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8 Potterverse stories worth adapting for the big screen

There’s more of the wizarding world to explore beyond the Crimes of Grindelwald

grindelwald and dumbledore in the mirror in fantastic beasts: crimes of gindelwald Warner Bros. Pictures

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the second film in a planned, five-part prequel series to the original Harry Potter tales, finds Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander in Paris, colliding with figures from his past as the future of the wizarding world is put in jeopardy. Grindelwald returns. Dumbledore is there. There are callbacks (er, callforwards?) galore. For all the lore in J.K. Rowling’s world, the movie is intent on tracing a line back to Potter’s story.

Crimes of Grindelwald makes clear that the pentalogy is not exactly about fantastic beasts and where to find them, but instead a deeper investigation into the state of the Wizarding World before Voldemort came around. That is to say, it’s not exactly what we expected, considering how rich Rowling’s Potter world is with unmined plot points, passing mentions to greater events and minute details that fans go crazy for.

If three more Potterverse movies await us in the near future, there are stories out there that could keep Newt on his toes and deliver on fans’ long desires. Or maybe we just need to hold on to hope that, when the Fantastic Beasts saga wraps up, the Potter gatekeepers will turn their attention to the canon. Simply put: these are the stories we want to see in the future.

The photo of the original Order that Mad-Eye Moody shows Harry in the Half-Blood Prince
The photo of the original Order that Mad-Eye Moody shows Harry in the Half-Blood Prince.
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The Marauders and the original Order of the Phoenix

James Potter, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin and Peter Pettigrew — along with Lily Evans, Severus Snape and all the other Hogwarts students of that era — instantly became fodder for fan fiction and fan art. Characters only mentioned in passing like Marlene McKinnon, Dorcas Meadows and Molly Weasley’s brothers Fabian and Gideon Prewett usually get full backstory treatment and seeing them come to life on the big screen would be a treat.

It’s not just this crew of troublemakers in their Hogwarts days; these are the teenagers that would grow up to be radical defenders against Voldemort’s original rise, coming face-to-face with political issues and dangers as they join the Order of Phoenix in their early adulthood. Unlike the original Potter movies, there’s a definitive dark ending here since most of the original Order is murdered, vanished or displaced when Voldemort is first defeated. Think Rogue One for the Potterverse.

The Founders of Hogwarts as seen on Pottermore
The Founders of Hogwarts as seen on Pottermore
Pottermore/J.K. Rowling/Warner Bros.

Founder’s Era

With Game of Thrones still the most popular TV series on the planet, it would make sense to explore similar territory by way of Harry Potter. This story would tackle heightened medieval fantasy, the looming threat of Slytherin’s eventual departure and a glimpse into the Wizarding World before Hogwarts even existed.

How did each of the Founders get their magical objects? What mysterious properties does Hufflepuff’s Cup actually have? How did Ravenclaw design the intricate staircase system? How did they make the Sorting Hat? Did Gryffindor do anything besides wave his sword around and argue with Slytherin? There’s a lot of questions to be explored, set against that oh-so-loved Middle Ages England background.

The Bloody Baron teases some Slytherins in the Sorcerer’s Stone
The Bloody Baron teases some Slytherins in Sorcerer’s Stone.
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The Ghosts of Hogwarts

The halls of Hogwarts teem with ghosts, all with their own colorful backstories and backgrounds. The logistics of the wizarding afterlife are iffy: we know that ghosts chose to stay behind instead of moving on; we know that the mysterious veil in the Department of Mysteries has something to do with what lies beyond; and we know that Voldemort’s damaged soul is stuck in limbo (which looks like King’s Cross). But we have a very robust cast of ghosts drifting through the walls of Hogwarts, many discovered only to those who’ve poked around on Pottermore.

This could go in an eerie direction, but it could also be more lighthearted. Think the “Grim Grinning Ghosts” of Hogwarts as each tells their own tale.

young voldemort aka tom riddle in harry potter movies
Could be straight out of The Omen.
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Rise of Voldemort

If Warner Brothers is going to focus on the rise of a big bad, why not the biggest bad of them all? The Half-Blood prince movie did a half-measure job with Pensieve flashbacks, while the books revealed way more about Tom Riddle and his terrifying past.

