Though the Harry Potter franchise could make a ninth movie or a film about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a complete series reboot may be the way to go. The Harry Potter films created one of the most successful movie franchises ever. Altogether, the films have earned more than $7 billion at the box office. But beyond box office numbers, the franchise has launched the careers of several popular actors, inspired a thriving theme park area at Universal Studios, and become ubiquitous throughout pop culture. Though the last film in the franchise, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, came out in 2011, the Harry Potter movies continue to drum up excitement among fans, even being one of the biggest draws for HBO Max at its launch.
The Harry Potter franchise lives on even after the main films. The Cursed Child, a J.K. Rowling-endorsed play, is a continuation of the story, showing what Harry Potter’s kids get up to at Hogwarts 19 years after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The play also revisits the franchise’s main characters, Harry, Hermione, and Ron, exploring their lives years down the road. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them also adds to the Harry Potter universe, giving a prequel to Rowling’s story about The Boy Who Lived, deepening the lore of the franchise, and putting several characters in a new light, including Albus Dumbledore and Nagini.