2016 is a good year for Harry Potter, which is weird, since there hasn’t been a new book since 2007 and a new movie since 2011. But oh wait. There is actually a new book, when the script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child hits shelves in a few short weeks, and a new movie, when Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits theaters later this year.
2016 might also bring us more Harry Potter than we were expecting. There might be a super-secret Harry Potter movie in the works. For real.
How, what, and where, and OMG? Irish Lawyer Brian Conroy happened to be browsing through new trademark licenses — as you do — and happened to come across a whole bunch of them for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: The MOVIE. Most of them have been filed by Warner Bros. Entertainment, and some by master wizard and scribe, J.K. Rowling, herself. It oddly looks like they’re trying to…catch them all (of the trademarks).
They even applied for a “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child meat tenderizers” trademark, and that is not a joke.
As Conroy writes on his website, sure, they could just be doing this to be on the ~safe side~ so that no one else swoops in and snags all the trademarks for Cursed Child. But, why bother spending the time and money securing a ton of trademarks if you’re just going to tuck them away on the off chance a Cursed Child movie does get made?
Rowing has stated a few times that Cursed Child is a play, and it’ll only be a play…but that doesn’t mean that couldn’t change somewhere in the future.
There are also a few other very valid points that Conroy raises, like: how Warner Bros. applied for the trademark, and they actually have NOTHING to do with the Cursed Child play; the trademark is for only five years; and the trademark covers credit cards, so maybe you could snag a Harry Potter credit card sometime soon, also Cursed Child paper cups, water bottles, Christmas stockings, and soybean malt. Really. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child soybean malt, can you even IMAGINE?
This is all still solely speculation, and maybe Cursed Child becomes a movie, and maybe it doesn’t.
But if Warner Bros/J.K./THE WORLD wants our opinion, we vote YES.