Chris Columbus, the director who was at the helm of the first two “Harry Potter” movies, reportedly wants to return to the franchise and bring Ron and Hermione back on the screen. The director is said to be interested in the original characters and not the “Fantastic Beasts” spinoff.
According to a report by Time, Columbus has expressed an interest, while promoting his latest flick “Pixels,” in making a movie in the intervening period between the defeat of Voldemort and the scene at the railway station in which all the major characters are grown up and have children of their own.
The last scene in the final 2011 “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2” movie showed Ron (Rupert Grint), Hermione Granger (Emma Watson), Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton) and the other characters 19 years after the last battle at Hogwarts. Columbus said he was “fascinated” by what happened to the characters during this period and added that there were some “great” stories of the main characters that needed to be told.
Columbus said he has not pitched the idea to J.K. Rowling, the writer on whose books the “Harry Potter” movies are based. “I don’t have the courage to actually mention that to her because I have such respect for her,” the director said. He felt that the author “should do what she wants to do,” but later added that he wanted to know “what’s in her head” for the years before the scene at the railway station.
The director emphasized that he is not interested in being at the helm of the “Fantastic Beasts” trilogy that is based in the same fantasy world. The story is set about 70 years before Harry, Ron and Hermione entered Hogwarts. The first of the three movies is being directed by David Yates and the movie is slated to be released on Nov. 18, 2016.
According to a report by Metro, about 20,000 girls auditioned for the role of Modesty in “Fantastic Beasts.” The producers announced an open casting for the role, similar to what they did for the first “Harry Potter” movie, and have received an overwhelming response from the fans.