Despite all of the controversies regarding J.K. Rowling’s transgender-exclusionary political views and the cancellation of the two Fantastic Beasts films audiences were initially promised, the Harry Potter franchise is still going somewhat strong.
Hogwarts Legacy, a recent video game giving fans the chance to explore the Wizarding World of Harry Potter as a student studying Witchcraft and Wizardry, has been a great success on paper (despite all of the reported shortcomings in gameplay experience).
All of Universal Studios’ Wizarding World of Harry Potter areas are still as popular as ever, and now, a Harry Potter TV series is reportedly in the works at HBO.
According to an article by Bloomberg, Warner Bros. Discovery Inc. is “close to a deal for a new online TV series based on Harry Potter, the best-selling young adult books.” The report states that each season would constitute one of the novels, making for at least seven seasons.
Not only that, but the different medium can easily make for a more complex and book-accurate adaptation than the film series. After all, it’s difficult to condense hundreds of pages into a two-hour movie while retaining everything fans loved about the novel. However, when it’s stretched out against multiple episodes of a TV series, it’s much easier to create a faithful adaptation.
A ‘HARRY POTTER’ reboot is in the works at HBO.
Each season of the series would be based on one of the 7 books.
— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) April 3, 2023
Bloomberg also states that J. K. Rowling will be “involved” but will not “run the show.” Here is the full statement:
The author will be involved in the series to ensure it remains loyal to her original material but will not run the show day to day or serve as its primary creator […] Rowling has at times generated controversy with remarks about the trans community.
J.K. Rowling will be involved in the ‘HARRY POTTER’ remake for HBO so she can “ensure it remains loyal to her original material.”
However, she will not be the showrunner.
— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) April 4, 2023
How do you feel about a Harry Potter TV series?