The Harry Potter movie franchise has been over for the past few years, with 2011's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 bringing the beloved series to a close. Fans will get to see a new extension of this wizarding world with next year's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, but it won't include any adventures of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, since this story takes place 70 years before they even arrived at Hogwarts. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will start a whole new trilogy, but one filmmaker in particular would like to direct another movie featuring this magical trio. Chris Columbus, who directed the first two Harry Potter movies, revealed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that he would love to direct a new Harry Potter movie that takes place after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2.
"I would love to go back and do another one. Not Fantastic Beasts as much, which I think is going to be amazing, but I would love to do another movie with those three characters - Harry, Hermione, and Ron. I'm just fascinated about what happened to them after the end of the last movie, because then they cut to 18 years ahead. There's 18 years there of great Harry Potter stories."
The end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 actually flash-forwarded 19 years ahead, showing the grown-up Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) taking their children to the train station for their first year at Hogwarts. After the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trilogy, it isn't known if Warner Bros. and author J.K. Rowling have any plans to continue telling Harry, Ron and Hermione's stories, either in print or on film. When asked if he has mentioned his ideas to J.K. Rowling herself, Chris Columbus revealed that he would like to know if she has any plans for exploring those "missing years."
"I don't have the courage to actually mention that to her because I have such respect for her. She should do what she wants to do, but I really would love to know what's in her head about those missing years."'
The franchise will also be continuing in a much different medium, with J.K. Rowling producing a London stage play that will be set within this magical universe, entitled Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The author wouldn't spoil any specific plot details, but she did confirm that the play is not a prequel, and that it will shed some light on an "untold part of Harry's story." The play is slated to debut on London's West End in the summer of 2016.
Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson are all in their mid-20s right now, and the flash-forward scene depicted the characters in their mid-30s. By the time the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trilogy has run its course, it's certainly possible that fans will be ready to revisit Harry and his friends in their 30s. Do you think that Chris Columbus has a point? Should there be a new movie (or set of movies) that explores the 19-year time gap?