J.K. Rowling: ‘Harry Potter’ spinoffs set stage for more movie magic

Sept. 13, 2013 | 1:38 p.m.

YEAR 1: Daniel Radcliffe joined the cast of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" as Harry Potter, "the boy who lived." The dark wizard Lord Voldemort killed his parents and tried to kill Harry when he was a baby, leaving a zigzag scar on his forehead. Harry lived in a cupboard under the stairs at his Aunt and Uncle Dursley's house on Privet Drive until, on Harry's 11th birthday, Rubeus Hagrid informed him that he was a wizard and invited him to attend the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. (Peter Mountain/Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 1: Hagrid took Harry to Diagon Alley to buy school supplies for Hogwarts -- spellbooks, an owl, and, of course, a wand. Here, Ollivander, played by John Hurt, helps Harry find his wand, which is 11 inches and made of holly with a phoenix feather core. "It is curious that you should be destined for this wand when its brother gave you that scar," Ollivander tells Harry. "The wand chooses the wizard, Mr. Potter. It's not always clear why. But I think it is clear that we can expect great things from you." (Peter Mountain/Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 1: Soon after arriving at Hogwarts, Harry and the other first-years are sorted into houses: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin. Here, Professor Minerva McGonagall, played by Maggie Smith, places the sorting hat on Harry's head. After Harry pleads "not Slytherin," the hat assigns him to Gryffindor. (Peter Mountain/Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 1: Harry Potter and Ron Weasley, played by Rupert Grint, arrive late to Transfiguration class. The pair became fast friends on the Hogwarts Express and were nearly inseparable from then on. (Peter Mountain/Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 1: Harry immediately falls out of favor in Professor Severus Snape's potions class. "Fame isn't everything," Snape says, scolding Harry for not paying attention. (Peter Mountain/Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 1: Harry discovers he has a natural ability with a broom during Madame Hooch's flying lesson. After Draco Malfoy steals Neville Longbottom's Remembrall, Harry chases him down on the broom, unwittingly catching Professor McGonagall's attention. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 1: Professor McGonagall, seeing Harry's skill on a broom, introduces him to Quidditch Captain Oliver Wood, saying, "Wood, I have found you a Seeker." Here, Harry plays with a Snitch as Oliver explains the rules of Quidditch. (Peter Mountain/Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 1: Harry prepares to compete in his first Quidditch match. During the match, Professor Quirrell jinxes Harry's broom. Thinking Snape is behind the curse, Hermione sets his robes on fire and inadvertently distracts Quirrell from his spelling, freeing Harry from the jinx. Harry swallows the Snitch, winning the match for Gryffindor. (Peter Mountain/Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 1: Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy serve detention together, helping Hagrid track down a unicorn in the Forbidden Forest. Harry finds a cloaked figure drinking the blood of a slain unicorn. Firenze, a centaur in the forest, tells Harry that the figure is Voldemort and that the unicorn blood is keeping him alive. (Peter Mountain/Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 1: Harry Potter and his owl, Hedwig, in the Hogwarts courtyard. (Peter Mountain/Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 1: Harry relies on Hermione and Ron to help him protect the Sorcerer's Stone from Voldemort. Here, the trio is shown on a life-size Wizard's Chess board, one of the enchantments protecting the stone's hiding place. Harry is able to defeat Professor Quirrell and prevent Voldemort from using the stone's powers of immortality. (Peter Mountain/Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 1: Harry Potter wears Gryffindor colors in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." Harry's courageous actions helped Gryffindor win the House Cup. (Peter Mountain/Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 2: In "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," the Dursleys locked Harry in his room and refused to let him return to Hogwarts. Ron and his twin brothers, Fred and George, rescued Harry in their father's flying Ford Anglia, much to Molly Weasley's chagrin. Here, Harry and Ron take the enchanted car to Hogwarts after missing the train and wind up crash-landing in the Whomping Willow. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 2: Harry Potter and Hogwarts caretaker Argus Filch (David Bradley), find a menacing message painted on the wall. Harry later learns the Chamber of Secrets houses a monster that attacks students whose parents aren't pureblood wizards. