‘Fantastic Beasts’ has been a problem but Warner Bros. wants to continue expanding the world of ‘Harry Potter’ (and they have already started)

The company knows that I was still able to continue squeezing the magical world created by JK Rowling. Especially after the success of the video game ‘Hogwarts Legacy’.

Harry Potter It is one of the most important fantasy sagas of recent years. The magical world created by JK Rowling was not only a success in bookstores, but also on the big screen with eight installments. When the story of Ron (Rupert Grint), Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and hermione (Emma Watson) ended up on the big screen with The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 In 2018, Warner Bros. waited five years to bring Rowling’s universe back to the movies with the prequel saga. fantastic animals.

Unfortunately, the franchise starring Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) has not turned out as the studio hoped. Not only because at the collection level his last installment Dumbledore’s Secrets It only added more than 406 million dollars, also due to the problems he has had behind the scenes: the dismissal of Johnny Depp and replacement by Mads Mikkelsen, the controversy that revolves around Rowling due to his transphobic comments and the run-ins with the law. by Ezra Miller.

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At the moment, there is no confirmation that it will be done fantastic beasts 4. And that the original plan was to carry out a pentalogy that culminated in the famous final confrontation between the dark magician Gellert Grindelwald and Albus Dumbledore, played in its young version by Jude Law. However, despite what happened with this prequel saga set long before the birth of Harry Potter, Warner Bros. is not giving up and wants to continue expanding the franchise.

That’s how he told it Gunnar Wiedenfels, CFO of Warner Bros. Discovery, during an investor conference held on Wednesday. The success of the video game Hogwarts Legacy It has prompted the company to want to continue squeezing the universe of the young magician. “Take Harry Potter as an example, the Wizarding World. The fact that we are enjoying this great success with the launch of Hogwarts Legacy12 years after the last film was released, shows that there are many opportunities and we are only beginning to expand it,” says Wiedenfels, as reported by Variety.

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“We have the new ‘tour’ of Harry Potter in Tokyo in the middle of the year. To sum it up, I think this one-company approach, great leadership in the individual business units, but coordinating franchise management It is probably one of the biggest opportunities that the company has“, he concludes.

It is not the first time that there has been talk about continuing to work in the universe Harry Potter. In 2021, when the company was still WarnerMedia, the franchise’s potential was already teased and a movie of the play was hinted at. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. With the change of CEO to David Zaslav and the start of the Warner Bros. Discovery era, interest continued through late 2022.

The truth is that the magical universe created by Rowling is a world full of opportunities to exploit. Not only in the cinema, but also with some original fiction for HBO Max.


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Harry Potter It’s not the only franchise Warner Bros. has on its hands. It has recently been announced that the company will develop more movies of The Lord of the rings.

The studio has the film rights to JRR Tolkien’s work while Prime Video has the television rights. Hence his fiction The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.

In late February it was announced that Warner Bros. had reached a deal to make “multiple movies” based on Tolkien’s books. Peter Jackson, director of the film trilogy, said the studio kept them informed of its plans. “We want to talk to them to hear their vision of the franchise,” said the filmmaker behind The Lord of the rings and The Hobbit.

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Wiedenfels has said the following about the future of the saga: “David made a promise, unquote, early on to reinvigorate some of that iconic blockbuster IP and we’re starting to make progress.. It’s exciting to see how people come and go and how the creative community is taking advantage of this opportunity to work with us. That’s going to pay off over time.”

The truth is that Warner Bros. already announced in 2021 that they were preparing a animated film titled The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim. Plans are for it to be released in 2024.

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