The Best Harry Potter Prequel Has Ever Been Written (Not Fantastic Beasts)

Warner Bros. failed with the Fantastic Beasts prequel movies, but a better option would be to tell the story of the Marauders and Lily and James Potter

The best Harry Potter the prequel series has already been written. Warner Bros. is eager to turn Harry Potter into a bigger franchise, but unfortunately the studio is struggling to achieve that. The fantastic beasts the films were a solid attempt, but they largely failed, leaving the wizarding world in limbo.

At the beginning the fantastic beasts The series looked promising, potentially setting up movies that would flesh out the magical world through the exploits of Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander. But they focused on setting up a dark wizarding war and forgot about the wonder and joy of discovery that was always at the heart of the franchise. Sensing something wasn’t working, Warner Bros. and JK Rowling pivoted until their prequel nature was the films’ main selling point. Marketing for Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets focused more on Albus Dumbledore than Newt Scamander, signaling that the trilogy had wandered off course. Fantastic Beasts 4 increasingly seems to have been quietly cancelled.


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The Harry Potter franchise has suffered considerable damage over the past few years, in part because Rowling herself has become increasingly controversial. If a prequel series is indeed the only thing that can work, then ironically the best potential approach has already been put in place; one was about James Potter and the Marauders. Rowling even once wrote a prequel story, sold at a charity auction in 2008 but also published online. Further details were of course told in the main Harry Potter books themselves – which included a number of flashbacks through magical means such as the Pensieve. This could retain the sense of wonder that characterized the Harry Potter films by highlighting Lily Potter, Harry’s Muggle-born mother, who would serve as the perfect window into the wizarding world.

Will a Marauders movie or TV show ever happen?

There is currently no indication that Rowling and Warner Bros. are working on a Marauders movie – or even a high-value television series. The latter would potentially be a clever pivot, simply because it would lend itself well to the kind of world-building arcs and extended characters the concept deserves. Such a show could start at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, follow the traditional Harry Potter approaches each season telling the story of an academic year, and potentially shifting to the wizarding war between the Order of the Phoenix and Voldemort’s Death Eaters.

It is true that large parts of the arc of the characters are already known. But some of the memories explored in the Pensieve suggest that most of what Harry learned was filtered through the nostalgic reminiscences of those who loved his parents. It would be fascinating to have the opportunity to really spend time with Lily and James Potter, and their friends, and see how Hogwarts has changed over the decades under the leadership of Albus Dumbledore. The teenage romance between Lily and James Potter would make the show truly distinctive, however, given the Harry Potter movies have never really excelled at romance. Harry’s parents were only 21 when they died, and there would be enormous power in viewers getting to know them in a way that Harry himself never could.

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