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 2: Harry Potter finds Tom Riddle's diary in the girl's bathroom after Ginny Weasley tries to get rid of it. The diary transports Harry into a memory that falsely implicates Hagrid in a series of attacks against Muggle-born students. (Peter Mountain/Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 2: Harry Potter walks toward the basilisk's lair in the Chamber of Secrets. Harry was able to open the chamber by speaking Parseltongue, the language of snakes. (Peter Mountain/Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 2: Tom Riddle takes Harry's wand in the Chamber of Secrets. When Harry finds Ginny dying in the chamber, Tom Riddle reveals that he is Voldemort, preserved in a memory as his 16-year-old self. Tom Riddle uses Ginny to try to become corporeal. (Peter Mountain/Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 2: Harry runs through the tunnels, trying to hide from the basilisk. Dumbledore's phoenix, Fawkes, brought Harry the Sorting Hat then blinded the giant snake. The hat presented Harry with Godric Gryffindor's sword, which he used to kill the basilisk. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 2: Harry and Ginny are shown together in the Chamber of Secrets. After Harry defeats the basilisk, he uses its fang to destroy Tom Riddle's diary and the part of Voldemort preserved inside of it. Harry later learns that the diary was one of Voldemort's Horcruxes. (Peter Mountain/Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 2: Harry Potter holds Godric Gryffindor's sword in Albus Dumbledore's office. Harry tells Dumbledore he noticed many similarities between himself and Tom Riddle. "It is not our abilities that show us what we truly are," Dumbledore responds. "It is our choices." (Peter Mountain/Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 3: In "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," Harry returns to Hogwarts after a frustrating summer at the Dursleys'. When Harry arrives at the Leaky Cauldron via the Knight Bus, he learns that convicted Death Eater Sirius Black is at large after escaping from Azkaban. (Murray Close/Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 3: Harry Potter pets Buckbeak the hippogriff during Hagrid's Care of Magical Creatures lesson. Buckbeak attacks Draco Malfoy after being provoked and his father, Lucius Malfoy, gets an execution order for the animal. Harry and his friends try to save him. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 3: Harry and Ron sulk during Professor Sybill Trelawney's Divination class. Harry thinks Trelawney is a fraud until she goes into a trance and predicts the return of the Dark Lord's servant. (Murray Close/Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 3: In the movie, Harry finds out that Sirius Black, an animagus who can transform into a dog, is his godfather and is falsely accused of being a Death Eater. The trio also learns that Ron's rat, Scabbers, is really Peter Pettigrew, one of Voldemort's minions. They all face off in the Shrieking Shack. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 3: Harry, Hermione and Ron hide behind giant pumpkins outside Hagrid's hut when the executioner comes for Buckbeak. Harry and Hermione use her Time-Turner to relive the events of the day, saving Buckbeat, Sirius and themselves. (Murray Close/Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 3: Harry casts a Patronus charm to ward off Dementors in the Forbidden Forest, saving his "other" self and Sirius. (Murray Close/Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 4: Harry, Hermione and Ron rush out of their tent to discover Death Eaters have attacked the thousands of wizards gathered to watch the Quidditch World Cup in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire." Harry gets knocked out during the stampede and upon awakening sees a man sending the Dark Mark into the sky. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 4: Harry and Hermione share a moment before the first task of the Triwizard Tournament. Although Harry didn't nominate himself to represent Hogwarts in the tournament against other wizard schools -- the Durmstrang Institute and the Beauxbatons Academy of Magic -- his name was myseriously chosen by the Goblet of Fire, and he was bound to compete. (Murray Close/Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 4: Harry has to collect a golden egg protected by a Hungarian Horntail dragon in the first Triwizard challenge. Harry summons his Firebolt broom to the arena and tries to out-fly the fearsome beast. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 4: Harry and Hermione talk at the Yule Ball. Harry attends the dance with Parvati Patil after he learns that his first choice, Cho Chang, had already made plans to go with Cedric Diggory. (Murray Close)

