Warner Brothers has officially denied rumors that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is getting a film adaptation.
Anyone else remember when J.K. Rowling said she was done with Harry Potter after Deathly Hallows? Well, that continues to not be true. Her Comic Relief novella Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is somehow getting a pair of movies. And we’ve also been granted the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Naturally, rumors have been swirling about a possible Cursed Child movie. But now Warner Brothers has officially stepped in to say it’s not happening. They’re content to let it remain a play, and most people are going to experience it through buying the script book. After all, why shell out the bucks to see this story on stage? You may get the experience in a movie before too long.
That’s the official version, anyway. Personally, I suspect it’s something much simpler. Because the fact is, Cursed Child sucks. To no one’s surprise, the script has been a hot seller since its release. But actual reactions to it tell a much different story. The occasional fan has popped up, but they’re loudly drowned out by negative reviews. Fans are outraged at their old favorites acting horribly out of character in service of a nonsensical mess of a story.
Basically, the only reason anyone could be interested in watching the play after reading this script is curiosity over how the numerous special effects are pulled off. With a movie, even that’s taken away, so it doesn’t take much effort to see how little anyone would actually want a film adaptation of this thing. No one at the studio wants to be behind the only Harry Potter film to crash and burn.
The play’s horrendous reception did at least have one positive effect, as suddenly everyone shut up about a black actress playing Hermione. But that does nothing for all the people who have already paid to see it, and even if this announcement hadn’t come, I was definitely not expecting a movie to ever be made. It’s all for the best to just let this one lie.