Fans in a spin as J.K. Rowling drops Harry Potter movie bombshell

Photo: Warner Bros.
Photo: Warner Bros. 

J.K. Rowling has broken a six month Twitter hiatus to drop a hint that has fans all in a tizz about the possibility of a brand new Harry Potter movie.

The author shared an image to Twitter of the Death Eater skull and Slytherin House snake, suggesting a Cursed Child film could be about to drop. 

Rowling wrote, "Sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places #HarryPotter #CursedChild."

If so, it will be the best-kept secret in movie land and will propel the Harry Potter franchise into unchartered territory.

Why? The Cursed Child was written as a play - rather than a novel - and premiered on stage in London's West End three years ago. Locally, it's currently playing in Melbourne and overseas, in New York.

The Cursed Child is set nearly 20 years after the end of the final "Harry Potter" story and is centered on the children of Harry, Hermione and Ron.

Die hard fans immediately began to speculate.

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"I'm extremely curious what this could mean. Does it have anything to do with the rumour of Warner Brothers wanting to buy the rights to Cursed Child?"

Other were not so enamoured with the idea of a Cursed Child film.

The first Harry Potter movie was released in 2001 with Daniel Radcliffe starring as Harry, the lead role.

Seven more films followed it, finishing up with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 in 2011.

It has been one of the most popular franchises of modern times, spawning countless fan groups, conventions, creative arts endeavours, stage shows, and even a theme park.

Stay tuned for more news around Rowling's tantalising hint.