YEAR 4: Ron and Hermione try to help Harry find a way to breathe underwater for the next Triwizard task. When Neville tries to offer Harry a botany book, Harry says, "Neville, no offense, but I really don't care about plants. Now, if there's a Tibetan turnip that will help me breathe underwater for an hour, great. But otherwise..." Neville responds, "I don't know about turnips, but you could always use gillyweed." The plant helps Harry grow gills to complete the challenge. (Murray Close/Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 4: After Harry and Cedric complete the final Triwizard challenge, a giant maze, and grab the Triwizard Cup together, they discover the cup is a Portkey, which transports them to Voldemort's father's grave. Voldemort commands minion Peter Pettigrew to kill Cedric. (Murray Close/Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 4: Pettigrew uses his own hand, a bone from Tom Riddle Sr. and blood from Harry to brew a potion that allows Voldemort to regenerate. Harry and Voldemort fight each other wand-to-wand. "I want to see the light leave your eyes!" Voldemort yells at Harry. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 4: As Harry and Voldemort face off, their twin wands connect, and Priori Incantatem (a reverse-spell effect) causes spirit echoes of Voldemort's victims, including Harry's parents, to manifest. They protect Harry, giving him enough time to grab Cedric's body and escape using the Portkey. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 5: In "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," Harry Potter flees Dementors near his home in Little Whinging. After they attack him and his cousin Dudley, Harry summons his Patronus to chase them away. When he gets back to No. 4 Privet Drive, Harry receives a letter informing him he has been expelled from Hogwarts for using underage magic. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 5: Members of the Order of the Phoenix arrive at Privet Drive to rescue Harry. They ride brooms back to headquarters at Sirius Black's house, 12 Grimmauld Place. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 5: Harry reads a copy of the Daily Prophet, the wizarding world's newspaper. Remus Lupin (David Thewlis) and other members of the Order explain that Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge has launched a smear campaign against Harry and his claim that Voldemort has returned, calling him "the boy who lies." (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 5: Ron's father, Arthur Weasley, escorts Harry to his appeal hearing at the Ministry of Magic, going in via the visitor's entrance -- a red phone booth. At the hearing, Harry is cleared of all charges and allowed to return to Hogwarts. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 5: Sirius accompanies Harry to the King's Cross station and gives him a photograph of the original Order of the Phoenix, which included Sirius, Harry's parents, Neville Longbottom's parents and many other good wizards. "Do you really think there's going to be a war, Sirius?" Harry asks his godfather. "It feels like it did before," Sirius answers. "Like the calm before a storm. You keep it. Anyway, I suppose you're the young ones now." (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 5: Harry Potter, about to board the Hogwarts Express, thinks he sees Voldemort at King's Cross. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 5: Throughout "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," Harry experiences nightmares, seeing dark events happen through Voldemort's eyes. He finds out that some of the dreams are real. His mental connection to Voldemort makes him feel isolated and angry. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 5: Harry Potter and Luna Lovegood (Evanna Lynch) visit thestrals in the woods outside Hogwarts. The creatures can only be seen by people who have witnessed death. Later, Harry and his friends ride the thestrals to the Ministry of Magic in London. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 5: Harry, Ron and Hermione hold a meeting at the Hog's Head inn to recruit students to learn Defense Against the Dark Arts from Harry. "Facing this stuff in real life is not like school," Harry tells the students. "In school, if you make a mistake you can just try again tomorrow, but out there, when you're a second away from being murdered or watching a friend die right before your eyes... you don't know what that's like." After Professor Dolores Umbridge restricts practical magic in the classroom, the students band together and learn on their own, calling their group "Dumbledore's Army." (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 5: Harry kisses Cho Chang (Katie Leung) in the Room of Requirement after a Dumbledore's Army gathering there. Later in the film, Cho betrays the group's activities while under the influence of Professor Snape's Veritaserum. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 5: After he has a vision of Voldemort torturing Sirius in the Ministry of Magic, Harry is determined to fly off to London. Members of Dumbeldore's Army try to go with him. "Look, it's not that I don't appreciate everything you've done, all of you, but I've got you into enough trouble as it is," Harry says. "Dumbledore's Army's supposed to be about doing something real," Neville Longbottom counters. "Or was all that just words to you?" The group leaves together, riding on thestrals. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 5: Harry and his friends arrive at the Ministry of Magic. The group heads toward the Department of Mysteries, where Harry saw Sirius in his vision. