JK Rowling has more money than God, so it seems a little antithetical to describe any project she embarks on as a “cash grab,” and yet that’s the first phrase that came to mind when I heard that she was adapting one of her Project Red Nose books, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, for film.
What’s even more confusing are the number of Harry Potter actors who are saying that they may or may not take part — so far Radcliffe is in and Rickman is out, allegedly — but hat kind of wacky frame narrative would even be involved in something like this? Harry pulls out an old textbook and reminisces?
I’d like to keep this franchise going as much as the next emotionally stunted Harry Potter fan, but surely a series about the Marauders, or Beetle the Bard, or that damn encyclopedia we’ve been promised for like a decade now (!!!), or even a version of Pottermore than doesn’t give everyone a case of the sads would make more sense than this.
That, and Rowling is apparently writing the script herself. She’s a solid, engaging writer, but it’s just a different medium. And adapting a plotless book is going to be hard enough.
What do you think — good idea? Bad idea? Am I just being a curmudgeon?