It’s been a bleak summer for pop culture — except for Netflix’s crowd-pleaser Stranger Things, which has attracted viewers with its loving homage to ’80s properties like The Goonies, E.T., and It. Now its creators, the Duffer Brothers, have revealed their cast model for future seasons is inspired by a beloved franchise: the Harry Potter films, which found Daniel Radcliffe (Harry), Emma Watson (Hermoine), and Rupert Grint (Ron) growing into their roles.
“The dream is a Harry Potter situation,” Matt Duffer tells EW of the Netflix series.
Released on July 15, Things, about a Midwestern town and a very problematic interdimensional portal, features a handful of child actors, including Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson), and Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair). And the Duffer Brothers (Hidden) say they have no intention of letting go of the fan-favorite young cast.
Explains Duffer: “I love watching kids growing up on camera. So the idea seeing where these kids and these characters are one year later is cool to me. And it allows us to explore the mythology of our nether.”
Things still hasn’t been officially renewed for a second season — although it’s hard to imagine it won’t.