Harry Potter fans continue to hope and hope that they will see the Boy that Lived ride one more broom and speak one more enchantment. Matt Lauer interviewed Rowling on the Today show and asked J.K. Rowling about the possibility of more Harry Potter books. The question came as the author has been living a low-profile recently.
“No,” Rowling answered. “But even as I answer that, I know that someone’s cutting this on YouTube to make it as though I just gave you hope.” For extra clarity, she continued: “I’m afraid I haven’t been writing the next Harry Potter.”
Of course, she has been recently writing the script for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which heads to the screen next year. “So you know, that door is always opened to me,” the author continued. “But I think Harry Potter 8, as in what happened next to Harry, Ron and Hermione—I don’t think that’s going to happen.”
In news regarding “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” Warner Bros. Pictures is reportedly looking closely at Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne for the lead role in the upcoming “Harry Potter” spinoff.
David Yates is on board to direct the film which is set 70 years before the events of the Potter series and follows a fictitious author named Newton Scamander who compiled a reference guide to magical beasts. There is reportedly no offer at the current moment but Redmayne is the studio’s top choice. Author J.K. Rowling is still working on the script, and Redmayne will not commit until he reads it.
“Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for 17 years, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the ‘Harry Potter’ series but an extension of the wizarding world,” Rowling explained of the trilogy.
WB’s “Harry Potter” series — which began in 2001 and concluded in 2011 — grossed more than $7 billion worldwide, making it the highest-grossing film franchise of all time. The second and third “Fantastic Beasts” films are scheduled for release on November 16, 2018 and November 20, 2020.