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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

April 1, 2014 at 11:10 AM

A ‘Harry Potter’ musical?

In keeping with the constant interest in all things Hogwarts, plans have been announced today for “Harry Potter: The Musical,” a feature film now in its early stages of development. A producer, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that his group was originally working on a musical version of “Downton Abbey,” which was constantly stalled as Lady Edith had to be repeatedly re-cast, due to various personal catastrophes suffered by each actress playing her. The Potter musical was seen as an opportunity to reach out to a younger audience — and, the producer said, expand that reach by casting a few Americans, revealing that Jaden Smith is in talks to play young Harry. “It was all just so . . . . English, you know?” the source said, of the previous movies. Also reportedly in negotiations: KristenĀ  Stewart as Professor McGonagall (“we think she sings; she won’t tell us”), Matthew McConaughey as Dumbledore (the McConaissance continues), Johnny Depp as Voldemort (oh, I can see that; can’t you?), and that cat from “Inside Llewyn Davis” as Crookshanks. Agents for these parties had no comment, though word is that the cat is holding out for script approval. Expect to hear more about this fast-tracked project, particularly its potential hit song, a mournful ballad planned for Hermione (Jennifer Lawrence, playing young) and entitled “Why Am I the Only One Who Does Homework?”

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