It's been nearly eight years since the final installment of the Harry Potter series, The Deathly Hallows, was released, and fans are still going bonkers for new additions to the wizarding world. With the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film, as well as the brand-new play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, on the way, J.K. Rowling is far from finished with Harry. Few details have been released about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Rowling has shared that the play is within the Harry Potter canon, but it is not a prequel, that it will tell us more about what happened to Harry's parents, and that it hits the West End stage in 2016. She has been mischievously quiet about the project otherwise, but has guaranteed fans that it will be worth the wait. But could there be other Harry Potter spinoffs in store?
Considering how much excitement is already behind these two projects, I reckon Rowling will have plenty more to create from the already lush tales and characters of the Harry Potter series. I'm chomping at the bit to see Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, and he's a character whose story predates the Hogwarts fans know and love from the books and films. There are still so many more fascinating histories and tales of magic to be told.
Here are a few spin-offs of the Harry Potter series I would love to see written, made into plays, movies, and maybe even a Netflix series. Take a look.
1. Hermione & The Muggles
A look inside Hermione's life and family in the Muggle world. Since she's Hogwarts most dedicated student, having to hide her magical side must be devastating... and likely hilarious. She also suffered a great deal of bullying over having Muggle parents, so seeing how she dealt with it at home would be fascinating. I also want to know more about the period in which Hermione had to change her parents' identities and memories in order to save them from Death Eaters.
2. Butterbeer and Chocolate Frogs: A Culinary History of Magical Meals
The food in the Harry Potter universe deserves its own story, and this is the book to do it.
3. Hogwarts Class of '78
What happened at Hogwarts when Severus Snape, Lily Evans, James Potter, Remus Lupin, and Sirius Black were all students?
4. The Daily Prophet
Full issues of The Daily Prophet from each time they are discussed or appear in the Harry Potter books. Along with the juicy front page gossip, we'd get all of the daily wizarding news, like what's happening at the Ministry of Magic.
5. Hagrid's Hut
Everything that's not supposed to happen at Hogwarts always happens in Hagrid's hut or on the grounds Hagrid patrols. This book looks at all of the magical mischief Hagrid keeps from Dumbledore's knowledge. Plus some steamy snippets of Hagrid and Madame Olympe Maxime.
6. The Writings on the Wall
What happens at Hogwarts from the perspective of its very opinionated portraits?
7. Invisible Mischief
Harry's not the only wizard to ever use the invisibility cloak — this book is a sneaky peek into what happens when the invisibility cloak gets into the right and wrong hands.
8. Teachers' Lounge
The Hogwarts professors get together to gossip about the students, and how much everyone hates Dolores Umbridge.
9. The Marauder's Map
There's more going on at Hogwarts than the books tell us. Let the Marauder's Map show us what's REALLY happening.
10. The Ghosts of Hogwarts
Nearly Headless Nick, the Fat Friar, the Grey Lady, the Bloody Baron, Professor Binns, and Moaning Myrtle give us the ghostly gossip of the most magical place in the world.
11. Magic Neville
AMIRIIIIIIIIGHT!? I'm right. Let's bring Matthew Lewis and Magic Mike XXL together, just as the world intended.
I could do this all day, but the fact of the matter is that, with the advent of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, who knows what other surprises could come from the Harry Potter universe next.
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