In today’s entertainment world, spinoffs, prequels and sequels have become the norm of almost any blockbuster franchise. Eight films came from Harry Potter (not including Fantastic Beasts), along with other media enterprises. There hasn’t really been a canonical spinoff featuring other characters from the novels, though.
If J.K. Rowling were to enter her universe (again), here’s who she should write about.
1. Cho Chang
Cho Chang’s greatest contribution was giving Harry his first kiss. She’s so much more than a tepid love interest, though. The Ravenclaw student has emotional depth, jealously and wisdom. Despite her lackadaisical relationship with Harry, she still comes to his aid during the Battle of Hogwarts. What happens afterwards, though? That’s what we must discover!
2. Rubeus Hagrid
A good deal is actually known about Hagrid’s past, including his family origins. Nevertheless, he lived one of the most unique lives of any of the characters prior to the canonical story. He’s a giant, his pets are scary, and yet he’s arguably the kindest, friendliest person in the whole wizarding universe. How did he develop into such a friendly giant?
3. Neville Longbottom
Neville develops from bumbling wit into unlikely hero over the course of seven books. Over that period, he became one of the most popular characters in the entire universe. In the epilogue, it is revealed that Neville marries and becomes a Hogwarts professor, which may not be the most exciting character conclusion of all-time. Nevertheless, the tragic story of his upbringing would be a good story, as would be what Neville is up to when his Gryffindor friends are causing mass shenanigans en masse.
4. Quirinus Quirrell
The Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher only appeared in one novel before biting the dust, the natural consequence for tying one’s fate with He Who Must Not Be Named. There won’t be any afterlife for this guy, but how did he end up having Harry Potter’s archenemy attached to the back of his face? What led him down the path of power and evil? Paging Ansel Elgort for the prequel.
5. Crabbe and Goyle
Ah, Crabbe and Goyle, Beavis and Butthead, Thing 1 and Thing 2. Draco Malfoy’s minions grew more insidious as time went on, becoming serious Death Eaters instead of just brainless brats. They weren’t always evil, though, despite their lineage. At some point, they must have just been regular kids. One can imagine that the Malfoys had to do with their transition to Harry Potter bullies, but there can still be a light-hearted comedy prequel as the two kids try to make their way through schooling and life together.
6. Rita Skeeter
A side story on the journalist pretty much writes itself. She starts off as an English major at university. After a failed career as a novelist (no publisher is interested in her soporific stories), she becomes an obituary writer for a local paper. Assuming that nobody reads the section, she begins writing salacious things about the dead. When confronted by her editor, Skeeter claims she researched the tales herself – they’re all true. She’s promoted up the ranks until catching the attention of the Daily Prophet. Will her lies catch up to her? Will her insatiable desire for success trump the ethics and morals she swore herself to when entering the journalism field?
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