No hit film is complete without a follow-on television show it seems. A TV remake has become part of the all-important merchandise, from the US version of About a Boy to the forthcoming spin-off Minority Report. According to J.K. Rowling herself, though, Harry Potter is not about to join them.
The author took to social media to squash the rumours of a comeback show after a fan sent Rowling a tweet, with a hint of sarcasm perhaps?
The Tales of Beedle the Bard is one of the spin-off books, the name of which was mentioned in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. A TV show certainly would have given Rowling an opportunity to tie up loose ends still floating around, like should Hermione really have ended up with Ron rather than the star wizard himself? For now at least we won’t be following the pair through married life in the suburbs. Rowling has moved on, having written three crime novels under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, the third being published this October.
Fans needn’t despair; there are still plenty of ways to get your Potter fix:
Have a Potter-tastic games night
You only have to head over to Amazon to find Harry Potter Lego, jigsaw puzzles, board games and more. The ‘Levitating Challenge’ is particularly popular, and being suitable for 8 years and up it’s perfectly acceptable for adults to get stuck in. If quizzes are more your thing you can try Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit.
Visit the Warner Bros. Studio Tour
Plan a day out in North London at the production home of Harry Potter to see the sets, props and costumes featured in the hit films. It really is a magical place where you can walk along Diagon Alley, sample a Butterbeer and get papped riding a broomstick.
During September they also have special screenings of all 8 films but you need to book in advance.
Join the fans online
Pottermore.com is the only website dedicated to Harry Potter that was set up by Rowling herself. The site is highly interactive and allows visitors to explore clips from the films as well as beginning their own story. There are extracts of new writing from the author, plus you can buy everything Potter related in the online shop.
Whether we can rule out a TV show forever remains to be seen. It’s been 18 years since the first book was published and 14 years since the first film broke all box office records when it opened in the UK in November 2001. Harry Potter is still loved across the world and interest is unlikely to wane anytime soon.
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