Warner Bros has filed trademarks for a number of Quidditch-related names and titles

Warner Bros could be planning a Harry Potter spin-off film focusing on the fictitious sport of Quidditch.

As well as trademarking Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, the title of the forthcoming spin-off film JK Rowling is writing, and Newt Scamander, the name of that film’s hero, Warner Bros has trademarked several other Potter-related names and titles.

These include, Bleeding Cool reports, the title of a fictitious book on the sport Quidditch Through The Ages, the name of the book’s author Kennilworthy Whisp and the names of the Quidditch teams Wimbourne Wasps, Chudley Cannons and Kenmare Kestrels. The title of another Hogwarts textbook, Tales of Beedle The Bard, has also been trademarked by Warner Bros.

Exactly what – if anything – Warner Bros intends to do with these trademarks is entirely speculative but the fact five of them are Quidditch-themed suggests that something may well be in the pipeline. When Warner Bros announced earlier this month (September) that Rowling would be penning the screenplay for Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, the studio described it as “the first in a new film series which is part of their expanded creative partnership with [the author]”.

Rowling’s Harry Potter novels were adapted into a series of eight films released by Warner Bros between 2001 and 2011. They took a collective $7.7 billion (£4.9 billion) at the box office worldwide, making Harry Potter the highest-grossing film franchise ever.