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Chris Columbus wants to direct another Harry Potter movie

Press Trust of India  |  London 

Director Chris Columbus says he wants to direct more "Harry Potter" sequels as there are plenty of stories to tell in the franchise.

Columbus, who directed the first two "Harry Potter" films, said he is not interested in making the planned "Fantastic Beasts" movie, but wants to come up with a new story, reported Entertainment Weekly.

"I would love to go back and do another one. "Not 'Fantastic Beasts' as much, which I think is going to be amazing, but I would love to do another movie with those three characters - Harry, Hermione, and Ron.

"I'm just fascinated about what happened to them after the end of the last movie, because then they cut to 18 years ahead. There's 18 years there of great Harry Potter stories," he said.

Talking about weather he would discuss the idea with author JK Rowling, Columbus said, he lacks courage to talk to her about the film.

"I don't have the courage to actually mention that to her because I have such respect for her. She should do what she wants to do, but I really would love to know what's in her head about those missing years."

"Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them" is a prequel to the "Harry Potter" franchise, taking place 70 years prior to the first book.

The film, which will be directed by David Yates, who helmed the last four "Harry Potter" movies, is set for a November 2016 release.

First Published: Wed, July 22 2015. 09:02 IST