Harry Potter TV Series in the Works for HBO Max

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This was as inevitable as Harry having a duel to the death with Voldemort.


Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

The film adaptations of the Harry Potter books is one of the more impressive franchise accomplishments of the 21st century, but since they were films, there were always going to be massive sacrifices to fit the books into the runtime. You were bound to lose some unnecessary stuff like Peeves the Poltergeist (a loss I’ve never felt once while watching the movies) as well as more important details like Hermoine starting up S.P.E.W. or the full backstory for Voldemort. Now those subplots may finally make it to the screen.

THR reports that HBO Max is meeting with potential writers to bring Harry Potter to the streamer in some form. Per THR, “have engaged in multiple conversations with potential writers exploring various ideas that would bring the beloved property to television. Sources say broad ideas have been discussed as part of the early-stage exploratory meetings.”

The Trio in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2

Image via Warner Bros.

Obviously, that might mean not doing a straight adaptation of the books again (although I think it would be nice to see a consistent vision carried through years while being able to hold onto actors as they age naturally through the roles like they did in the movies). There are plenty of places to go with a Harry Potter series, but as we’ve learned from Fantastic Beasts, not all Wizarding World ideas are gold. Fantastic Beasts has struggled to figure out its protagonist and purpose, and simply existing in the Wizarding World hasn’t been enough to salvage a weak story.

There’s also the worry about J.K. Rowling’s involvement. She still controls the franchise and has a say over everything that happens in the franchise, and right now she’s a bit of a toxic contributor with not only the Fantastic Beasts movies that have failed to catch fire, but also her repulsive comments against the transgender community. Furthermore, the streaming rights for the Harry Potter films are all over the place. A Harry Potter series would allow HBO Max to have a permanent home for Harry Potter content that’s not the poorly received Fantastic Beasts films.

Nevertheless, Harry Potter is an incredibly valuable IP for Warner Bros. when franchises are everything to studios, and an IP only has value if it’s cranking out more content (yes, it’s gross to refer to art this way, but this is how businesses perceive their assets). It will be interesting to see the direction they go with a Harry Potter series. While a new adaptation seems like the safest bet, especially since it’s been 10 years since Deathly Hallows, Part 2 and a new generation could get into Harry Potter, I also wouldn’t be surprised if they try to tell an entirely new story or spinoff that either explores a facet of the Wizarding World beyond the Boy Who Lived.


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