If you’re a fantasy film fan, or if you simply have any children in your life, you might want to brace yourself for some good news and some bad news: Emma Thompson has been forced to choose between the “Harry Potter” and “Nanny McPhee” franchises. And in her mind, the choice was always obvious.
“No, no, no,” the Oscar winner insisted when we asked whether she’d be returning as Professor Sybil Trelawney in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”. “I’m making my own ’Nanny McPhee’ next year. They mean much more to me.”
The final “Potter” films are due to begin shooting early next year – roughly the same time when Thompson has the green light to make a sequel to the beloved 2005 film she wrote and starred in.
“The working title is ’Nanny McPhee and The Big Bang’,” she revealed to us. “It’s not a sequel, actually, it’s a new story.”
The original film had Thompson’s wart-heavy governess employing magic to help a father tame his wild kids. “[The second film] is set one hundred years later; the only thing that is the same is Nanny McPhee,” she explained. “It’s about two families: A family of country children, and a family of town children, [both] during the war. So it’s about evacuees, and the father is away at war. So this time, the lone parent is the mother. That’s what it’s about: The big war, and a war between these two sets of extremely different children.”
The actress, who will soon be seen in the awards-worthy drama “Last Chance Harvey” alongside Dustin Hoffman, once again helped to write the second McPhee film. Thompson explained that while she knows it will once again be a lot of work, she can’t wait to begin – even though her Potter involvement is the collateral damage.
“The Harry Potters are great big franchises that are something I’m not emotionally attached to or necessarily particularly creatively attached to,” Thompson explained. “That’s more like doing a turn, whereas the Nanny McPhees are something I’ve written. The art is in those films, they’re very handmade, they’re something that’s very close to me. Those are the ones I really care about.”
Will you be sad to not see Emma Thompson in any more Harry Potter films, or does the thought of another “Nanny McPhee” make it all worthwhile?