Harry Potter and the Cursed Child could be getting a movie adaptation

Having earned rave reviews when it previewed last month, there's a fair bit of hype surrounding Harry Potter and the Cursed Child right now. J.K. Rowling had previously been quoted as saying that the play would not make the jump to the big screen, but it seems like there's a chance that the eighth chapter of the Harry Potter saga could be seen in cinemas after all.

Intellectual property solicitor Brian Conroy has noticed that Warner Bros. - the studio responsible for the eight Harry Potter movies in addition to the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trilogy - filed the trademark for the movie rights earlier this month. Seeing as WB wouldn't be able to do that without having the rights to it, it's likely that the studio has already come to some sort of agreement with Rowling. 

If this does come to pass, we probably won't see Harry and co back on the silver screen until after the Fantastic Beasts franchise concludes in 2020, which would be nine years after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. I'd be curious to see whether the actors from the previous films would come back; Daniel Radcliffe recently stated that his return is dependent on the script, so we'll put this one down under 'maybe'. 

Starring Jamie Parker, Paul Thornley, and Noma Dumezweni, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opens on July 30, 2016 at the Palace Theatre in London.

Amon Warmann

Amon is a contributing editor and columnist for Empire magazine, but is also a Film and TV writer for GamesRadar+, Total Film, and others. He has also written for NME, Composer Mag, and more, along with being a film critic for TalkSport. He is also the co-host of the Fade to Black Podcast, and a video mashup creator. Can also do a pretty good Bane impersonation.