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Year 5: When Sirius is nowhere to be found in the Department of Mysteries, Harry and his friends find a prophecy with his name on it. When he holds it, he hears, "The one with the power to vanquish the Dark Lord approaches, and the Dark Lord shall mark him as his equal, but he shall have power the Dark Lord knows not. For neither can live while the other survives." (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 5: Harry and his friends are ambushed by Death Eaters, led by Lucius Malfoy, who is after the prophecy. The Dumbledore's Army kids fight off the Death Eaters, using spells Harry taught them in the Room of Requirement, but they aren't strong enough. When all seems lost, Sirius Black and other members of the Order of the Phoenix swoop in to rescue them. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 5: Lupin holds Harry back after Sirius Black dies at Bellatrix Lestrange's hand. Harry chases Bellatrix into the Ministry's atrium, where she escapes after Voldemort appears. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 5: After Voldemort and Dumbledore fight each other in an epic duel, the Dark Lord possesses Harry. When he is nearly lost, Harry hears Dumbledore's voice tell him, "Harry, it's not how you are alike; it's how you are not." Harry's mind is flooded with loving memories of his friends. He overcomes Voldemort, saying, "You're the weak one. And you'll never know love or friendship. And I feel sorry for you." (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 6: Harry reads about dark occurrences in the Daily Prophet In "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince." (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 6: Harry accompanies Albus Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) to see former Hogwarts professor Horace Slughorn, who is in hiding. "You are, of course, wondering why it is I have brought you here tonight," Dumbledore says to Harry. "Actually, sir, after all these years, I just sorta go with it," Harry replies. With Harry's help, Dumbledore convinces Slughorn to return to Hogwarts. Potions professor Severus Snape teaches Defense Against the Dark Arts in the new term. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 6: On the Hogwarts Express, Harry tells Ron about his suspicions that Draco Malfoy is a Death Eater. Harry saw Draco and Narcissa with Death Eaters in Borgin and Burkes. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 6: Harry shows Hermione and Ron an annotated Potions textbook he borrowed for Professor Slughorn's class. The book, which once belonged to someone who called himself "The Half-Blood Prince," is filled with handwritten notes that help Harry perform excellently in Potions class. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 6: Professor Slughorn presents Harry Potter with a vial of Felix Felicis, a potion that makes its drinker lucky for a window of time. Harry won the potion in Slughorn's class, using the Half-Blood Prince's notes to perfectly complete an assignment. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 6: In his sixth year, Harry is Gryffindor's new Quidditch captain and Ginny is a Chaser. Ron is the team's new Keeper. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 6: Harry pretends to pour Felix Felicis in Ron Weasley's cup to boost his confidence before a big Quidditch match. Ron played a perfect match, and Harry later revealed his ruse. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 6: Harry and Hermione are shocked and upset when, on a trip to Hogsmeade, their classmate Katie Bell is bewitched and nearly dies as part of a plot to kill Dumbledore with a cursed necklace. Later, another attempt on Dumbledore's life nearly kills Ron. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 6: Harry, Ginny and members of the Order of the Phoenix watch as the Weasley's home burns after Bellatrix Lestrange and Fenrir Greyback attack the Burrow. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 6: Harry and Ginny share a kiss in the Room of Requirement. After he used the Half-Blood Prince's Sectumsempra curse on Draco, leaving giant gashes in his chest, Harry feared the book contained more dark magic, and Ginny helped him hide it in the Room of Requirement. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 6: Dumbledore shares memories with Harry using the Pensieve. In one memory, Harry sees a young Tom Riddle questioning Slughorn about Horcruxes. The memory has been tampered with, and Dumbledore asks Harry to retrieve Slughorn's real memory. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 6: With the help of his Felix Felicis potion, Harry convinces Slughorn to give him the memory. "I am the Chosen One," Harry tells Slughorn. "Only I can destroy him, but in order to do so, I need to know what Tom Riddle asked you all those years ago in your office, and I need to know what you told him. Be brave, sir. Be brave like my mother. Otherwise you disgrace her. Otherwise she died for nothing." (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 6: After Slughorn's memory reveals that Tom Riddle wanted to create seven Horcruxes -- objects that grant a wizard immortality by safeguarding split-off pieces of his soul -- Dumbledore takes Harry on a quest to find and destroy a locket. