Guillermo Del Toro Regrets Turning Down A Chance To Direct Harry Potter

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Guillermo del Toro is probably one of the more recognized names when it comes to the fantasy genre, and his unique style for visuals has been distinct in all of his movies. As expected, del Toro had been offered a bunch of different projects throughout his career, and there was actually a chance that we could've seen him direct one of the Harry Potter movies.

Del Toro opens up about this during an animation masterclass at the Annecy Festival (via IndieWire), and he says that of all the bog movies that he's turned down, Harry Potter is one of his regrets.


He didn't specify which Potter movie he was asked to direct, but he was said to have had a hand in convincing Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men) to helm Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Just imagine what a Harry Potter movie with del Toro's signature creatures. It would have been amazing!

As the franchise trudged along, WB seemed confident with director David Yates who helmed the last four HP movies and is set to direct four more Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them films. I don't know about you, but with a world as imaginative as Harry Potter, I'd like to see what other directors would have had in store for the franchise. Lucasfilm isn't making J.J. Abrams direct every other Star Wars movie that's coming out.

Going back to del Toro, he's currently focused on the release of his next project, The Shape of Water, starring Lauren Lee Smith, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Michael Shannon. Besides Harry Potter, he was also attached to direct The Hobbit for New Line Cinema before Peter Jackson took over; I'm just curious what other title is coming del Toro's way.

The Shape of Water comes out Dec. 8.

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