Yep, J.Ok. Rowling Will Revenue From “Incredible Beasts 3”

FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE SECRETS OF DUMBLEDORE, from left: Jessica Williams, Callum Turner, Jude Law, Fiona Glascott, Dan Fogler, Eddie Redmayne, 2022. ph: Jaap Buitendijk / Warner Bros.

Fantastics Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” is the primary film within the Harry Potter-verse in 4 years, and it is as soon as once more elevating questions on how a lot latest Harry Potter content material its creator, J.Ok. Rowling, earnings from. Rowling’s continual and vocal transphobia has turned off many former followers from the franchise and stored others away from new Potter content material till it is clear whether or not or not their {dollars} would financially profit Rowling. Nevertheless, as with different creations, “The Secrets and techniques of Dumbledore” is straight tied to Rowling, similar to just about all different approved Harry Potter content material.

Though there are different authorized stakeholders, together with movie studio Warner Bros., Rowling maintains strict management over all the pieces and something to do with the Harry Potter franchise. No approved initiatives may be made with out her stamp of approval, plain and easy. That additionally means, in fact, that no approved Harry Potter initiatives (like the Fantastic Beasts film series) may be made with out her taking advantage of them.

This ironclad management even extends to edits and rewrites on Rowling’s work. In 2013, when Warner Bros. introduced the deal for the Incredible Beasts movie sequence, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that her contract features a stipulation that the studio couldn’t rent different screenwriters to do edits or rewrites on Rowling’s script with out her categorical approval. Consequently, the primary two Incredible Beasts motion pictures have Rowling as the only credited screenwriter; for “The Secrets and techniques of Dumbledore,” she shares screenwriting credit score with Steve Kloves, who tailored all however one of many Harry Potter novels for the large display screen.

Lately, the Harry Potter franchise has seemingly tried to distance itself a bit from Rowling — or as a lot as doable, on condition that she nonetheless performs such a central position within the franchise. In January 2022, HBO Max aired an elaborate retrospective reunion particular, “Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts.” Whereas dozens of cast and crew were invited to reunite and share their views on the blockbuster franchise, Rowling herself solely appeared in a few temporary, archival interviews, with dates listed on display screen as if to attract consideration to the truth that the interviews have been previously, not new content material.

Regardless of maintaining appearances like this, the straightforward reality of the matter is that Rowling earnings from all Harry Potter content material, whether or not she’s the face of the franchise or not.


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