Warner Bros. Discovery wants more Harry Potter content from JK Rowling

Warner Bros. Discovery is ready to work alongside Harry Potter creator JK Rowling to develop future projects.

Per Variety, speaking on the company’s third-quarter earnings call, CEO David Zaslav noted that the studio was looking to further embrace its most lucrative franchises, saying it would be open to revisiting the series. beloved fantasy if its controversial creator was also involved. “Batman, Superman, Aquaman, if we can do anything with JK on Harry Potter go forward, the Lord of the Ringswhat do we do with it game of thronessaid Zaslav. As of this writing, it is currently unknown how Warner Bros. Discovery plans to revitalize the Wizarding World franchise as no future plans have been confirmed.

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While live-action adaptations of the beloved Harry Potter books may have come to an end, the franchise continued with the fantastic beasts spin-off, which ultimately serves as a prequel to the main series. Despite some success with the first two films, the last film, Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets, was considered a disappointment due to poor reviews, missed box office targets, and a number of controversies surrounding the franchise. These include the participation of Ezra Miller, who faced a series of legal issues throughout 2022 and the continued criticism of Rowling’s stance on the transgender community.

The Rowling Controversy

In recent years, Rowling’s anti-trans sentiments have caused public outcry, prompting many people affiliated with her or Harry Potter to distance themselves. These include actors such as Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson and video game developer Avalanche Studio who released a statement promising Rowling was not involved in the development of the upcoming Hogwarts Legacy.

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As for the future of fantastic beasts series, it is currently unknown if the adventures of Newt Scamander will continue. The spin-off was originally planned to span five separate films, but given the issues with Dumbledore’s secrets and recent redesigns from Warner Bros. Discovery, many suspect the third film will serve as a conclusion. Eddie Redmayne, who played lead character Newt Scamander, isn’t sure if future projects will be greenlit. “I don’t know,” Redmayne said when asked if a fourth movie was in development. “It’s more a question for JK Rowling and [director] David Yates and Warners, but I don’t know, I’m afraid. I can’t add anything to that. I love playing Newt, he’s a nice man.

The Harry Potter and fantastic beasts the movies are now streaming on HBO Max.

Source: Variety

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