The Real Reason Chris Columbus Wants To Work On This Harry Potter Story

In an extensive interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Chris Columbus reflects on his time making “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” two decades ago. He also revealed his desire to return to the franchise with “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” the two-part stage play by Jack Thorne (based on a story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Thorne). The play takes place 19 years after the events of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” with Harry now the Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement at the Ministry of Magic and his son, Albus Severus Potter, now a student at Hogwarts.

Columbus told THR, “A version of Cursed Child with Dan, Rupert, and Emma at the right age, it’s cinematic bliss. If you’re a film nerd or cinephile, it’s kind of like what J.J. [Abrams] did with Star Wars. Star Wars really started to be great again when J.J. made the film and we had all the original cast back. There’s no question if you’re a Star Wars fan, you were moved just seeing them on screen, seeing Harrison Ford as Han Solo again — and Chewy. It was very moving. I think that would be the same situation for Harry Potter fans. To [be] able to actually see these adult actors now back in these roles? Oh, yeah. It would be amazingly fun to make that film — or two films.”

The huge mass of “Harry Potter” fans would likely agree with Columbus on that note.

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