Now that J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” has been making waves in the world today, hopefuls and fanatics of the Wizarding World are probably at the edge of their seats waiting for the latest book to launch. You can just imagine how they would react should a movie adaptation about the book come out, which happens to be the subject of rumours and anticipation as of late. However, J.K. Rowling took it upon herself to shut down the reports with a single tweet.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) February 29, 2016
“You heard wrong. I’m afraid. #CursedChild is a play. #FantasticBeasts will be 3 movies, though!” reads the tweet by Rowling. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is set to debut in London this summer. The play is also officially the eighth installment in the franchise. Harry Potter fans anticipated that Warner Bros. will once again turn the novel into a movie, but it’s not going to happen anytime soon. Furthermore, those who won’t be able to see the play will still be treated to the official Rehearsal Edition of the script on July 31, 2016.
On the other hand, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” seems to be where film adaptations are revolving around at the moment. The Harry Potter spinoff is set 70 years before Harry and his friends started their adventures in Hogwarts. Scheduled for release on November 18, 2016, the film will feature Newt Scamander as the protagonist and Rowling herself is the screenwriter.
It has also been confirmed that the novel will have three movie adaptations in store for Harry Potter fans. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2“ and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 3“ will have 2018 and 2020 as their respective release dates.
Eddie Redmayne will star as the main character Newt Scamander and Katherine Waterson, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Samantha Morton, Ezra Miller, Colin Farrel, among others will also join in the film.