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 6: After retrieving the locket, Dumbledore and Harry apparate to the Astronomy Tower at Hogwarts. They hear footsteps, and Dumbledore orders Harry to hide. Draco Malfoy reveals he was ordered by Voldemort to kill Dumbledore, but when he can't follow through, Snape arrives and casts the killing curse. When Harry tries to chase him, Snape reveals that he is the Half-Blood Prince. Snape escapes with other Death Eaters. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 7: In "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 1," Harry's friends and members of the Order of the Phoenix arrive at Privet Drive to escort Harry to the Burrow. His friends use Polyjuice Potion to disguise themselves as Harry to serve as decoys in case of a Death Eater attack during the journey. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 7: Harry Potter lets his Snowy Owl Hedwig loose before leaving his home on Privet Drive. Soon after, Hedwig is killed while trying to protect Harry from Death Eaters. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 7: The real Harry rides in the sidecar of Hagrid's motorcycle, leaving Privet Drive with the same escort who brought him there when he was just a baby. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 7: Harry flees with Hagrid after they're ambushed by Death Eaters. Hedwig and Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody die in the battle, and George Weasley loses an ear. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 7: Remus Lupin interrogates Harry when he arrives at the Burrow to make sure he is not an imposter. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 7: Harry and Ginny share a rare moment together before the wedding of Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour. Harry had wanted to leave the night before, but Ron talks him into staying. "No one else is going to die. Not for me," Harry said. "For you?" Ron answered. "You think Mad-Eye died for you? You think George took that curse for you? You may be the chosen one, mate, but this is a whole lot bigger than that." (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 7: Minister of Magic Rufus Scrimgeour (Bill Nighy) hands Harry a golden snitch, bequeathed to him by Dumbledore. Ron receives Dumbeldore's Deluminator, and Hermione receives a children's book, "The Tales of Beedle the Bard." (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 7: When the ministry falls to Voldemort and Death Eaters attack the wedding, Harry, Hermione and Ron apparate to London and begin their hunt for the rest of the Horcruxes. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 7: Harry, Ron and Hermione arrive at Sirius Black's old house at Grimmauld Place, where they learn that the real Horcrux locket was stolen by Mundungus Fletcher. When they interrogate him, they learn that Dolores Umbridge has the locket at the Ministry of Magic. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 7: Harry, Hermione and Ron impersonate Ministry officials to sneak into the Ministry of Magic and retrieve the locket. They get the Horcrux, but are detected. They flee from the Ministry, escaping Dementors. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 7: After they apparate to the wilderness, splinching Ron's arm in the process, the trio tries in vain to destroy the Horcrux locket. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 7: Harry, Hermione and Ron travel together. Hermione carries her little beaded bag, which she has enchanted to hold their tent, books and everything else they need on their journey. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 7: Harry is shown outside the tent. After they couldn't destroy the Horcrux locket, the trio took turns wearing it for weeks as they remained in hiding. Under the dark influence of the Horcrux, Ron became discouraged about their quest and suspicious that Harry and Hermione were romantically involved. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 7: Harry and Hermione set off for Godric's Hollow to seek Bathilda Bagshot, a historian who they hope may have the Sword of Gryffindor and can tell them about Dumbledore's youth. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 7: Harry and Hermione visit Harry's parents' graves. In the graveyard, they see a symbol on a tombstone they recognize from "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" and from a pendant Xenophilius Lovegood wore to the wedding. At Bathilda Bagshot's house, they discover she is already dead, and they are attacked by Voldemort's snake, Nagini. They barely escape, and Harry's wand is broken. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 7: After a doe Patronus leads Harry to a frozen pond containing the Sword of Gryffindor, Ron returns to the encampment, guided by the Deluminator, in time to save Harry from being drowned by the Horcrux necklace. Ron uses the sword to destroy the Horcrux. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 7: The trio visits Xenophilius Lovegood to ask about the symbol. Lovegood explains the symbol represents the three Deathly Hallows: an invincible Elder Wand, a Resurrecting Stone and an Invisibility Cloak. In an effort to save his daughter, Luna, Lovegood betrays Harry and his friends to Death Eaters. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 7: Harry and his friends are ambushed by Death Eaters at Xenophilius Lovegood's house. They escape by apparating to a former campground spot, only to find Snatchers waiting for them there. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 7: Harry runs from Snatchers. The group is caught, despite Hermione's stinging hex, which disfigure Harry's face, and the snatchers take them to Malfoy Manor to collect their reward. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

