I love Harry Potter. I love all of the books and movies, even the first two books... which were pretty campy. Even though I loved the final book, I've always wanted more. Maybe that is the best way to leave the audience, but to me, it would be a shame. The Harry Potter universe is so vast and unexplored and I would love more books maybe even eventually more movies. Here are some ways that J.K. Rowling could continue the Harry Potter saga:
9. Continue the adventures of Harry Potter
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ended the series on a pretty good note. Epilogue aside, it wrapped up all the plot points we had been reading about for the past seven novels. However, I can't help but wonder what happened to Harry Potter after the original series ended. Maybe he faces a new evil as an adult, something worse than Voldemort. Maybe he has to face off against an evil clone? Who knows! The possibilities are endless. I would love a new trilogy dealing with some new evil or a series of one-off adventures with Harry and the gang.
8. Order of the Phoenix Prequel Trilogy
Is using the words "prequel" and "trilogy" too soon? Okay, so this is something I really do want. Perhaps it could be from Sirius Black's point of view. A series of books that recounts all the battles, missions, and adventures that Harry's parents and their friends had while fighting in the first wizarding war. It could end right where the original series begins, with the final battle between Sirius and Peter Petigrew and the death of Harry's parents.
7. Lupin Undercover
Remember when Lupin said he was working undercover as a werewolf? Imagine a thriller from Remus Lupin's point of view where he infiltrates a group of werewolves in order to bring them over to the Orders side. Instead, his plan fails and Lupin ends up in a fight for his life. The first thriller novel in the Harry Potter world.
6. The Rise and Fall of Tom Riddle
A book that follows Tom Riddle from his humble beginnings to his eventual fall would be fantastic. Perhaps a trilogy that details his beginnings, The first wizarding war and his missing years, and then the events of the original series from his point of view. C'mon Rowling, get on it.
5. The Life and Times of Albus Dumbledore
The small peek we were given at Dumbledores early life in Deathly Hallows was one of my favorite parts of the book. I would love to see an entire book dedicated to everyone's favorite old wizard. From his arrogant beginnings to his romance and humbling duel with Grindelwald. A book like this could be something really special. And Rowling could use Rita Skita's in-book title as the title of the novel. Perfect.
4. The Next Generation
I would be completely open to a new series following Harry's kids on their adventures. G. Norman Lippert's James Potter ebook series is the closest thing we have to that right now. If you haven't read them, check them out!
3. Wizards of the Future
A new series taking place in the year 2200. Wizards are all but gone and Hogwarts is in ruin. A group of friends with the ability to use magic happen upon Hogwarts and begin to teach themselves. Little do they know that by revealing themselves as witches and wizards, they have unlocked a dark power that was locked away centuries ago. Imagine the mystery of what happened to all the wizards? What happened to Hogwarts? Why is the wizarding world in ruin? What is this new evil? This is my pitch. You can steal it from me J.K., I don't mind.
2. Hogwarts Founders
A story involving the founders of Hogwarts could be really interesting if done right. Their friendship, opening the school, the beginning scandals. Eventually the downfall of Godric Gryffindor and Salazar Slytherin's friendship, perhaps resulting a 3 vs 1 duel at the end. This could foreshadow the relationship between the houses for years to come.
1. Time Travel Retcon
I have a story idea for a Harry Potter sequel. What if in the spin-off, [Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them](movie:1112558), Newt Scamander faces off against an evil that he locks away. Fifty years later, the evil is released and takes over a young Tom Riddle. Flash forward to the future, years after the battle of Hogwarts, this dark power returns and Harry realizes that Tom was an innocent victim. With this newfound knowledge, Harry, being the hero he is, travels back in time to save Tom Riddle. Together Harry and Tom must defeat this evil and learn to work together in the process. In the end, Harry makes the ultimate sacrifice by giving up his current life in order to save all the people Tom Riddle would have killed as Voldemort. The timeline is changed, and the entire series is retconned. Not only would this be a great story with amazing banter and character development between Harry and Tom Riddle, It would also completely divide fans. What an amazing way to end a series. Once again, J.K. Rowling, feel free to steal this from me.
Hopefully J.K. Rowling will continue to expand the Harry Potter universe. Until then, we'll all just have to sit tight until Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits theaters in 2016!