With the Fantastic Beasts franchise proving to be a critical and commercial disappointment for Warner Bros. Discovery, the studio is now heading back to the drawing board in an effort to figure out where to take Harry Potter next. There's been talk of a reboot, TV shows, and even a big screen adaptation of The Cursed Child, but nothing has been confirmed.
The latter story was produced as a play and served as a sequel to J.K. Rowling's original novels, picking up with Harry, Ron, and Hermoine as adults (while also shifting the focus to their children as they head to Hogwarts).
Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson have shown little interest in reprising their respective roles as they look to move on with their careers. Rupert Grint, however, has now admitted that he would be open to returning as Ron should the opportunity present itself.
Talking on UK chat show This Morning (via SFFGazette.com), the actor said: "Yeah, I think if the timing was right and everyone was kinda coming back I’d definitely revisit it. It’s a character that’s important to me. I kinda grew up and we kinda became the same person. I feel quite protective of him as well."
Clearly, he'd only come back if he's joined by Radcliffe and Watson. It doesn't exactly sound like Grint is angling for an invite, though, and the question was whether he'd play Ron again if asked. We find it hard to imagine him outright dismissing the notion, but the actor has actually started finding great success in his own right away from the Wizarding World.
It took him perhaps a little longer than his co-stars, but in recent years, he's impressed with performances in the likes of Servant, Guillermo del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities, and the upcoming Knock at the Cabin (based on early buzz for the M. Night Shyamalan movie, anyway).
Only time will tell what comes next for Harry Potter, but Warner Bros. is unlikely to sit on the franchise for very long.
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