While Harry Potter fans are excited enough about the franchise continuing on in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, they'd much rather be getting a new adventure featuring Harry Potter and his friends Ron and Hermione. That isn't happening, though, and probably won't. Ever. At least according to author J.K. Rowling.
She has stated in the past that she has no plans to revisit the main characters for another full-length book. But people keep asking the question. The Today Show once again went at it. And J.K. Rowling quite firmly says 'no'. But then, she doesn't want it to be that black and white. While she has no plans to continue the series, ever, she wants to leave the door open just a crack. Asked if we'd be getting Harry Potter 8 sometime in the future, she says:
"No. But even as I answer that, I know that someone's cutting this on YouTube to make it as though I just gave you hope....I'm afraid I haven't been writing the next Harry Potter. I have always said never say nev....Well, not never say never. I've always said I'm not going to say I definitely won't because I don't see why I should say that. You know, it's my world, and I might choose to step back into it. And in a way, I am stepping back into it."
J.K. Rowling is referencing Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. She is set to write the screenplay for this Harry Potter spin-off, which is bringing her back to the fantasy world she created. One that may star Eddie Redmayne if Warner Bros. gets their way. She is still in the process of writing the script, and the actor has yet to see the story. About continuing on the world created for Harry Potter in this way, she says:
I'm stepping back into that world, writing the script for 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.' That door is always opened to me. But I think Harry Potter 8, as in what happened next to Harry, Ron and Hermione-I don't think that's going to happen."
As of now, it's unclear if any of the Harry Potter characters will have a cameo in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them aside from lead hero Newt Scamander. As you can see, J.K. Rowling isn't completely saying no to continuing the adventures of Harry Potter and friends. But it could be decades before that happens. And probably never will. For now, we'll have to be content with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. And it is fortuitous that the author herself is writing this follow-up. Just because he has no plans to revisit Harry Potter himself, she doesn't rule out writing another children's book. She explains:
"I definitely will write for children again, 'cause I love writing for kids. So that will definitely happen, and that will sit comfortably alongside this work [with Lumos]. And maybe I'll get to read that new work to some of these children."