It probably isn’t news to you that we’re approaching the end of the Harry Potter series of movies. We’ve already had all the books and with Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince now released, there’s just The Deathly Hallows to look forward to. Luckily, that hefty tome is being made into two films, but the end is still in sight.
J.K. Rowling has already stated that Harry Potter is over for her, that there aren’t going to be any more books involving Harry and his pals. And the chances are also remote that she will revisit the wizarding world of Hogwarts and Quidditch in any of her future writing.
However, could there be more movies? The Half-Blood Prince is breaking records left, right, and center, with the midnight opening record already under its belt, and it now also having achieved the biggest worldwide five-day opening ever, with box office receipts of $396.7 million.
With that payday in mind, I just can’t fathom Warner Bros. being willing to let go easily. I’m sure the studio would love J.K. Rowling to write more novels they can turn into movies, but even without that happening, I do wonder if it will be pressuring the British novelist to allow there to be spin-offs and side projects based on the Harry Potter universe.
Even I as a fan will be saddened when the closing credits of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part II end. But I’m not sure whether I’d like to see the end of the series at that point, or more movies made which may end up ruining the legacy of the eight main films.
In the end, it all comes down to what J.K. Rowling wants, because she has always been very careful about licensing out the Harry Potter name and stories associated with it. I doubt she’ll succumb to the lure of money because she already has a fortune, but the pressure on her will still be immense.