Quidditch

Though it was previously announced that J.K. Rowling would help develop a Harry Potter spin-off movie based on the Hogwarts textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and the adventures of its author, Newt Scamander, it is only the first of many Potter-based films to come. We know that’s the case because Warner Brothers is now copyrighting more material that could lead to other spin-off films, including material that suggests a Quidditch film.

The folks at Bleeding Cool noted that Warner Brothers trademarked these titles:

  • Tales of Beedle The Bard
  • Quidditch Through the Ages
  • The Quiddidtch teams Wimbourne Wasps, Chudley Cannons, and Kenmare Kestrels.
  • Quiddidtch expert and Quiddidtch Through the Ages author Kennilworthy Whisp.

Copyrighting material and making a movie are — of course — totally different animals. It’s like the difference between wanting to have sex and being pregnant. Still, this suggests the studio is in to making a movie about Quidditch, which would combine the world of Harry Potter with a sports film. So, let’s run through a couple of options:

  • They could go the Rush/When We Were Kings route, and create a bio-pic/faux-documentary about the world’s best Quidditch player, and perhaps an intense rivalry he had.
  • They could go the Bad News Bears/Slap Shot route and tell the story of the least disciplined Quidditch team in the league in the classic “slobs vs. snobs” template. Their team could be called “The Broken Wands.”
  • They could go the Friday Night Lights/North Dallas Forty route and show how serious the game is, and the consequences of stardom, and how seriously schools and fans take their sports.
  • They could go the Hoop Dreams route, and show poor wizards who view being good at Quidditch as the only way out of the ghetto.

The options are there, but I think we like the last best.

Would you watch a Quidditch movie?