A Harry Potter sequel with a new book and a new movie may be possible based upon the release of a new short story from J.K. Rowling that focuses on the main characters 17 years into the future. But will we ever see this possibility, or will it remain the dreams of man a fan?
In a related report by The Inquisitr, we do know that Daniel Radcliffe says the short story is unlikely to be adapted into a film since “Harry’s 12 years older than I am right now. I don’t think I’ll have to worry about that for a long time, I’m hoping.” Rowling’s new story is written in the voice of Rita Skeeter, the Daily Prophet’s gossip writer, and it’s only about 1,500 words (which is about three times the length of this article), so that gave Radcliffe another reason to say no:
“I’m inclined to say no. It’s not even hypothetical at the moment. What she’s written, I haven’t read it yet. I am going to read it. But it is, as I understand it, a very short piece that I’m not sure it, of itself, is worthy of adaptation to film.”
The main reason behind this answers is because Radcliffe enjoys playing a variety of roles since he has spent much of his life playing the singular role of one young wizard. At the same time, Radcliffe is open a Harry Potter sequel as long as the script contains more adult themes:
“I would obviously never close the door on something like that entirely, because it would be foolish to. I don’t know under what circumstances I could be convinced that it would be a good idea to do it again.”
Regardless of what Radcliffe thinks, there’s also hints by Rowling herself that she may be planning more short stories since this is what she (Skeeter) writes:
“But let us not be severe. Harry Potter and his cohorts never claimed to be perfect! And for those who want to know exactly how imperfect they are, my new biography: Dumbledore’s Army: The Dark Side of the Demob will be available from Flourish and Blotts on July 31st.”
The events leading up to the short story may be good enough to lead up to a Harry Potter sequel. It’s mentioned that Harry has a “nasty cut” or a facial scar when he was spotted at the Quidditch World Cup. Of course, Rita Skeeter makes it out to be a fight between Harry and his wife, Ginny:
“Has his wife perhaps cursed him? Are the cracks beginning to show in a union that the Potters are determined to promote as happy?”
More likely, it’s Harry’s career as an Auror that would leave him with some injuries. That type of thing is bound to leave plenty of opportunities for Rowling to come up with a new full length novel or at least a series of short stories.
Unfortunately, Rowling has continuously claimed she is done writing full length novels about the characters, and she certainly does not need the money. This opinion could likely change since George Lucas used to say the same thing about making Star Wars episodes 7 through 9. But the release of the short story, and Rowling’s involvement in writing for the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie, proves she still has a interest in the subject matter, so it seems very likely that a Harry Potter sequel remains a real possibility… but we just have to be patient.