The saga ‘Harry Potter’ will continue to grow despite the results of ‘Fantastic Beasts’

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After making 43 million dollars at the domestic box office in its first weekend, ‘Fantastic Animals: The Secrets of Dumbledore’ becomes the worst opening in the Wizarding World, well below the 62 that reached ‘Fantastic Animals: The crimes of Grindelwald’ in 2018. This would not be the best news for the saga in view of the fact that installments 4 and 5 are in the air pending the reception of ‘The secrets of Dumbledore’. And they are not being good, not even for Warner herself. “Although the figures for ‘The Secrets of Dumbledore’ are still lower than those of previous films, we still believe that the series has done its job keeping the Wizarding World fresh in people’s heads, and we are happy with the benefits that we have received. seen thanks to the franchise’s theme parks, stores, and more products and experiences,” Jeff Goldstein, head of domestic distribution for the studio, tells The Wrap.

That’s why Harry Potter fans don’t have to worry, there’s magic for a while. Even if the spin-off series starring Eddie Redmayne were cancelled, we’d still have more as Warner Bros. doesn’t plan to stop expanding JK Rowling’s universe. The merger between WarnerMedia and Discovery could mark a new stage in the franchise that went beyond ‘Fantastic Beasts’ because “‘Fantastic Beasts’ was always conceived as a piece of a larger plan to build the Wizarding World” explains Goldstein.

Theme parks, merchandising, video games like ‘Hogwarts Legacy’ or reunions like ‘Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: ​​Return to Hogwarts’ would be more exciting expansions and valued by fans than the movies themselves. That is why Warner will continue to plan to extend the Wizarding World in other ways, such as new projects on the HBO Max streaming platform.

back to the origin

The new CEO of the company, David Zaslav, could consider, on the other hand, that the best way to return to emotion as before is, precisely, a return to the origin. The best placed bet would come through the adaptation of ‘The Cursed Legacy’, a sequel novel to the Harry Potter books that narrates the adventures of adult Harry, Ron and Hermione. Analysts point out that the meeting of HBO Max or the good reception of Jude Law as Dumbledore reflect that viewers are more interested in what they already know than in a new world building by JK Rowling that is not quite coming together.

Bringing back Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint would delight fans, although the Potter actor has already declared his refusal. The success of the reunion could mean the return of the favorite characters of the fans, something more attractive for them after the little impact that ‘Fantastic Animals’ is having.

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