What Should J.K. Rowling Try Next?

Welcome to the Thursday of Harry Potter Week! All this hubbub about the play script has got me thinking…What’s next? JKR already has quite the diverse repertoire. In addition to the original Harry Potter heptology, there are the reference books Fantastic Beasts and Quidditch through the Ages, plus the book of fairytales, Beedle the Bard. Not to mention all her non-Harry-Potter-related adult works, some of which were written under a pseudonym. On the silver screen are the original eight movies and now Fantastic Beasts is on the way (with new content from JKR). And coming up is the drama production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and its script, which will be released on the 31st.  Lastly, there is the interactive web experience that is Pottermore. So what genre or medium should J.K. Rowling tackle next? Let’s consider a few options:

  1. A Musical — Now that JKR is delving into theater, the next logical step would be to add song and dance. With the way musicals like Hamilton are sweeping through pop culture and the way geekery and musical theater have long been intimately tied, I can see a well-done musical going over very well. Then again, the fan-made A Very Potter Musical and its sequel were already so well received they are practically canon (who can think of Hufflepuffs without calling them good finders now?), so maybe that’s all we need.
  2. A Puppet Show — I was trying to be ridiculous when I thought of this and then I remembered the Potter Puppet Pals by Neil Cicierega. Again, practically canon, if only because the first videos came out early in the fandom and appealed to our young minds. (Just checked; it’s still appealing even to my older mind, too.) I remember being in grade school and my first exposure to Potter Puppet Pals was my friend reciting the entirety of “Bothering Snape” to me at the beach. I promptly went home and watched it myself, becoming a fan of some of Neil’s other works as well.
  3. A TV Show — Now here is something that hasn’t been done yet. With her experience writing film scripts and play scripts, it shouldn’t be too hard for JKR to master TV writing. I can just imagine and episodic series of the Marauders’ adventures. James Potter and his friends must have gotten up to a lot of hijinks over their seven years at Hogwarts, and we’ve only seen a few glimpses. What would you want to see her do a TV show about?
  4. A Graphic Novel — As an increasingly popular literary genre, I can totally see this happening. JKR herself is not a bad artist, though I could also see her collaborating with someone else to either retell the original stories through pictures, or create some new adventures, maybe more about Newt Scamander and the American wizarding world. I’d personally like to see Bill Weasely’s adventures as a Gringott’s curse-breaker in illustrated form. Check out her art skillz in the video below!
  1. Poetry — I can totally see an Odyssey-like epic poem about the defeat of Grindelwald (just a coincidence that his name kind of sounds like Beowulf’s Grendel?) or Voldemort’s original rise to power. Or maybe it would be about the four original founders of Hogwarts, a sort of expanded version of the Sorting Hat’s song. In fact, given all the sorting hat songs, the Gringott’s warning, riddles like Snape’s potions obstacle behind the trapped door or those in the triwizard tournament, and more, we can see that JKR is no stranger to verse.
  2. A Clothing Line — or perfume, makeup, or nail polish. This seems to be what celebrities do when they get famous enough. From Avril Lavigne, to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, popstars and movie stars love to make their own fashion lines. Maybe it’s time for some authors to hop on this trend. Wouldn’t you drool over some JKR-official makeup designed around the four House colors? But would the clothes be muggle clothes or wizard robes? Or Arthur Weasley’s bizarre take on how Muggles dress?
    Gryffindor makeup

Would you get behind any of these ideas? What do YOU think J.K. Rowling should branch out and try her hand at next? Let us know in the comments!

~ Sci-Fi Summer Reading Challenge Updates ~

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Books in progress:

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson — What if some people had incredible abilities, but such power inevitably corrupted them? Set in post-Calamity Chicago, this tale of superheroes-gone-wrong follows a little band of human resistors as they try to overthrow their invincible Epic overlord.

Books Finished:

Clockwork Fairytales: A Collection of Steampunk Fables Edited by Stephan L. Antczak and James C. Basset

Empire in Black and Gold (Shadows of the Apt #1) by Adrian Tchaikovsky

The Young Elite by Marie Lu — I was a little disappointed by the writing style. After all the hype, I was expecting it to be more mature and polished. The world-building and premise were still quite interesting, though.

Current Level: Red Shirt


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