After reports surfaced of Warner Bros Discovery discussing the possibility of a Harry Potter TV series, we finally have confirmation. HBO Max – now rebranded simply as Max – announced in a recent company presentation that Harry Potter will become a television series that will run for 10 years and extensively cover the seven books by J.K. Rowling. On that note, the author also confirmed that she will be a part of the show’s development.
The plans for the Harry Potter TV series seem ambitious. The show will faithfully adapt each of the seven popular books by Rowling, presumably encompassing one season per book. A new young cast will be hired to portray the main characters as well. Max said in a recent statement that “the series will be a faithful adaptation of the beloved Harry Potter book series by author and executive producer, J.K. Rowling.”
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The 2000s Harry Potter movies were, for the most part, faithful adaptations of the books too but some creative liberties had to be taken and content cut in order to condense the stories down to feature-length. Without a constrained run time, the TV series will offer a deeper dive into the books and possibly adapt most of the cut content from the source material.
Rowling also released a statement confirming her hands-on involvement in the show’s development, stating:
“Max’s commitment to preserving the integrity of my books is important to me, and I’m looking forward to being part of this new adaptation which will allow for a degree of depth and detail only afforded by a long form television series.”
The Wizarding World saw a massive resurgence in mainstream popularity recently thanks to the launch of the video game, Hogwarts Legacy, which went on to sell over 12 million copies in just two weeks. The prequel game set a century before the events of Harry Potter allowed players to create their own fifth-year exchange student and attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry while unravelling sinister plots revolving around a goblin rebellion and dark wizards.
We can expect casting news and more to arrive for the new Harry Potter TV adaptation in the coming months.
Source: Warner Bros Discovery