YEAR 7: At Malfoy Manor, Harry and Ron are imprisoned in a cellar where they find Luna, Ollivander, and Griphook the goblin. Hermione is tortured for information on the Sword of Gryffindor. Dobby apparates to save them, and Harry duels Draco, winning his wand and grabbing Bellatrix's wand. As the group escapes the manor, Bellatrix throws a knife, killing Dobby. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

The news that J.K. Rowling is developing a “Harry Potter” spinoff movie left many magic-loving Muggles feeling a bit like Hogwarts third-years in Honeydukes Sweetshop — overwhelmed, yet hungry for more.

The new Warner Bros. film will be based on Rowling’s textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and the adventures of its fictitious author Newt Scamander, a Hufflepuff magizoologist.

Many fans, including former “Potter” stars, rejoiced at the news of more stories from the wizarding world. But the announcement also offered some would-be wizards a glimmer of hope in the possibility of more spinoffs, prequels and sequels. If “Fantastic Beasts” indeed opens up a can of ashwinders, Hero Complex offers up some suggestions for future Rowling films.

The original Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley weren’t the first young people to face off against Voldemort and his Death Eaters. Decades earlier, the First Wizarding War was fought by members of the Order of the Phoenix — Albus Dumbledore’s secret society formed to resist the Dark Lord. Original members included Harry’s parents, James and Lily Potter; as well as his godfather Sirius Black and werewolf friend Remus Lupin, Neville Longbottom’s parents, Frank and Alice; Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody, Minerva McGonagall and Rubeus Hagrid. A film based on the First Wizarding War, its heroes the young adults in the original Order, would certainly capture the imaginations of “Potter” fans who long to know more of the magical history behind the “Potter” books. Who doesn’t love a good resistance movement story? Plus, Ralph Fiennes could repeat his stunning performance as You-Know-Who.

Sirius Black (Gary Oldman) gives Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) a photograph of the original Order of the Phoenix. "I suppose you're the young ones now," Sirius tells Harry. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Sirius Black (Gary Oldman, right) gives Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) a photograph of the original Order of the Phoenix. “I suppose you’re the young ones now,” Sirius tells Harry. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Charlie Weasley and his dragon adventures

Despite his relatively minor role in most of the books, one of the most fascinating members of the Weasley family is Charlie. The second eldest of the Weasley brood, Charlie is good with magical animals and possesses a sense of adventure. After graduating from Hogwarts, he goes to Romania to study dragons — work that keeps him very busy and far from home. Surely there are some exciting tales tied to Charlie’s adventures.

Madame Olympe Maxime (Frances de la Tour), back, and her Beauxbatons students in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire." (Murray Close / Warner Bros.)

Madame Olympe Maxime (Frances de la Tour), rear, and her Beauxbatons students in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” (Murray Close / Warner Bros.)

Durmstrang Institute and Beauxbatons Academy of Magic

In “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” the fourth installment in the franchise, Potter fans learns that Hogwarts isn’t the only school for witches and wizards. Thanks to the Triwizard Tournament, Harry and company get to meet students from the Durmstrang Institute, a Scandinavian school that seemed to emphasize toughness, and the Beauxbatons Academy of Magic, an all-girls school that focused on academics and culture. Either could provide a compelling setting for more wizard tales. We’d love to see more of Madame Olympe Maxime, the half-giant headmistress of Beauxbatons. And Durmstrang’s embrace of the Dark Arts could also pave the way for some great stories.

Professor Gilderoy Lockhart (Kenneth Branagh)

Kenneth Branagh plays Professor Gilderoy Lockhart in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.” (Warner Bros.)

Gilderoy Lockhart’s tall tales

Sure, most of his victories turned out to be plagiarized, but Gilderoy Lockhart sure knew how to spin a story. The five-time winner of Witch Weekly’s Most Charming Smile Award penned a stack of alliterative bestsellers, including “Gadding With Ghouls,” “Travels With Trolls” and “Wandering With Werewolves,” among others. The foppish celebrity is by no means the stuff of legend, but perhaps Gilderoy Lockhart’s stolen adventures could make for some good comedy.

