Although the Fantastic Beasts films haven’t done well, this could pave the way for a Cursed Child film.
The Fantastic Beasts film series hasn’t been a big hit, but its failings could pave the way for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child film adaptation. Harry Potter’s Wizarding World is one of the best-known and most adored fantasy universes. Although the story of “The Boy Who Loved” and his war against Lord Voldemort ended in 2007 and 2011, respectively, the Wizarding World still has many stories to tell.
With the publication of the guidebook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a film series based on the Wizarding World’s history was launched in 2016. While a strange dark force ravaged New York City as Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) rose to power in the first film, audiences were introduced to magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). Scamander sought the help of Muggle Jacob (Dan Fogler) to pick up some escaped magical creatures. Fantastic Beasts: The sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and The Crimes of Grindelwald switched the focus from Newt to Albus Dumbledore’s (Jude Law) fight with Gellert Grindelwald (Eddie Redmayne), the villain of the film.
Even though Fantastic Beasts: The Secret of Dumbledore was the Wizarding World’s worst-performing entry at the box office, the future for the following two chapters is still up in the air due to poor ticket sales. However, this does not mean that the Wizarding World is doomed, as the failure of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them could pave the door for a film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
The Fantastic Beasts franchise has mostly failed.
Although Lord Voldemort was defeated in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 and the Harry Potter movie series was concluded with that film, the Wizarding World’s past before the Harry Potter series remained a mystery. Grindelwald, the darkest wizard before Voldemort, has been the focus of Fantastic Beasts. Still, the tone shift from Newt’s journeys to the conflict between Dumbledore and Grindelwald, many underdeveloped subplots, and numerous behind-the-scenes controversies have led to the failure of the Fantastic Beasts movies.
Comparing it to the Harry Potter series, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them ranks seventh in box office take. Fantastic Beasts 2 and 3 have received poor reviews from critics despite a lackluster box office performance that placed them at the bottom of the list. Grindelwald’s Curse and Dumbledore’s Last Vow both received mediocre or negative reviews, with the majority of critics objecting to the books’ overabundance of details and underdeveloped subplots, as well as their uneven tone and overly convoluted narratives. As a result, Fantastic Beasts has lost the wonder and fascination that first pulled the audience into the Wizarding World.
Fantastic Beasts 4 and 5 could not happen at this time.
J.K. Rowling said in 2016 that the Fantastic Beasts film series would be a saga consisting of five films chronicling events from wizarding history that occurred between 1926 and 1945, with a particular focus on the Global Wizarding War, commanded by Grindelwald. As a result, there is a big question mark over the plans for a saga with five films. Just before the release of Fantastic Beasts 3, it was reported that greenlighting Fantastic Beasts 4 and 5 would depend on critical and commercial performance of The Secrets of Dumbledore–and if it genuinely depends on that, it’s unlikely there will be more Fantastic Beasts movies, as this shows.
The Harry Potter Franchise Is Still Important To WB
Warner Bros. is home to many successful franchises, but Harry Potter remains one of the company’s most well-known and well-loved. There is still interest in the Wizarding World franchise, and Warner Bros. can benefit from it because of the success that it has had across other mediums, such as theme parks, other books, stage plays, video games, and so on. For example, the Harry Potter reunion special was a big hit, so it’s not like fans don’t want to see more from the Wizarding World. Warner Bros., however, needs to find stories that will appeal to its target audience, and one possible solution is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a story that takes place many years after the prologue to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
The Cursed Child and The Harry Potter Movie Will Almost Definitely Be A Big Success
Jack Thorne wrote the two-part play Harry Potte//r and the Cursed Child based on JK Rowling, John Tiffany, Thorne’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone narrative. With 19 years between Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: The Cursed Child and The Cursed Child, the story follows Harry’s younger son Albus Severus Potter as he gets into problems at Hogwarts after mishandling a time-turner. Even though some Harry Potter enthusiasts panned the tale, the Cursed Child was a huge hit worldwide. It was performed in Japan, Australia, and Broadway; for Warner Bros to keep the Wizarding World alive, the Cursed Child would be the most excellent option. As analyst Jeff Bock pointed out studio would benefit by taking the audience back to what they liked most about the Wizarding World, Harry Potter.
An adaptation of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child would bring back the original three and even the original performers, which would undoubtedly be a significant hook for the audience, especially in light of how terrible the Fantastic Beasts movies were. Harry Potter and Cursed Child isn’t the only Harry Potter story that Warner Bros. could pursue, but at this point, the firm may have no more reliable source of revenue than a Marauders-centered movie or TV series.
The Cursed Child and the Harry Potter Movie: Will It Happen (and When?)
Despite the disasters of the Fantastic Beasts series, there is still hope for the future of the Wizarding World. When Chris Columbus, director of first two Harry Potter films, suggested he’d be interested in directing an adaptation of the play, rumors regarding a cinematic adaptation of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child began to circulate. However, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child doesn’t appear to be in the works for the big screen, although the failure of Fantastic Beasts could change that. Cursed Child may be released in 2025-2026 at the earliest, but 2030 would make more sense because it would be “19 years later,” just as it is in the Deathly Hallows epilogue if a film adaptation were to be made. Unfortunately, Daniel Radcliffe has stated that he has no intention of returning to the Harry Potter role. Still, if the studio waits a few more years so that the tale may better fit the actors’ ages, Radcliffe may alter his mind.