Imagine Harry Potter and the Cursed Child as a Movie

Raise your wand if you'd like to see the story on the big screen!
by Dyan Zarzuela   |  Aug 25, 2016
Image: Sonia Friedman Productions/Colin Callender/Harry Potter Theatrical Productions
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Have you finished reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child? Did you do the voices or act it out with your friends, too? As Muggles who can't Apparate to London and/or aren't blessed with enough Galleons to watch the play, we really appreciate having access to the screenplay. Still, it's just not the same as J.K. Rowling's novels—our imagination can only do so much to fill in the blanks.


Which is why it's exciting to hear reports about Warner Bros., the studio who brought to life the seven novels, applying for the trademark for the movie rights of Cursed Child. This would make the story more accessible and affordable. But the same reports are quick to say that it doesn't necessarily mean that the studio has concrete plans to turn it into a movie and that WB is doing this primarily to cover their bases. But still, the possibility is there, and so we hope.

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Who wouldn't want to see (SPOILER ALERT) the attack of the bookcases, the alternate universes created via time travel, the Trolley Witch surprise, the reveal of Voldemort's spawn, the subtext between Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy (WE SHIP IT), and all the plot points in the play that seem so crazy, it reads like crack fic? Honestly, we need some time to wrap our minds around the fact that all of it is now canon. (END OF SPOILERS)


With tickets to the play sold out till the end of time (JK, it just feels like it), it's definitely not the right time to turn it into a movie, IF they do decide to go through with it. But maybe in the future, maybe 19 years *cough cough* from now, maybe the creators and actors would consider going back to Hogwarts. Daniel Radcliffe has consistently said that he wouldn't play Harry in the play, but just recently, he gave us hope with this cautious answer: "At the moment I am definitely not at a stage where I would feel comfortable going back to it. Who knows in 10 and 20 years if I would feel differently. And I think I have still got a little while for me to be age-appropriate for this Harry." He'd definitely be more age-appropriate by that time, as well as the rest of the cast—no need for special makeup or prosthetics!


That said, there are many who prefer that the play remain a play. It was written as a play; it was meant to be performed on stage. But hey, stranger things have happened. In the right hands, a movie version could be just as or even more magical.

Would you want to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child as a movie? What was your favorite part of the book? Tell us in the comments section below!  

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Dyan Zarzuela
Council of Cool 9, Managing Editor, Columnist
Stalks celebrities, watches TV, marathons movies, curls up with books, and flails at concerts for a living. Also: semi-hardcore Whovian.
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