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Will J.K. Rowling Profit From Fantastic Beasts 3?

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FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE SECRETS OF DUMBLEDORE, from left: Jessica Williams, Callum Turner, Jude Law, Fiona Glascott, Dan Fogler, Eddie Redmayne, 2022.  ph: Jaap Buitendijk / Warner Bros.

Fantastics Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” is the primary film within the Harry Potter-verse in 4 years, and it is as soon as once more elevating questions on how a lot current Harry Potter content material its creator, J.Ok. Rowling, income from. Rowling’s continual and vocal transphobia has turned off many former followers from the franchise and stored others away from new Potter content material till it is clear whether or not or not their {dollars} would financially profit Rowling. Nonetheless, as with different creations, “The Secrets and techniques of Dumbledore” is instantly tied to Rowling, similar to just about all different approved Harry Potter content material.

Though there are different authorized stakeholders, together with movie studio Warner Bros., Rowling maintains strict management over all the pieces and something to do with the Harry Potter franchise. No approved initiatives will be made with out her stamp of approval, plain and easy. That additionally means, in fact, that no approved Harry Potter initiatives (like the Fantastic Beasts film series) will be made with out her making the most of them.

This ironclad management even extends to edits and rewrites on Rowling’s work. In 2013, when Warner Bros. introduced the deal for the Incredible Beasts movie sequence, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that her contract features a stipulation that the studio couldn’t rent different screenwriters to do edits or rewrites on Rowling’s script with out her categorical approval. Because of this, the primary two Incredible Beasts films have Rowling as the only real credited screenwriter; for “The Secrets and techniques of Dumbledore,” she shares screenwriting credit score with Steve Kloves, who tailored all however one of many Harry Potter novels for the large display.

Lately, the Harry Potter franchise has seemingly tried to distance itself a bit from Rowling — or as a lot as doable, provided that she nonetheless performs such a central function within the franchise. In January 2022, HBO Max aired an elaborate retrospective reunion particular, “Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts.” Whereas dozens of cast and crew were invited to reunite and share their views on the blockbuster franchise, Rowling herself solely appeared in a few temporary, archival interviews, with dates listed on display as if to attract consideration to the truth that the interviews have been prior to now, not new content material.

Regardless of maintaining appearances like this, the easy reality of the matter is that Rowling income from all Harry Potter content material, whether or not she’s the face of the franchise or not.