Chris Columbus Wants to Direct New 'Harry Potter' Movie to Fill in 19-Year Gap
Two questions: 1) How do you feel about the first two "Harry Potter" movies, which were directed by Chris Columbus; and 2) How do you feel about a new "Harry Potter" movie following what Harry, Ron and Hermione did in that 19-year gap between the main story's end and the flash-forward?
Some fans may think we should leave Harry Potter well enough alone, and for all we -- or Chris Columbus -- know author J.K. Rowling may be among the "leave it alone" crowd. So far, she hasn't addressed the director's pitch, which he just made to Entertainment Weekly Radio.
Chris directed the first two movies, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" and "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," which were very faithful to Rowling's books and the most childlike of the series. After Chris, things got increasingly dark, adult, and creative with the filmmaking and artistic license. Chris told EW he originally wanted to direct the whole series but stepped away because it would take too much time away from his family. Here's his pitch to go back to Harry's world:
I would love to go back and do another one. Not 'Fantastic Beasts' as much, which I think is going to be amazing, but I would love to do another movie with those three characters — Harry, Hermione, and Ron. I'm just fascinated about what happened to them after the end of the last movie, because then they cut to  years ahead. There's  years there of great Harry Potter stories."
EW asked if he had approached J.K. Rowling, and he admitted, "I don't have the courage to actually mention that to her because I have such respect for her. She should do what she wants to do, but I really would love to know what's in her head about those missing years."
Well, it's out there now, and fans are now debating Chris's directing style, some praising his faithful adaptations and others yawning at his literal translations. Where do you stand on those movies, and do you think J.K. should give a green light to a movie (or movies) covering the time after our gang left Hogwarts but before they put their own kids on the train?
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