In quite possibly the least surprising news since the discovery that Donald Trump is part of an elaborate experiment designed by aliens to troll the human race, it was reported this week that Warner Bros. are potentially looking to turn J.K. Rowling's uber-successful debut stage play Harry Potter And The Cursed Child into a movie.
A UK legal expert discovered that Warner Bros. filed an application this month for a trademark on the play's title, which means something is coming — if not a movie, then probably a Blu-ray release of the play for when its theatrical run is over.
I'm usually the first person to pop the champagne anytime J.K. Rowling reveals another insanely tiny but bizarrely emotional new update from the vast world of Harry Potter, but the possibility of this trademark application leading to a movie somewhere down the line begs the question...
Do We Really Need A Cursed Child Movie?
Putting aside the fact that a new Harry Potter film would make all the money, there's actually a very convincing argument for keeping Cursed Child on the stage and off the screen.
Its unique two-part structure, along with the fact that the audience are trusted to keep the secret of who the cursed child is, means the story of Harry and Ginny's youngest son Albus Severus (played by Sam Clemmett) could run on the stage. It could transfer to Broadway, revolve its cast or even spawn a book adaptation, but the stage is where this story deserves to live. If a movie is made, the secret is spilled, and the play then has no purpose.
There's also the fact that there's already huge potential for another prequel movie or franchise within the Harry Potter universe. The death of Voldemort in Deathly Hallows is the end of a centuries-long chapter. Imagine witnessing the Four Founders coming together to build Hogwarts, and then being split apart by dark forces within. I'm so here for that. It would be a straight-up crime if we never got to see Salazar Slytherin on screen.
And that's not to say there shouldn't be a movie telling the stories of Albus Severus, his siblings, and the children of Ron, Hermione, Draco and the rest of the gang (who are all coincidentally the same age...) — it just shouldn't be this story.
Warner Bros. aren't exactly in danger of losing that Harry Potter coin any time soon, with Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (the first in a trilogy) due to hit theaters November 18. Find out everything you need to know about Beasts here.