With the recent release of the third fantastic beasts and where to find them film, Dumbledore’s secretsone would expect the Harry Potter The franchise would currently find itself captivated by the affection of fans, enjoying box office success. Instead, the film’s release sparked a fierce debate, which has been brewing around the franchise for some time: A Harry Potter lost his magic?
Since Weekly entertainment and The Guardian in the depths of Reddit, many wonder if the series has run its course. Marked by cast controversies, writer scandals, disappointing prequels, and waning fan support, it looks like the franchise is starting to lose its spark. But there might still be a way to save it with a Marauders-era movie.
Fans have long hoped to see The Marauders, the infamous band of friends of James Potter, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin and Peter Pettigrew, make it to the big screen in their own movie. A quick internet search will show that Potter fans have been dedicated to the idea of a Marauder-era movie for some time, with countless social media posts spreading the characters and movies created by fans on Youtube, accumulating millions of views. There’s no doubt that a Marauders-era film would be well-received by fans and likely bring audiences back to the box office in droves. Here’s why.
Who are the Marauders and what would their film explore?
Introduced in the third Potter book, The Prisoner of Azkaban, The Marauders were a group of four friends who met in the 1970s at Hogwarts. Consisting of Harry’s father James Potter, infamous prisoner of Azkaban Sirius Black, former Hogwarts professor Remus Lupin and traitor Peter Pettigrew, the Marauders were, like the the official Wizarding World website explains, infamous while at school for their pranks and self-proclaimed “rock star status”. James was a hero on the Quidditch pitch, Sirius was the handsome rebel, Remus had the smarts and Peter was in a supporting role for all.
The Marauder era, accepted by fans as spanning from the band’s earliest days at Hogwarts through the end of the First Wizarding War, offers a wealth of storylines for a potential film – or series of films – to explore. . These range from big overarching storylines like Voldemort’s first rise to power and Peter betraying the Potters and their resulting deaths to smaller, more personal storylines. There’s James’ romance with Harry’s mother, Lily, to explore, Lupin’s struggle with being a werewolf, and the group’s journey to help by transforming into Animagus.
It’s also possible that a Marauders movie will show the backstory of several other characters from the original Potter series, such as a young Severus Snape, his ill-fated love for Harry’s mother, and his eventual turn to the dark side. Even Draco Malfoy’s parents and Death Eater Aunt Bellatrix could see an apparition. There’s no shortage of familiar, nostalgic yet hugely intriguing stories set in the Marauders era, which the franchise desperately needs, having not quite achieved that goal with Fantastic beasts and where to find them.
Unlike Fantastic Beasts, Fans Know and Love Marauders
Although it made solid profits and gained a devoted fanbase, the fantastic beasts The franchise never really took off like its predecessor. While this can be attributed to a number of factors, the cast controversies and JK Rowling‘s anti-trans debate among them, perhaps one of the main reasons it didn’t succeed is that it is too far removed from the original series, with an element of unfamiliarity diverting people instead of intrigue.
the fantastic beasts film series is based on Newt Scamander, the author of one of Harry’s Hogwarts textbooks, Fantastic beasts and where to find them. Focusing on Newt’s career as a magizoologist and his quest to defeat the dark wizard Grindlewald, the franchise explores an era of the wizarding world that is mostly unknown to fans. Although Dumbledore and, to a lesser extent, Grindelwald are familiar characters, most are not. As charming and well-written as Newt Scamander is, he’s still a fresh face, with audiences urged to invest in him. Perhaps too much to ask when there were plenty of characters fans were already invested in and ready to see on screen.
fantastic beasts also seems to lack the solid storylines of its predecessor. Many critics have spoken the slow progression of the franchise’s overall plot and that the series could have wrapped up the story in three films instead of the planned five. It could soon be a reality as Warner Bros. has yet to greenlight a fourth installment. It just doesn’t seem like there’s enough plot to sustain such a long franchise. This is where the potential success of a Marauders movie becomes clear.
What about other Harry Potter spin-offs?
Part of the magic of JK Rowling’s universe is that it’s beautifully imaginative – a rich, endlessly creative world with many characters and storylines spanning decades and different countries. The possibilities for potential spinoffs, sequels, and prequels are virtually limitless. Potential spin-off possibilities include films focusing on the founders of Hogwarts to Ministry of Magic Aurors. Perhaps the biggest candidate for the next Potter installment after fantastic beasts would have been, until recently, a big-screen adaptation of The cursed childthe critically acclaimed sequel play to the Potter films.
Following an older Harry and his children, The cursed child has a lot of the familiarity and intrigue that Marauders have, with enough distance from the original series to create some intrigue. No doubt the idea of seeing the original actors back in character would also be a huge draw for moviegoers. However, with Harry Potter with actor Daniel Radcliffe saying he’s not ready to return to the wizarding world anytime soon, hopes for this film were quickly dashed.
Clearly, then, a Marauders-era movie is the best future for the Potter franchise going forward. It’s something fans have always wanted. It’s a familiar story with characters fans know and love, but far enough removed from the original books and movies to be interesting and new. It’s the kind of No coming homethree Spider-men in a movie fan service, which the franchise needs to reclaim and continue its success.
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