We're just hours away from the release of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (See our review here), which closes out one of the most successful franchises in movie history. But what can Warner Bros. replace it with? Here are four possibilities.
DC ComicsThe DC Universe was mentioned last year as a possible replacement for the Potter movies, but based on the performance of Green Lantern, that might end up being a much better idea than reality. Unless DC somehow manages to tweak their movies to find the magic (no pun intended) formula that'll satisfy audiences and critics alike, Warners may have to look in an entirely different direction to find the next Harry Potter.
The Further Adventures of The PotterverseYes, the novels may have finished with Deathly Hallows, but as JK Rowling's Pottermore has demonstrated, there's more to be said about the world in which Harry and friends lived. Even if Rowling herself isn't involved with any potential spin-off movies (More Hogwarts stories? A heartwarming family comedy based around the Weasleys? A political thriller set inside the Ministry of Magic?), there's no doubt that there'll be an eager fanbase out there waiting to see what happens next, and hoping for a cameo from much beloved characters from the original movies...
The Next Best ThingIs there a chance that lightning could strike twice? Could the Potter audience accept something brand new that plays with the same ideas, themes and genre tropes as Rowling's stories, but is otherwise disconnected from the franchise and... well, almost brand new? I have my suspicions - not least of all because it certainly hasn't happened in the books world, and any attempt by movie studios to do something similar has resulted in... well, how many people really watched Percy Jackson? I think I've made my point.
Born AgainIf Sony can reboot Spider-Man after only a couple of years off, would an audience accept a Potter reboot? Probably not, but that's okay, because there's also the (I can't believe they haven't done this already) possibility of "Special Editions" of each of the eight movies, with upgraded special effects - 3D-ifying each one, perhaps? - and extra footage, which may end up being more profitable in the long run. After all, it worked for Star Wars, right?
...There's also the possibility that Warners will just move on and not try to fill the void of an annual summer blockbuster franchise, but, let's face it: That's not going to happen.