Many actors from the Harry Potter franchise have distanced themselves from the films. For example, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson seemed to consciously make more eclectic and adult movie choices in the years immediately following the franchise. Radcliffe also said a 20th-anniversary Potter reunion isn’t likely because of his busy schedule. However, though Radcliffe may not return as Harry Potter, the actor has ruminated on playing a different character in a potential Harry Potter reboot.Additionally, tragic losses mean the original cast could never reunite. With the franchise being two decades old, Harry Potter fans have mourned for several cast members over the years. Unfortunately, since the films, Helen McCrory, who played Narcissa Malfoy; John Hurt, who played Mr. Ollivander; Alan Rickman, who played Severus Snape; and numerous other key actors have died. With such devastating losses, an additional film with the original Harry Potter stars would never feel complete.
Controversy or no, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is reigniting the box office and a big part of that is because of the diverse amount of characters such as Wong, Razor Fist and Li. While some of the characters will certainly recur in future MCU films, it’s not clear when or where that will be for all of them. Wong will be back for Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness next year, but Munteanu’s Razor Fist and Chen’s Li may have a longer wait. Still, their addition to the MCU makes the franchise expand that much more and continue to build more opportunities for newer characters to find their place in future projects.
Additionally, an existence outside the original movies provides the opportunity for storytelling in a new format. Adapting books to movies always brings disappointment, as films inevitably cut key characters and plots for time. A Harry Potter and the Cursed Child movie would have similar limitations. However, a TV series could provide the leeway for the franchise to cover plot points from the books that were either glossed over or entirely ignored. The early seasons of Game of Thrones are a perfect proof of concept. Ahead of season 5, Game of Thrones stuck closely to George R.R. Martin’s novels, receiving praise from fans and critics. A Harry Potter TV series could have similar mischief managed.