"Dark and difficult times lie ahead, Harry ..."
- Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
As Potter-mania falls across the land, it seems like a good time to look forward at the franchise and ask … is all well for Harry’s magical movies? I’ve enjoyed the films and the books, but as I watched Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire to review it for Cinematical this week, my mind couldn’t help but turn to my inner crystal ball of film prognostication, and I’m wondering if troubled times lie ahead – not merely for Harry and his friends, but also for the films themselves. How could I think any such thing? Bear in mind I’m not, as the kids say, '‘hatin’ on’ Harry Potter' (and I partially wanted to write that sentence so I could combine two phrases rarely seen in such proximity), but skepticism can creep into anyone’s appreciation. There are more than a few things I can see as concerns to contemplate for the future of the franchise, and they all lie below, titled Rowling-style.