J.K. Rowling’s two-part West End stage play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is currently in preview performances at the Palace Theatre in London ahead of its grand opening at the end of the month – timed just right with the release of the play’s script book.
Effectively an eighth official installment in the “Harry Potter” series, the story is set 19 years after the events of ‘Deathly Hallows’ and follows older versions of the beloved characters. Since it was announced it has led to an obvious question – will the property be adapted to the screen one day?
Rowling herself denied such a possibility in February, however it now appears Warner Bros. Pictures is preparing for it just in case as last week the studio filed for a trademark for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” in the UK, a trademark that includes motion pictures and a long list of potential merchandise options. The official trademark on IPO.Gov (via Slashfilm) includes:
“motion picture films featuring comedy, drama, action, adventure and/or animation, and motion picture films for broadcast on television featuring comedy, drama, action, adventure and/or animation; audio video discs, and digital versatile discs featuring music, comedy, drama, action, adventure, and/or animation”
Warner Bros. Pictures has nothing to do with stage play productions which makes this trademark registration all the more interesting. The official “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” script book hits bookstores on July 31st.