There have been seven Harry Potter books so far, and by the time The Deathly Hallows: Part II is released there will have been eight films. The young cast have spent ten years playing these characters known and beloved by readers of all ages for over a decade.
I say, “so far,” because J.K. Rowling recently intimated that she may one day write more books based in the Harry Potter universe. According to Digital Spy, she said:
“I could definitely write an eighth, ninth, tenth [book]. I’m not going to say I won’t. I don’t think I will… I feel I am done, but you never know.”
You can just see her brain working overtime. The lure of the money, of the telling of another chapter in the lives of Harry, Hermione, Ron, and all the other characters. It must be alluring for a write so closely associated with one book series.
However, Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, isn’t convinced. He recently reacted to the news by saying:
“Oh God, she promised me categorically that there wouldn’t be another book involving Harry. I think ten years is a long time to spend with one character.”
But would he appear in any future films based on future books that may or may not ever appear? That’s “very doubtful,” was his short answer.
The thing is Radcliffe could only appear if the future books told the story of what happened to him and his friends between the last chapter and the epilogue in The Deathly Hallows. Because otherwise an older actor would be required.
This is all speculation anyway because, let’s face it, Rowling is unlikely to actually write any more Harry Potter books. Isn’t she?