Warner Bros. Wants to make more ‘Harry Potter’ movies

You don’t need me to tell you that the word that drives every Hollywood movie these days isn’t even a word. It’s two letters: IP. No franchise is ever truly dead as long as there is more money to be made from it.

E.g Harry Potter The story was always intended as a final, which ended in both jk rowlings novels and the film adaptations with Harry Potter and the deathly Hallows. The wizarding world has expanded in various ways since then, e.g Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movies and Harry Potter stage play, but Rowling hasn’t written a new Harry Potter novel in well over a decade.

But that doesn’t stop Warner Bros., the studio that produced Harry Potter franchise, from looking for ways to reboot it. During a call with investors this week, the head of Warner Bros. Discovery’s David Zaslav said his company’s focus is “franchising” — including, potentially, Harry Potter. As he put it:

We haven’t had a Superman movie in 13 years. We haven’t done a Harry Potter in 15 years. The DC movies and the Harry Potter movies have brought a lot of profits to Warner Bros…over the last 25 years.

Zaslav’s figures are not quite right. The last solo Superman movie, Man of steel, came out nine years ago. And the finale Harry Potter the film was in 2011. (The dating series ends with “15 years” since also, quite interestingly, ignores the fact that since then the company has released three Potters prequels in the form of Fantastic beasts series. That probably tells you a lot about how well those movies have done for the company.) Zaslav said that WBD is very keen to make new movies “if we can do something with JK on Harry Potter forward.”

It appears to be a not insignificant if, as Rowling has so far resisted pressure to write a new Harry Potter novel (and continues to make huge sums selling and licensing the ones she’s already written). The ball – or I guess the Golden Snitch in this case – is in her court.

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