Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint haven’t reprised their roles of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley for a decade now, but the director of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Chris Columbus, wants to bring the gang back together for one more ride.
Speaking to Variety, Columbus said he would love to work on a movie adaptation of The Cursed Child, a 2016 Harry Potter play that takes place 19 years after the final book in the series ends.
“I would love to direct ‘The Cursed Child,'” Columbus said. “It’s a great play and the kids are actually the right age to play those roles. It’s a small fantasy of mine.”
Radcliffe, Watson, and Grint are all in their early 30s, making them about the right age to play Harry, Ron, and Hermione on the big screen once again for this story. The Cursed Child focuses on Harry and Draco Malfoy’s children, with the original heroes serving as supporting characters. The play was a big hit on Broadway, setting records when it opened in 2018.
Columbus directed 2001’s The Sorcerer’s Stone and 2002’s sequel, The Chamber of Secrets. He also served as producer on Prisoner of Azkaban. David Yates took over directing duties for the final four Harry Potter movies, and also directed the first two Fantastic Beasts movies.
Yates is next helming The Secrets of Dumbledore, the third movie in the Fantastic Beasts spinoff series set to be released next year.
The original play was written by Jack Thorne, along with John Tiffany and Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling, though it’s been a conflicting time for Harry Potter fans as J.K. Rowling has become a major proponent of anti-transgender rhetoric.
While it’s unknown if a movie version of The Cursed Child will ever become a reality, Warner Bros. is still working on a potential Harry Potter TV series, and the video game Hogwarts Legacy, which will reportedly allow players to create transgender characters.
Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN. You can find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.