Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling reportedly said that she does not to create any comics based on her popular series.
The Harry Potter book series has spawned a lot of spin-offs and adaptations. Obviously, there are the eight movies starring Daniel Radcliffe in the lead role. Later this year, the world will take in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first in a series of three films set in the Harry Potter universe. Before that, we’ll see the story from Rowling’s novels continued on stage in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which will start a run at the Palace Theater in London this summer. Then there are the various Harry Potter theme parks, a new one of which just opened up, several Harry Potter videogames, and a sea of merchandise. Obviously, Rowling isn’t opposed to others making use of her creation.
She does draw the line somewhere, however, and that line is with comic books. According to Ray Dillon, an artist and writer who works in comics, Rowling made it clear that she wasn’t interesting in doing Harry Potter comics when the idea was broached to her over a decade ago.
Dillon works for DC Comics. The president of that company, Diane Nelson, used to work closely with Rowling on the Harry Potter movies at Warner Bros, which might explain how Dillon got the opportunity to pitch the idea of a Harry Potter comic book to her.
If a Harry Potter comic ever were produced, it would be a guaranteed hit. Done well, I could even see it drawing new attention to comic books, much in the way that the original Harry Potter books inspired a lot of young kids to read outside school. All the same, we’re sure Rowling has her reasons for not wanting Harry’s story told or expanded in comic form.
h/t Bleeding Cool