Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint haven’t reprized their roles as Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley for a decade now, but Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone director Chris Columbus wants to bring the gang back. together for one more turn.
Speaking to Variety, Columbus said he would like to work on a film adaptation of The Cursed Child, a 2016 Harry Potter play that takes place 19 years after the last book in the series ended.
“I would love to direct ‘The Cursed Child’,” said Columbus. “It’s a great play and the kids are actually the right age to play these roles. It’s a little fantasy for me.”
Radcliffe, Watson, and Grint are all in their 30s, making them about the right age to play Harry, Ron, and Hermione on the big screen again for this story. The Cursed Child focuses on the children of Harry and Draco Malfoy, with the original heroes serving as secondary characters. The play was a big hit on Broadway, setting records when it opened in 2018.
Columbus directed The 2001 Sorcerer’s Stone and the 2002 sequel, The Chamber of Secrets. He was also a producer on Prisoner of Azkaban. David Yates has taken over the helm of the last four Harry Potter films and also directed the first two Fantastic Beasts films.
Yates will then direct The Secrets of Dumbledore, the third film in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find it, which will be released next year.
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The original play was written by Jack Thorne, starring John Tiffany and Harry Potter creator JK Rowling, although Harry Potter fans have experienced a period of conflict as JK Rowling has become a staunch supporter of anti-transgender rhetoric.
While it’s unclear whether a cinematic version of The Cursed Child will ever become a reality, Warner Bros. is still working on a potential Harry Potter TV series and the Hogwarts Legacy video game, which would allow players to create transgender characters.
Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN. You can find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.