Potterheads the world over, rejoice! A secret, ninth film about the boy wizard is in the works. Well, sort of. The project is actually a mini-movie, to be shown only at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Florida, as well as the two Harry Potter attractions currently under construction in California (due to open in 2014) and Japan (in 2016). This will probably mean that only American and Japanese fans (and those willing to travel, of course) will be able to enjoy this last piece of the Boy Who Lived’s story.
Filming is already underway in Hertfordshire and, of course, the schedule will be much tighter than it has been for any other film in the franchise. Helena Bohnam Carter is one of the actors who will be reprising their roles in this final installment. This is something to look forward to for a lot of people, not least of all the rights holders of the story. The entire franchise, spanning ten books, eight films, a theme park and countless items of Harry Potter memorabilia is estimated to be worth over $24 billion.
For the fans of the series all of this means something else. The release of the eight film was described by many as the end of an era. Tears were shed and the hype for the “big finale” kept building up for months. However, it looks like as long as there are people to watch and, of course, profits to be made, Hogwarts really will be there to welcome you home.