Yates
Cinematography: Eduardo Serra
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Ralph Fiennes, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Alan Rickman, Helena Bonham Carter
Runtime: 130 minute



With the final instalment of the Harry Potter saga, The Deathly Hallows: Part 2, currently on circuit, fans of the series must be walking around with tissues in front of their eyes. It is indeed sad to say goodbye to a much-loved film series which has captivated the world for more than a decade.

But is this really the last we will be seeing of Harry Potter? If the entertainment industry has taught us anything, it is that a phenomenal work of art never disappears. Yes, Harry Potter is indeed phenomenal. With a huge fan base and gross revenue of more than six billion dollars, filmmakers and publishing houses may not be ready to let the bespectacled wizard put away his wand. Forget about Harry Potter board games, underwear, and candy … we take a look into the crystal ball to see what the future may have in store for Harry Potter. After all, they don’t call him “The boy who lived” for nothing.

1. Harry Potter prequel

What do you do if a highly successful franchise comes to an end? You keep milking it, of course – by creating a prequel of it! In a few years’ time Warner Brothers, who own the Harry Potter trademark, may want to make a film that takes place before The Philosopher’s Stone. The story will most probably centre around the conflict between The Order of the Phoenix and Lord Voldemort before the latter has attempted to kill Harry. In this film we will see more of Harry’s parents and, of course, Harry himself as a baby. If such a film will be made, hopefully it will be split into two parts like the upcoming fantasy prequel The Hobbit.

  • Likeable title: The First Dark War
  • Probability of this option: 4/10


2. Harry Potter spin – off

JK Rowling, the author of the novels, has stated that she may consider returning to the Harry Potter universe one day. However, it is unlikely that Harry, Ron and Hermione will be the protagonists again this time around. I predict that the new book may just pick up where Deathly Hallows ended: with Harry’s children going to Hogwarts, where they will face all sorts of dangerous adventures of their own – and possibly the rise of a new dark wizard! The movie deal will probably be finalised before the novel has hit the shelves.

  • Likeable title: The Hogwarts Chronicles
  • Probability of this option: 6/10


3. Harry Potter remake

Fifty years from now a talented filmmaker may want to resurrect Harry Potter for a new generation. Daniel Radcliffe will obviously be too old to reprise his role as Harry Potter. But keep your fingers crossed that he will have a cameo as a grey wizard in the Leaky Cauldron, for a bit of nostalgic relief. Expect that with the great technological advances of the future, the Harry Potter remake will be the Avatar of its time.

  • Likeable title: The same as the current film series
  • Probability of this option: 6/10


4. Harry Potter parody

Imagine this: in the near future a film version of Roald Dahl’s The BFG hits our screens. Then some unknown filmmaker, whose career is almost down the drain, gets a brilliant idea: why not make a spoof of it along with the Harry Potter films! So the plot goes something like this: a young orphan named Parry Hotter lives with his grandparents who treat him badly. On the night of his eleventh birthday a big friendly giant named Higrad kidnaps him to the land of the giants. There he tells Parry that the boy’s parents were giants and that Parry himself is a giant who has a genetic deflection which is slowing down his growth. In order to prove his worthiness to live among the giants, Parry must find the Dwarf’s Stone which will help him defeat the seven evil giants who want to take over the world. Aiding him on the quest are Parry’s two loyal friends, Run and Hormone.

Be warned, though: this will not be an innocent children’s movie like The Philosopher’s Stone,but rather a PG 16 hybrid parody that will have fans choking on their popcorn with rage – or laughter.  

  • Likeable title: Parry Hotter and the Seven Giants
  • Probability of this option: 4/10


5. Harry Potter 50th Anniversary Box Set

Just what the above says: a seven-DVD box set, digitally remastered and containing never-before-seen footage!

  • Likeable title: Harry Potter: Relive the Magic
  • Probability of this option: 7/10


6. Harry Potter TV series

Usually a TV series gets converted into film (Charlie’s Angels, The A – Team, etc) instead of the other way around, but with Harry Potter anything seems to be possible as long as it keeps on making big bucks! And fantasy is still the next big thing on TV. Fans can thus assume that a mini-series will get the green light when things get too quiet on the side of Harry Potter. None of the original cast members will return, so expect much internet hype around the casting of the new actors. One does, however, wonder if there are enough British actors left who haven’t featured in a Harry Potter film. The only ones I can think of are Sir Ian McKellen (as Professor Dumbledore) and Dame Judy Dench (as Professor McGonagall). One thing is for sure, though: a Harry Potter mini-series will do justice to the novels, unlike the movies, which have so blatantly neglected them.

  • Likeable title: The Boy Who Lived
  • Probability of this option: 5/10


7. Harry Potter musical

It has recently happened to the greatest of franchises: Shrek, Spider-Man, and Batman. So it will only be a matter of time before Harry Potter will be taken to the stage. No costs will be spared on this one if it happens; expect a 20-million-dollar extravaganza with lots of stunts, colourful sparks and songs never heard before. I’m not sure if a live show will work or if it will please Harry Potter fans. Does anyone remember the characters having a talent for singing and dancing in the novels?

  • Likeable title: Harry Potter Live: The Magic Continues
  • Probability of this option: 7/10

 

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