The next movie installment in the Harry Potter Universe (HPU) is now out.
And with author J K Rowling calling the shots on the storyboard, Warner Bros. is all set to push the franchise forward as it dives deeper into the mythology that supports Rowling’s magical kingdom. I have personally been a hardcore fanatic of the Potter franchise since the first book came out in 1997, and over this twenty-one year old journey, we (the readers) have witnessed a deep transition in the way we have imagined Hogwarts and its most adored characters. If you come to think of it, a child born exactly around the time the series first came out, would be old enough to drink legally today! That, perhaps, is symbolic of the fact that spin-off movies such as the one we are currently looking at, are just as big as their mainstream counterparts.
Market analysts from Hollywood have predicted that “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is going to amass nearly $65-$75 million during its opening weekend. The first movie in the Fantastic Beasts franchise (Fantastic beasts and where to find them, named after the Potter universe textbook) raked in $814 million* worldwide, not too bad when compared to the $1.3 billion run that the final movie in the Harry Potter franchise featuring Harry, made. The Deathly Hallows Part II so far remains the last movie to ever feature Harry Potter as the titular character – although we can only speculate whether this is likely to change in the coming years.
Followers of the Potter universe are aware of the events as described in a future timeline within the ‘Cursed Child’ narrative. And although a movie version of ‘Harry Potter and The Cursed Child’ has not been officially commissioned yet, it is easy to imagine that Warner Bros will not want to forego the possible massive capitalization of such a title, especially after witnessing the hype and performance on its spin-off movies. It is noteworthy that the Harry Potter fandom has been generously spending on amusement parks, merchandise… literally anything that allows them to go one layer deeper in nostalgia about the ‘boy who lived’. It is then absolutely clear why people are so excited about the new silver screen release.
“It is the most anticipated fall movie” – Erik Davis (Managing Editor, FanDango)
*Another $858 million was recovered via DVD and Blur-ray sales of the movie