Helena Barlow as Rose Weasley, Emma Watson as Hermione Granger, Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley and Ryan Turner as Hugo Weasley. (Warner Bros.)

Helena Barlow as Rose Weasley, Emma Watson as Hermione Granger, Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley and Ryan Turner as Hugo Weasley. (Warner Bros.)

Hogwarts: The next generation

A look at the postwar wizarding world might sate some Potter-heads’ desire for more early years Hogwarts shenanigans, à la the first few “Potter” books. In the epilogue of the last installment, readers briefly met the grown-up protagonists and their children, heading to Platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross Station. A new generation of Hogwarts students in a world free of Voldemort (but still filled with plenty of peril) might prove charming.

Neville Longbottom (Matthew Lewis) battles outside the Great Hall. (Jaap Buitendijk/Warner Bros. Pictures)

Neville Longbottom (Matthew Lewis) battles outside the Great Hall. (Jaap Buitendijk / Warner Bros. Pictures)

Dumbledore’s Army

While dropouts Harry, Hermione and Ron were traipsing through the woods, talking about horcruxes, Neville Longbottom was leading a student resistance movement at Hogwarts. Neville, Ginny Weasley and Luna Lovegood reinstated the disbanded Dumbledore’s Army (originally created to help students learn defense against the dark arts during Dolores Umbridge’s tyrannical tenure) to fight against the Death Eater professors who took control of Hogwarts. The scrappy group proved vital in the final battles of the Second Wizarding War. But their daily battles, fought at Hogwarts while Harry was away, could capture the imaginations of “Potter” fans.

What “Harry Potter” spinoff movies would you like to see? Let us know in the comments.

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark | Google+


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14 Responses to J.K. Rowling: ‘Harry Potter’ spinoffs set stage for more movie magic

  1. Ayne says:

    I'd watch all of the above.

  2. Denise B. says:

    She should do a series of books about the marauder's @ Hogwart's. How they made the Marauder's Map and became animagi…all kinds of stuff. Ending with their involvement in the 1st War against Voldemort.

  3. Flame Evermore says:

    I think the natural progression would be Hogwarts, The Next Generation. Some of the old cast could be included here and there and new challenges and magic would be so great. Many people would love to see this one.

  4. Eric says:

    A prequel about Albus Dumbledore. His childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. I would prefer for this to be a book written by J.K. Rowling of course.

    Dumbledore’s life offers a rich tale of one of the most gifted wizards from the Harry Potter world.

  5. Hermione Potter says:

    OH MY GOD…
    magic world come back:))))))))))))))))))))))))

  6. yanis says:

    Hermione didn't drop out. She went back to school and finished her 7th year. She graduated with Ginny Weasley's class. Ron and Harry did not go back to school after the war.


  8. Hesiona says:

    What would I love to see? Lupin's story.

  9. Jane says:

    I want to see the Marauders at school so the fandom will stop it with all the James Potter hate.

  10. Adreana Lee says:

    I think it would be fascinating to see the story of the Founders of Hogwarts. Just their backgrounds and how they got together to create the school. And maybe even how Slytherin broke off and built the Chamber of Secrets.

  11. sebastianlordjim says:

    Those are all awesome ideas and Dumbledore's Army is absolutely my favorite.

    Ever since I read the 6th book, I immediately thought, "The Gaunt Family would make an amazing book/movie". And I also thought a book/movie. My all-time favorite idea though was a spin-off about the Weasley family. Some mad genius mentioned that to me once and I was just blown away that I hadn't thought about my favorite family in the series having their own thing. Genius.

  12. Captain Wow says:

    I recently re-read the series and I kept thinking about two different storylines I'd love to see. The original Order/Marauders was definitely in my mind, but I kept thinking about that fake trailer that came out a few years back for a Harry Potter TV show called "Aurors." I thought I remembered that's where Harry ended up and it would be awesome to see not only how his life continues but also how the Wizarding world in general changed because of the second war.

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