Harry Potter will never die, as the Fantastic Beasts trilogy is now a pentalogy
If you like Harry Potter and are still melancholy because the books concluded, well, congratulations, because it’s looking more and more like the franchise will never die. Ever. It will outlive us all.
Along with the stage play that is technically the eighth Harry Potter story, Warner Bros. and J. K. Rowling are pushing the property hard with the upcoming spinoff series that begins with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Based on a screenplay by Rowling, the upcoming film was set to be the first of a trilogy. During a Q&A on Facebook, however, the author claimed that the trilogy is now looking like a pentalogy.
“I can say one thing, we were doing some script sessions the other day and we always knew it was going to be one movie. We always knew that from the start,” Said Rowling in answer to a request for an update on the next films. “We said a trilogy as a placeholder because we knew there would be more than one movie. Now I think we can say, I’ve done the plotting properly so we’re pretty sure it’s going to be five movies.”
This is still unconfirmed, of course, but Warner Bros. would be insane to stop at three films if the opportunity presented itself to make more. Rowling is seemingly onboard, they have Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne attached to star, and the brand remains strong. That could give WB up to ten more years of Harry Potter, and that’s if they rush and push a movie out every two years (which seemed to be the tentative plan when the new series was still a trilogy).
After that, they could work on another spinoff – or maybe even reboot the series – that seems almost unthinkable at this point, but by the time this new series has concluded, it will have been at least 26 years since the debut of the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone film. The studio may instead opt to take the Star Wars path and – hopefully with the help of Rowling – launch a new series introducing a new generation of characters.
And if that doesn’t work, there’s always the possibility of a Harry Potter TV series. CW execs would probably murder their own children to land that show, but WB could probably go anywhere it wanted. Who wouldn’t watch a Netflix series set in, say, the Ministry of Magic, or an HBO show about Aurors? The possibilities – and probably the profits – are endless.