No one knew a return to Hogwarts would be in the works five years later when an eighth installment to the series came in the form of a stage-play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in summer 2016. And, the Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them spin-off soared into theaters just months later in fall 2016 to become one of the biggest movies of the year.
Though not written by Rowling herself but came with her full approval, the story focused on a grown-ups Harry, Ron and Hermione contending with a conflicting friendship between teenagers Albus Potter and Draco Malfoy's Scorpious Malfoy.
Ever since Cursed Child cast it's spell on the London West End, rumors have swirled about the sequel becoming a film trilogy. The idle gossip anticipated Warner Bros. could pursue a Star Wars:The Force Awakens revival with stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint reprising their roles somewhere around 2026 - near the same time Fantastic Beasts series is expected to conclude.
The rumors are getting stopped in their tracks by the creator of the series Rowling denying the development of a Cursed Child adaptation on her official twitter account.
Rowling has spoken out against a Cursed Child film before by correcting a fan about the rumor when the play made it's debut. At the time, producers also hinted the play could hit Broadway in New York City, as the production's home right now is in London.I know a lot of people are looking for reasons to be cheerful today, but there is NO TRUTH to the rumour about a #CursedChild movie trilogy!— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 20, 2017
The translation of the material from stage to film could be a bumpy one - not only would it be expected for previous castmates to sign on again to reprise their roles, but characters in the play like the essential Severus Snape could not be reprised by the late Alan Rickman who passed away last year. Also, a major asset to the play's success is it's spellbinding use of practical effects, something that the possibility of CGI may lose it's luster on the big screen.
However, this is not the first time Rowling has also changed her mind. The Harry Potter series was supposedly completed after the release of Deathly Hallows, only for Cursed Child to be produced. As well news of the Fantastic Beasts spin-off was initially released as a trilogy, only for the author to reveal at a fan event that the series would be extended to five movies.
It's also possible Rowling is simply downplaying the idea of a trilogy, and perhaps Cursed Child could be a singular movie or duology. A cinematic future for the eighth installment is ultimately unknown, but for now, Potter Fever is still catching on.