Wizarding World

Wizarding World
Wizarding World logo.jpg
Created byJ. K. Rowling
Original workHarry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)
Print publications
Book(s)List of books
Films and television
Theatrical presentations
Play(s)Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Video game(s)List of video games
Soundtrack(s)List of soundtracks
Theme park attraction(s)The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Digital publicationPottermore

The Wizarding World[1][2] (previously known as J. K. Rowling's Wizarding World)[3][4] is a fantasy media franchise and shared fictional universe centred on a series of films, based on the Harry Potter novel series by J. K. Rowling. The films have been in production since 2000, and in that time ten films have been produced—eight are adaptations of the Harry Potter novels and two are part of the Fantastic Beasts series, with more films already slated to come out in the coming years. The films are owned and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. The series has collectively grossed over $9.2 billion at the global box office, making it the third-highest-grossing film franchise of all time (behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Star Wars).

David Heyman and his company Heyday Films have produced every film in the Wizarding World series. Chris Columbus and Mark Radcliffe served as producers on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, David Barron began producing the films with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in 2007 and ending with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 in 2011, and Rowling produced the final two films in the Harry Potter series. Heyman, Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram have produced both films in the Fantastic Beasts series. The films are written and directed by several individuals and feature large, often ensemble, casts. Many of the actors, including Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Tom Felton, Michael Gambon, Ralph Fiennes, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Helena Bonham Carter, Gary Oldman, Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Jude Law and Johnny Depp star in numerous films. Soundtrack albums have been released for each of the films. The franchise also includes a stage production, a digital publication, a video game label and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter–themed areas at several Universal Parks & Resorts amusement parks around the world.

The first film in the Wizarding World was Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001), which was followed by seven Harry Potter sequels, beginning with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in 2002 and ending with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 in 2011, nearly ten years after the first film's release. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) is the first film in the spin-off/prequel Fantastic Beasts series. A sequel, titled Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, was released on 16 November 2018. Three additional instalments remain in various stages of production. A third film, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, is scheduled for release on 15 April 2022. Warner Bros is also planning to develop a television series, set in the Wizarding World, to debut on HBO Max.[5]

  1. ^ "New logo marks an exciting year ahead for the Wizarding World". Pottermore. 12 March 2018. Archived from the original on 14 March 2018. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  2. ^ Outlaw, Kofi (13 March 2018). "'Fantastic Beasts 2' Trailer Officially Establishes Harry Potter 'Wizarding World' Film Universe". Comic Book. Archived from the original on 14 March 2018. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  3. ^ Gardner, Kelvyn (22 November 2016). "Fantastic Beasts release shows the magic in brand reinvention". Campaign. Archived from the original on 11 June 2017. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  4. ^ "NBCUniversal Acquires Rights To J. K. Rowling's 'Wizarding World' Franchise" (Press release). Comcast Corporation. 8 August 2016. Archived from the original on 20 October 2017. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  5. ^ "'Harry Potter' Live-Action TV Series in Early Development at HBO Max (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 25 January 2021. Retrieved 7 April 2021.

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