Voldemort’s mother Merope Gaunt was the only daughter of a once great Pureblood family that had fallen in status. She uses a love potion on the handsome Muggle son of a rich family in town and marries him. Before the birth of their child, though, she lifts the effects of the love potion — out of guilt? out of love? out of fear? — and he leaves her. Merope dies as she gives birth to the child that will become Voldemort, leaving young Tom Riddle to grow up in an orphanage with a creepy childhood straight out of a horror movie: he compels a little boy’s pet rabbit to hang itself from the rafters and lures two other children into a cave, committing some unspeakable act that scares the two into silence. We never learn exactly what happened, but it was such an impact on his life that he used the cave as a hiding place for one of his Horcruxes years later.

This is all before Riddle arrives to Hogwarts and opens up the Chamber of Secrets. It’s the perfect set-up for an eerie and spooky take on the Potter world, since Voldemort was no normal kid.

a map of the japanese wizarding school on pottermore Pottermore

Any of the other wizarding schools

This would be a bit of a risky move considering J.K. Rowling’s track record with world-building outside of Europe, but the idea of exploring the wizarding world is just so enticing. What lies beyond Western Europe and North America?

We already get glimpses of Beauxbatons and Durmstrang in Goblet of Fire (though any seasoned Potter fan will know that the all-girls and all-boys versions of those schools are not accurate to their book counterparts), but Pottermore says that there’s 11 significant magic schools around the globe including North America’s Ilvermorny, Castelobruxo in Brazil, Uganda’s Uagadou, Russia’s Koldovstoretz and Mahoutokoro in Japan. That means there’s four TBA schools — where are they? What’s their stories? Newt could take us there.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard

One of the most memorable scenes in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 (aka Harry Potter and the Very Long Camping Trip) is “The Tale of Three Brothers,” one of the stories in Hermione Granger’s Tales of Beedle the Bard. It’s the story that first introduces us to the Deathly Hallows, animated in the film in an almost shadow-puppet like way.

The entire volume of the Tales of Beedle the Bard contains gems like “The Fountain of Fair Fortune” and “Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump.” A collection of short animated films, perhaps each in their own unique style, showcasing the world of Harry Potter without overlogging the original canon? Sign us up.

an illustration of the quintaped from the 2017 edition of fantastic beasts and where to find it
An illustration of the Quintaped from the 2017 edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

The Quintaped story

If there’s gonna be Fantastic Beasts adaptations, the beasts themselves deserve one of their own.

In the physical edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, there’s an entry for the Quintaped, a fearsome, flesh-eating, five-legged creature also known as the Hairy McBoon, that lives on the Scottish Isle of Drear, a location made unplottable so unsuspecting Muggles don’t accidentally wander and get eaten.

The story of the Quintaped goes deeper, though. The legend of the Quintaped says that two rival wizard clans, the MacBoons and the McCliverts, originally lived on the Isle of Drear. After a duel gone wrong, the McCliverts got revenge on the MacBoons by transforming them into terrifying five-legged creatures. Unfortunately, the MacBoons were much more formidable in creature form and promptly devoured all the McCliverts.

There’s many ways this story could go: a found-footage horror film with a group of young wizards stumbling on the island; a magizoologist like Scamander seeking out a Quintaped to try to find the truth; a pure flashback of the clan rivalry and terror that resulted ... it’s a smaller Potter story that’s haunted many who poured over their copies of Fantastic Beasts.

an image of the great Sasquatch rebellion as seen on pottermore
Look at these glorious Sasquatches leading their great rebellion!
Patrick Arrasmith/Pottermore

The Great Sasquatch Rebellion of 1892

The fact that this actually exists in the wider Potterverse is reason enough to include it in the list. Despite Harry falling asleep to Professor Binns’ droning voice, History of Magic as a class holds some fascinating tidbits about being and creature rebellions, so it’s hard to pick just one. While we’ve seen goblins in the movies, we’ve never seen or heard much about sasquatches.

The Great Sasquatch Rebellion of 1892 occurred when a group of sasquatches attacked the Magical Congress of the United States, forcing them to move locations from Washington to New York. Since then, in wizarding America, there’s been a successful novel based on the events as well as a smashing magical Broadway show. Imagine — singing sasquatches. Now that’s the Harry Potter spinoff we deserve.

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